Good morning [I realize it is not morning]
- Despite the hit the Met Branch Trail took in MoCo's latest budget, it is not all bad news "Leggett’s proposed budget calls for the continued pedestrian safety improvements and funding for projects such as $982,000 for the Frederick Road Bike Path, more than $8 million over several years for MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway improvements, and $3.4 million for sidewalks on Greentree Road and Md. 355 through fiscal 2014. It also advocates for inclusion of non-vehicular transportation elements, like sidewalks and mixed-use paths, whenever feasible for road improvements and new roads." The Gazette article doesn't even mention the MBT change.
- The Bethesda Post Office, which backs up to the Capital Crescent Trail, will soon be closed, probably sold and converted into housing. "the project will include 7,000 square feet of commercial space, [and] 145 housing units... after the Montgomery County Council approved a development plan amendment Tuesday. The building will be set back 60 feet from the Capital Crescent Trail." Hopefully it will connect to and open up to the trail, instead of presenting a fenced off blank wall.
- What Arlington can do to become a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
- Calvert County is working on a new Road Ordinance. The current one is 15 years old. '[Calvert County Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt (R)] also asked if DPW had a standard for developing bike paths. Right now, the county follows the State Highway Administration’s policy, Carlson said, but it is working on an exclusive bike path design. It will not be used for the Dowell Road widening project, however, “because it’ll come up to the front doors of the people,” Sharma said.....The ideal bike trail standard would be like the one in St. Mary’s County that runs by the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Carlson said. “That’s how it should look.”'