Comments for the Summit

We asked participants to tell us what bike topics the Summit should address. Below is a sample of the responses we received.

Bike Summit Comment Word Cloud

  • -connectivity
    -safety
    -enforcing construction of infrastructure promised by development plans, e.g. White Flint Sector
  • Biking to MetroRail stations; MCPS program similar to DCPS teaching kids to ride bicycles;
  • Would like to see a plan on the 'small simple issues'. Where a small budget could handle many small issues.

    The goal to clear many of the bad connection or bad road surface issues. As many issues that do not require permitting as possible.

    Additional, critical issue. Get rid of the useless ""Share the road"" signs and replace with "Bikes may use full lanes"
  • Creating safer spaces & programs for kids and other novice cyclists to learn and practice biking.
  • The need for more TOD to create environments where the use of a bike is more convenient than the use of a car. Of course increased development places stress on our infrastructure (roads, schools, WSSC, Pepco, parks) so it is important to address how to pair development with infrastructure development. But that may be out of scope for the day's event.
  • Bike safety laws
  • More bike lanes/ taking a "complete streets" approach to state highway development rather than cars first. Need to provide bicycle infrastructure to connect Montgomery County's population centers (e.g. Silver Spring, Wheaton, Rockville).
  • What is planned to make suburban roads that connect between communities bike friendly. Examples include the North-South route of Old Columbia Pike between Burtonsville and White Oak and I'm looking for a safe bike route between East County and Rockville and a way to get into Howard County without adding 5-7 miles to my ride. Adding more as I find a need at: http://www.makeitbikeable.com/p/roads-that-desperately-need-protected.html
  • More safer roads!
  • Bike lanes and trails
  • Dedicated lanes or bike-only roadways on major commuter routes. Improvement in police training with regard to rules of the road.
  • dedicated bike lanes
  • Protected infrastructure, slowing down car traffic, connecting trail networks
  • The need for dedicated bike lanes (not "sharrows") through downtown Bethesda and other high density areas. The need for bike-friendly corridors throughout the county. The need to recognize cycling as part of the county's transportation matrix and not merely a leisure sport.
  • Bike safety particularly on roads with narrow stripped lanes and high speed limits.
  • Construction of missing hiler biker paths that are minimal but significant to make the path work.
  • Setting a firm date for achieving Vision Zero in Montgomery County. As a reference, DC is committed to ending traffic deaths by 2024.
  • Thank you for hosting this! I know budgets are tight, but it would be great for Montgomery County to fund more bicycle outreach, safety and education events for adults and kids. Even if that means contracting with a group like WABA to host or provide education at existing County and community events.
  • Secure parking. Well defined commuter routes
  • Social Innovation/Enterprise opportunities across transportation and disability.
  • -- The failure of bicyclists to follow the rules of the road

    -- How masses of bicyclists take over small county roads during the weekends, making it difficult for cars to use the roads.
  • Safety. Protected bike lanes
  • Bike/ped crossings especially at Tuckerman and BTT. Connectivity or lack there of
  • Need for a network of protected bike lanes county wide and large increase in BPPA funding to accomplish that.
  • How new roads will be built with bike transportation in mind
  • Lack of bike rack at shopping centers.
  • How traffic laws apply to cyclists both on and off the roadway.
  • What about a lope stress map for manual wheelchair users? Or are summits and planning sessions limited to discussions of needs of the ale-bodied?
  • Interconnectivity between areas in the Upcounty, e.g. Clarksburg-Germantown-Gaithersburg-Rockville.
  • Bike lanes and safety
  • safe bike trails/ paths/ protected lanes
  • Protected bike lanes. Commuter bike routes
  • Introduction of bike lanes in towns and cities.
  • Connectivity and safety
  • (dedicated) bike lanes in Wheaton and surroundings
  • Lack of bike rack and cross road design.
  • Improvements to bike network and connectability.
  • Update on the Metropolitan Branch Trail extension into downtown Silver Spring. Of course, current status on the Silver Spring Circle.
  • Bike lanes are badly needed along 108 connecting Sandy Spring to Olney!!!
  • bike lanes badly needed along 108 between Olney and Sandy Spring
  • Road maintenance; car/cyclists hot spots; completing MoCo's transportation system to incorporate bicycling, especially at key choke points which limit medium/long bicycle commuting.
  • Supporting bike riding proficiency for kids with disabilities
  • Safety
  • cyclist safety
  • more and better bike infrastructure
  • Additional bikepaths
  • Safety
  • Accelerating implementation of separated bike facilities, if possible. The facilities on Nebel Street in White Flint that are in development will have taken at least 2 years to implement by the time they are complete. I'd like to think/hope this can be accelerated as more facilities are implemented.
  • Many of the bike facilities in White Flint seem to depend on individual properties being developed, which may happen slowly over time. I'm curious about optimizing bike facilities in the intermediate term while we wait for full build out of the properties, which would enable full build of the bike facilities. I think this could be a big issue if the development in White Flint happens slowly.
  • Not sure the summit can address this, but I would love to see covered (secure would be a bonus) bicycle parking at White Flint Metro (and other MoCo Metro Stations).
  • safety (3-foot rule, driver education). road conditions. road/intersection design. interconnections/crossings
  • Secure bike parking at METRO
  • Setting up a network of protected bike lanes and resetting budget priorities away from new roads and towards more bike infrastructure and mass transit.
  • Though it may be unpopular, cyclists expect automobiles to respect their rights - certainly reasonable and expected. But many cyclists do not respect Stop signs, red lights, one ways, or - on narrow roads - don't share the road (lane) with cars, refusing to yield to the right side of the road to allow vehicles to pass. I believe cyclists should give mutual respect and consideration to cars. I feel very uncomfortable every time I see cyclists disrespect drivers.
  • update on master plan and ways to cross barriers such as 495/New Hampshire or route 29 and the NorthWest Branch
  • Concerns that the SHA is not doing enough to create safe biking facilities for me and my family, including kids in the 6-9 age group. They certainly could bike with me, but even I don't bike on shoulders where traffic is above 30mph, nor would I let my kids. Off street bikeways need to be built that connect our civic areas, schools, and businesses as well as making it easier to commute longer distances (10-15 miles). That distance is very reasonable, but the lack of proper facilities either extends the commute to 20+ miles or no reasonable connection exists.
  • More bike lanes. More bike paths
  • The dearth of bicycle parking at most older shopping centers throughout Montgomery County - and strategies to improve this situation ASAP.
  • safety. bike facilities
  • Increased access to safe ped and bike routes in the urban areas of the county.
  • Facilities for upcounty. Completing the ICC trail in the ROW. Backbone networks. Powerline hiker/biker trails
  • Dangerous crossings such as the one on Veirs Mill where Frank Towers was killed.
  • Better bike paths in upper Montgomery County that also links to lower Montgomery County
  • Vision Zero
  • Air quality.
  • Safer and better connected commuting routes on the new hamshire ave/northwest branch/paint branch corridor.
  • More bike lanes on roads, especially where commuting by bike is possible. Bike cars on the MARC trains regularly.
  • Commuter routes need bike lanes.
  • - Coordination with DOT and Parks for County-wide system.

    - Parks are legally closed btw sunset and sunrise, limiting cycling access to their bike routes? If true, what options are there, if any, to using Park trails for travel after dark? And, could the law be modified for cyclists prepared for night time riding? Current law/limitation forces night time riding to unsafe on-road routes and cumbersome sidewalks with their unique dangers.
  • Connections between communities and the ICC bike way or lack of it.