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I'm intrigued with the indication of some bike treatment for River Rd to Willard Ave and continuing up Willard. This is just out of the project area proper.

This connects the CCT with Friienship Heights and any improvement would be most welcome.

Secondly the idea of River Road as a tree line walkable complete street with PBL is so far from what it is today I just can't imagine it.

The thru commuters are going to HOWL!

P.S., can someone translate what "Dual Bikeway" means?

How can this be anti-car? They are adding a road.

Right now River Rd is practically an interstate during rush hour with many cars greatly exceeding speed limits.

I imagine that in the future this will be less tolerated - I certainly hope so!

I ride that stretch of River Road every day. The proposed dual bikeway west of Ridgefield is currently a very wide shoulder. This will be more inviting, but in reality it's plenty safe today. The stretch between Ridgefield and the CCT that will be a separated bike lane is pretty intimidating to the casual cyclist. This will help get people onto the roads. The dual bikeway shown between Little Falls and Willard is intriguing, but I find it difficult to believe given the closeness of structures to the roadway and the narrow sidewalk now. This stretch is truly frightening to most cyclists, though I find it's not the worst road I go on, by far. My final thought is that this will bring more bike traffic to the Whole Foods. They better replace their goddamn recycled plastic, haphazardly bolted together bike rack that will not actually accommodate a U-lock. The manager now hides when he sees me come in, because he knows I've come to complain about it.

I retired from riding that stretch of River Rd from Little Falls Pkwy to Willard the very day when:

I was riding in the left lane of River approaching Willard as I intended to turn there. I was going flat out down the slight decline so as to not inconvenience traffic. Probably close to 30 MPH.

In the right lane a car passed - probably going 40 MPH (i.e. speeding). Simultaneously another car (BMW driver) passed *between us* straddling both lanes going much, much faster. The wind shock nearly threw me into the approaching traffic that's how fast and close he was.

I swore that I'd never ride that road again so long as there was an infinitesimal chance I be sharing it with that homicidal maniac.

There's lots of great riding around this area. But the County is seriously lagging in creating the kind of infrastructure that entices more people to get out there and ride, not just on the CCT, but to the CCT, and other places around town. This is a small and overdue step in that direction.

I commute against traffic between Baltimore Ave and the Parkway every day. One has to claim a lane, but it's relatively benign and I haven't had a driver get pissy for a while. I'd hate to do it with traffic, though, and I bet a protected facility would get a lot of people out. I notice quite a few on that miserable little sidewalk, including a some WES students.

One part of this project is to restore Willett Branch.
Maybe part of this restoration will include a path from CCT to Whole foods...as you alluded to in your post

Daylighting Willet Branch and making it into a real greenspace seems like a no-brainer to me.

Unfortunately, they only give us 3 minutes to speak at the hearing.

I actually do support the bicycle facilities proposed in the plan. That part was very well thought-out, in my opinion. The daylighting of Willett Branch is a great idea, but there are so many property owners involved that it is unlikely to happen for decades, if at all.

To get more public support, they really need to add a solid public facility like a rec center with a pool (Bethesda Pool maxed out capacity over Memorial Day Weekend). And a real park, not a postage stamp of grass. If the County is serious about the environment and protecting the Little Falls watershed, it will pony up the cash to buy some of the industrial land along the stream, and convert it to parkland and a refuge for wildlife among all the concrete.

Here is a link to a PDF of Willet Branch

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