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City Cycling Expert To Talk Bike Safety

By Aaron Kraut

Wednesday - 4/3/2013, 3:37pm  ET

A bike on a St. Elmo Avenue sidewalkAn author and professor on bikeway planning is coming to the Montgomery County Planning Department to talk bike safety, an important topic to many ahead of the county’s rollout of the Capital Bikeshare program later this year.

Ralph Buehler, a professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech and co-editor of the book “City Cycling,” will share his thoughts on how to make biking attractive for more than just those daring enough to battle car traffic. He’s speaking at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 the Planning Department’s Silver Spring headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave.).

Montgomery County hopes to install and open 29 Bikeshare stations this year in the downcounty area. Eleven of those would be in Bethesda at too-be-determined locations near Metro stations and activity centers.

The Bikeshare network and the anticipated increase of less experienced riders has left county officials concerned about existing bike paths and safety measures. It also has some Bethesda residents worried about bikers using crowded sidewalks.

Buehler’s presentation will delve into safety, bikeways, bike parking, integrating cycling with public transportation and promoting cycling for everyone. It’s part of the Planning Department’s Speaker Series. For more information, visit the website.

Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, said an update on Bikeshare’s progress is scheduled for the Monday, April 15 meeting of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board at the Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane.)