Thursday, October 31, 2013

MCDOT to Construct Dual Bikeway on Woodglen Drive

MCDOT is installing a dual bikeway along a portion of Woodglen Drive that includes:
  • An eight-foot, off-road, shared use bikepath on the west side of Woodglen Drive between Edson and Nicholson lanes in North Bethesda;
  • An on-road, six-foot-wide bike lane on the east side of Woodglen Drive (in the northbound travel lane); and
  • An on-road shared lane, or “sharrow” on the west side of Woodglen Drive (in the southbound travel lane).
Sharrows are pavement markings that alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists and encourage safer passing practices.

The Woodglen dual bikeway will provide an important link to the Bethesda Trolley Trail and access to Metro stations, as well as retail and neighborhood activity centers in the Rockville and North Bethesda areas.

In Maryland, bicycles are classified as vehicles and are permitted on any road where the speed limit is posted at 50 mph or below. The on-road bicycle lanes will require the removal of six metered parking spaces along Woodglen Drive. Travel lanes will be narrowed for the sharrow. To enhance safety, discourage speeding and alert motorists to those using the path, curb extenders will be built at the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Woodglen Drive.

For more information on bicycle infrastructure projects, visit MCDOT's bikeways website.