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Bicycle Letter - Mobley

Bicycle Letter - Mobley

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100 M
ARYLAND
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OCKVILLE
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M
ARYLAND
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240/777-7959 TTY 240/777-7914 FAX 240/777-7989Councilmember.Floreen@montgomerycountymd.govwww.montgomerycountymd.gov
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
R
OCKVILLE
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M
ARYLAND
 
O
FFICE OF
C
OUNCILMEMBER
N
ANCY
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LOREEN
 
October 4, 2012
 
Darrell MobleyActing Secretary of TransportationMaryland Department of TransportationP. O. Box 548, 7201 Corporate Center DriveHanover, MD 21076Dear Mr. Mobley,Thanks in part to a grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation, Montgomery Countyis now undertaking a plan to implement bikeshare in several locations throughout the county. Weare grateful to the department for its assistance in helping us jumpstart the program, and I urgeyou to continue to partner with us to make sure the program is safe for riders.Bikesharing has the potential to significantly improve connectivity within Montgomery Countyand provide an entirely new transportation option for many. As we encourage this mode of transportation, we must also make sure we have the infrastructure to provide a safe environmentfor all bicyclists and especially for novice riders who will travel at relatively low speeds.To this end, I encourage MDOT to implement wherever feasible these improvements endorsedby the Washington Area Bicyclist Association:
 
Buffered bike lanes--where sufficient space exists, provide buffered space between thebicycle travel space and vehicular travel space (or the “door zone” of the vehicle);
 
Non-buffered bike lanes—where space is available, provide a bike lane with a minimumwidth of five feet, in keeping with national engineering standards;
 
Shared use markings (sharrows)—where special constraints make the provision of dedicated space for bicycling impossible, provide sharrows to indicate the likelihood of bicyclists present and to show safe riding location within the lane;
 
Conflict zone markings—where conflicts between modes are anticipated (i.e. wheremotor vehicles must turn across bike facilities) use green lanes to bring greater attentionto the likelihood of cyclists, the bike facility and the potential for conflict.Specifically, I ask you to consider placing bike lanes on Georgia Avenue from Spring Street to13
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Street and on the east side of Colesville Road from East-West Highway north to GeorgiaAvenue.

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