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Not mentioned in the article - completing the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Montgomery County. It has been moving at a snail's pace.

This sentence should scare everyone.

The shoulder of the road will also be widened to provide a 2-foot shoulder on each side of the road for faster cyclists.

That is what drivers on MacArthur Blvd. will expect. Does anyone else think it's hypocritical to accept and support substandard shoulders for faster cyclists when demanding that AASHTO standards be met elsewhere?

Re: "The budget issues are unfortunate. If only there were some federal program ..."

LOL I love sarcasm! But seriously every Federal fund program that can be used to support cycling is underutilized in Maryland. We have $25M in TE alone just looking for projects but to make this money go further MD requires the highest match in the nation.

How is it going further if it's unspent? If you don't spend Federal money they ask for it back. For the life of me I don't get why the state thinks it has such a great policies.

We have serious funding problems but there is no public outrage from the cycling community.

Geof, I agree. Unfortunately the locals are playing with the width of bike lanes for traffic calming. A seriously misplaced endeavor IMHO.

If they want traffic calming lets talk traffic circles, partial road closures, raised crosswalks, anything. But no, near highway characteristics for cars are being maintained/improved at the expense of cyclists.

I wish I had more time to be involved with MacArthur Blvd as its seriously abused by cars and really needs to be a model complete street.

I just had a crazy idea for MacArthur Blvd. Take the 4' of "bike space" and make a center median out of it. This could in theory facilitate cars passing cyclists. Just a thought.

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