David Anspacher, Project Manager for the Bicycle Master Plan, says the goal is “to create a network of low-stress bikeways and secure bicycle parking to get people around the county.”
WASHINGTON — Biking in the ‘burbs will be better in the future.
That’s the pledge from Montgomery County Planning Director Casey Anderson who recently tweeted: “We will not settle for anything less than the best suburban bike plan ever written — come along for the ride” Anderson’s got a team at work on aimed at making that promise come true.
David Anspacher, project manager for the Bicycle Master Plan, says the goal is “to create a network of low-stress bikeways and secure bicycle parking to get people around the county.” By low-stress, he means bikeways that help cyclists feel more secure and safer on the road: and in the future that could include bike lanes that are separated — not by a strip of paint — but by curbs with landscaping to separate the cyclists from traffic.
Right now, Anspacher says the focus is on two areas slated for massive change: the White Flint Sector Plan (along Rockville Pike/Md. Rt. 355) and the area (along Key West Avenue/Md. Rt 28). But Anspacher says there could be more separated bikeways in the future in places like the downtowns of Silver Spring and Bethesda.
Anspacher’s office generated a graphic that shows the concerns of bike users — and potential cyclists. Among the biggest frustrations, poor linkage of trails and bikeways, infrastructure design that makes crossing intersections feel dangerous, and here’s one drivers will relate to: poor pavement conditions.