According to Fred Shaffer of M-NCPPC, the next quarterly meeting of the Prince George’s County Bicycle and Trails Advisory Group (BTAG) will be tomorrow, April 29th from 8:30 until 10:30 AM, at the Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building located at 6600 Kenilworth Avenue. The agenda includes the following issues:
- Naylor Road Bike and Pedestrian Safety Study
- Anacostia River Trail opening
- Potomac Heritage Trail Signage Plan (scope is being finalized)
- Bike-to-Work Day
- Bicycle safety at Riggs Road between MD 410 and University Avenue
- Bike/ped crossing of Adelphi Road at University Avenue
- Priority low cost upgrades for on-road bike improvements (sharrows/bike lanes)
- Existing or recommended standards for bike lanes, bike lanes at intersections, and rotaries.
The penultimate agenda item was my suggestion. I doubt that we can make the entire county bike friendly in the next 4 years, and would like to create a map showing the areas where county roads can become bike-friendly. My initial thoughts would be to focus on:
- The entire county west of US-1, plus some contiguous lends east of US-1
- Al land west of either MD-210 and contigous land west of Livingston Road south of Swan Creek Road
- All roads within a 2-mile radius of the WB&A, Anacostia, or any other trail longer than 5 miles.
- Roads within 3 miles of the 3-4 metro stations where the county intends to seriously push transit oriented development
That is, I would focus on those areas that either have a high cycling density or a large investment in cycling infrastructure. But this is just a strawman to start a discussion. Major arteries are state roads, which is a different story.
(Jim Titus attends BTAG meetings. The opinions expressed above are his opinions alone.)