The Prince George's County Planning Department has released the Preliminary Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Corridor Sector Plan and Proposed Sectional Map Amendment, and creating a continuous network for cyclists is one of the goals.
One of the reasons the update is needed is that Greenbelt has been working on a new bike plan.
Greenbelt’s bikeways and sidewalks were given a new focus in 2009 through cooperation with the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Toole Design Group was contracted to analyze the existing bikeways and sidewalk network in the City of Greenbelt and develop comprehensive recommendations to improve the network. The effort included outreach throughout Greenbelt to key stakeholders within the community and resulted in the “Greenbelt TLC (Transportation Land Use Connections) Project Recommendations” in December of 2009.
With the Toole study as a foundation, the City of Greenbelt intends to adopt a final Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan in 2012. The 2009 Countywide Master Plan of Transportation, the Toole Design Group Pedestrian and Bicycle study, Greenbelt’s 2012 Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and additional community input all form the basis for the bicycle and pedestrian recommendations contained in this sector plan
Site surveys identified problems with bike parking, the lack of bike facilities on MD 193 and of marked bikeways in general. The city has received a grant to study bike sharing and it fits in to one of their strategies:
Ensure a fully functional transit hub remains the centerpiece of the Greenbelt Metro Station, incorporating Metro Green Line and MARC access with a bus transfer facility, bicycle amenities such as racks, storage lockers, and bike share stations
GGW has more. I meant to write more on this, but ran out of time.
The Prince George's County Planning Board and County Council will be holding a joint session public hearing at 7 pm Tuesday in Upper Marlboro. If you're a resident of Prince George's, write the Council or come to testify. Tell them that positive change requires taking a different approach than ones past.