Board members representing Poolesville, Damascus and Barnesville have noticed increased cyclists traffic over the last year and wanted to find ways to protect them on their rides.
The issue is how to protect cyclists on rural roads in Montgomery County and the some are advocating for more shoulders.
The Montgomery County 5th District Police station's Citizens Advisory Board took the first step in keeping the cyclists safe on Monday. The group met with County Department of Transportation engineer Gail Tait-Nouri about the possibility of adding shoulders or designated bike lanes to some of the county's narrow roads. Advisory board member Linda Panagoulis said the group wants to explore what modifications can be made to county roads.
the group is also trying to find money to fund adding bike lanes to roads.
The board will meet with county planners April 14, Panagoulis said.
Tim Guilford of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club of Fairfax, Va. thinks shoulders would be fine, but doesn't think they're realistic. Nouri notes that to widen the roads they would need to cut down trees, but at the least she'd like to add more signs. Of course, in Maryland if there's a shoulder present, a cyclist is required to use it (unless it is too narrow, but we've seen that ignored before). So getting more shoulders may be a mixed blessing.
I suppose a cynic might think the real issue is how to get cyclists out of the way of cars, but it seems - from the article - like everyone has a genuine concern for safety. If you follow the link, there is a video of the Pedalers out for a ride.
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