Back in 1996, one reader of the Post wrote in to protest the addition of bike lanes on Sligo Creek Parkway.
The Montgomery County Parks Department wants to widen Sligo Creek Parkway to create a bike lane parallel and next to an eight-foot-wide paved hiker/biker trail already in existence.
It would have required widening the road by four feet, and it's unclear if that would have been used to add a bike lane in only one direction or two, but it seems like - at best - the absolute minimum for a bike lane. I think maybe this facility was really what was mentioned in the 1991 Montgomery County Planning Guide to Trails, which was wider shoulders.
Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway have high volumes of bicycle traffic on the roadway. Shoulders will be added to the park roads where possible to provide additional roadway for cyclists. Shoulders enhance the safety of the bicyclist as well as facilitate traffic flow.
The writer was worried about speeding traffic and erosion, and I guess his argument carried the day, because there are still no bike lanes on Sligo Creek Parkway.