Thanks to Silver Spring Trails for the link to the Montgomery County Executive's Recommended FY11 Capital Budget and FY11-16 Capital Improvements Program. In addition to the County's portion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (discussed here) it also includes some information on other projects.
Here is a description (pdf) of the bikeways program. In addition to design and land acquisition for the Met Branch the other main project for the year is design and construction for the BRAC bicycle and pedestrian project in Bethesda.
There are are probably more projects, like road resurfacing and sidewalk construction, that are good for cyclists too, but the list below only includes bike specific projects (with one exception).
Annual Bikeways Program - This is the general bicycle program that pursues the goals of the County Bikeways Functional Master Plan, and (as I read it) works on smaller projects without bothering the council for permission.
This project plans, designs and constructs bikeways, trails, and directional route signs throughout the County. The purpose of this project is to develop the bikeway network specified by master plans and those requested by the community to provide access to commuter rail, mass transit, major employment centers, recreational and educational facilities and other major attractions. Types of bikeways include shared paths, designated lanes, and signed shared routes along existing roads. This program will construct bikeway facilities that will cost less than $300,000 each.
It's scheduled to receive $550,000 a year through 2016, most of which goes towards planning, design and supervision.
Bethesda Bikeway and Pedestrian Facilities - This project builds the bikeway network specified in the Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan - namely bike facilities on Bethesda Avenue, 47th Street and Willow Lane. The project is on hold until the Bethesda Lot 31 parking garage is constructed. Funding is scheduled for FY 2013.
BRAC Bicycle Facilities - This project will build a bike network around the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda to accommodate the BRAC. It will tentatively include the following components.
1. An off road bike path on the north side of East Cedar Lane from Rockville Pike to Beach Drive and another off road bike path on the south side of West Cedar Lane from Rockville Pike to Old Georgetown Road.
2. Bicycle improvements in Battery Park and on Glenbrook Parkway from Wisconsin Avenue to Jones Bridge Road.
3. An off road bike path on the east side of Rockville Pike from East Cedar Lane to Jones Bridge Road (as either a relocation or expansion of the existing sidewalk).
4. A pair of 5-foot wide bike lanes along Jones Bridge Road from Rockville Pike to the entrance at 4301 Jones Bridge Road. May be an off road bike path.
Work will begin this summer and end in September 2011.
Falls Road East Side Hiker/Biker Path - Builds 4 miles of an 8 foot wide hiker/biker path along the east side of Falls Road from River Road, where it will connect with the existing bike path, to Dunster Road. Construction is expected to start in summer 2015 and take 2 years to complete.
MacArthur Blvd Bikeway Improvements - Adds 2 to 3 foot shoulders along MacArthur Blvd from I-495 to Oberlin Avenue. Also upgrades the existing trail to current standards and includes spot improvements. Design to be completed this fall with construction to start in summer 2012 and end in late 2013/early 2014.
2 to 3 feet doesn't seem like much of an improvement. If that's all the space they have, then it'd be better to put a 5 foot bike lane on the west bound side and let east bound cyclists choose between the road and the trail (IMO).
Shady Grove Access Bike Path - Builds a 4700 foot long, 10 foot wide bike path from Shady Grove Road to Redland Road along the east ride of the Metro Access Road and connects to the bikeway along Crabbs Branch Way with a bikeway ramp. It builds another 200 feet of trail from the new path to the Shady Grove Metro Station. Construction starts this spring and will take a year.
Silver Spring Green Trail - Builds an 8 to 10 foot wide urban trail with lighting along the Purple Line alignment along Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring. This will be built as part of the Purple Line. The trail will run along the north side of Wayne from Fenton to the Sligo Creek Trail. Purple Line construction is scheduled to start summer of 2014.
And this last project is a transit project with bike implications
Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance - Builds a new entrance, via elevators, to the Bethesda Metrorail Station. The entrance is build to create a quick connection to the Purple Line's Bethesda station, but as the Capital Crescent Trail runs parallel to it, that should make for a quick trail-to-transit connection as well. Most of the funding is scheduled for FY2015 and 2016.