Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leggett, Riemer and Roshdieh Announce Completion of Nebel Street Separated Bike Lanes; Another Step Forward in Transforming the Pike District

County Executive Ike Leggett (center) was joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by (from left to right) WABA Member Wayne Clark; David Anspacher, Park & Planning; County Councilmember Hans Riemer; MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh; MCDOT Bike Coordinator Pat Shepherd and MoBike Chair Jack Cochrane.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has completed construction of one-half mile separated bike lanes on both sides of Nebel Street between Randolph Road and Marinelli Road. This is another important step forward in transforming the Pike District into a bikeable, walkable, transit-oriented community. Once an additional connection is completed on Marinelli, there will be a continuous protected bike lane connection from Montrose Parkway along Nebel Street connecting it to the White Flint Metrorail Station. Read more.

SafeTrack is Coming to Montgomery County Again: Next Surge Affects Red Line Starting October 29

Start thinking about transportation alternatives now to prepare for Metro’s next phase of SafeTrack which will completely close the Red Line between Fort Totten and NoMa. Check out what MCDOT is doing to assist travelers. 

Registration Now Open for Telework Quick-Start Webinar on October 20

Metro's SafeTrack Surge 10 will have a major impact on the Red Line from October 29 to November 22.  Given the urgency of finding commuting solutions during SafeTrack, now is the time for employers to start a telework program to help continuity of operations during this rail safety project. Join MCDOT Commuter Services on October 20 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. for an informative webinar explaining how to quickly begin a telework program. Read more.

DTE Division Chief Bruce Johnston Featured on Channel 7; Discussed MCDOT’s Silver Spring Bike Lane Project

Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Transportation Engineering Division Chief Bruce Johnston was recently featured on a WJLA story about protected bike lanes that are under construction on Spring and Cedar streets. This bike lane is part of a larger plan to expand bike and pedestrian connectivity in Silver Spring. Watch the news story online

MCDOT Pedestrian Safety Street Team Distribute Safety Information at Pike District Fall Fest

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation promoted pedestrian safety at the Pike District Fall Fest on October 8 with its innovative street teams.  Wearing back packs with attached StreetSmart safety message banners, the team members engage residents by distributing safety tips and retroreflective zipper pulls that help walkers and bikers stay visible at night. 

MCDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Organizing Upcoming Pedestrian and Bike Safety Events

Students learning crosswalk safety

Nadji Kirby, MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator with the Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, is working with Montgomery County Public Schools, AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Montgomery County Police Department to organize school-based activities to promote safe walking and biking over the next few weeks.

The activities include:

An “Otto the Auto” presentation at Sherwood Elementary School by AAA Mid-Atlantic.  Otto is a three-foot-tall, remote-controlled, talking car that engages children in fun and memorable traffic safety exercises. Otto stresses the importance of pedestrian safety, bike safety, buckling seat belts, and sitting in child safety seats. 

A Crosswalk Simulation training by Kirby at Sligo Creek Elementary School for five kindergarten classes that teaches kids how to cross the street safely.

Bike rodeos conducted by the Physical Education teacher at Oakview Elementary School. 

Learn more about Safe Routes to School.

Cabin John Bridge Will Be Closed to Traffic for One Day on October 20

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will temporarily close the one-lane Cabin John Bridge (Aqueduct Bridge) to traffic on Thursday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more.