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  • Eric Gilliland
    Cyclists and trail users. be seen at the RALLY TO STOP MARYLAND FROM CUTTING THE ICC BIKEWAY Come to the RALLY to protest Maryland s decision to cancel the
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      Cyclists and trail users. be seen at the

      RALLY TO STOP

      MARYLAND FROM CUTTING THE ICC BIKEWAY

      Come to the RALLY to protest Maryland's decision to cancel the bike trail
      along the proposed ICC highway.

      IF the state builds the highway it must build the bikeway.

      MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD!

      ICC doesn't mean Ignore County Cyclists

      Rally Date: Saturday, January 8
      Rally Time: 9 am (before the ICC Public Hearing)
      Rally Place: James Blake High School, Silver Spring, 300 Norwood Road
      (near Norbeck Road)



      In a surprise move, the Maryland State Highway Administration has dropped
      plans to include a bike path along the proposed Intercounty Connector (ICC)
      citing environ-mental and cost concerns. If the ICC is built it must
      include a strong bicycle and pedestrian component.

      . Attend the rally Saturday

      . Submit comments to the ICC Study Team at <http://www.iccstudy.org/>
      www.iccstudy.org

      . Contact your elected officials



      This bikeway would be a superb 18-mile long transportation facility across
      the Maryland suburbs. New roads must serve cyclists and pedestrians as well
      as drivers! It is extremely important that the voices of cyclists be heard.
      Visit www.waba.org <http://www.waba.org/> or contact WABA at 202-628-2500

      for sample letters, rally info, and more.













      ICC Bikeway/Trail Benefits.


      . It will allow 18 miles of uninterrupted travel by bicycle through
      the suburbs

      . It's planned as a high quality, continuous bikeway that avoids
      street and driveway crossings, comparable to the Custis/W&OD trails along
      I-66

      . It will provide east-west bike access where few good routes exist

      . It will provide bike/ped accessibility to many suburban centers and
      communities

      . It will serve as the backbone of the planned trail system, linking
      together several transportation trails into a network

      . It will be a tremendous transportation and recreational amenity on
      par with the Capital Crescent Trail

      . It is called for by Montgomery and Prince George's County master
      plans

      . It is supported by Representative Chris Van Hollen, Montgomery
      County Council and Planning Board, and many other officials



      Whether you can make the rally or not, please urge that the trail not be
      dropped.

      1. Submit comments via the ICC Study website at
      http://www.iccstudy.org/contact.php or testify in person at the ICC public
      hearings. Maryland SHA and federal agencies are required to take these
      comments very seriously as part of the Environmental Impact Study process.

      2. Forward your comments to MDOT Secretary Flanagan, Gov. Ehrlich, and
      your state or county representatives. See www.waba.org
      <http://www.waba.org/> for contact info.



      From the Washington Post.
      "IF THERE WAS any aspect of the proposed intercounty connector project in
      Maryland that its fiercest opponents liked, it was a provision for
      a bike trail." (Editorial, January 1, 2005)



      From Federal Highway Administration policy*.
      "In the planning, design, and operation of transportation facilities,
      bicyclists and pedestrians should be included as a matter of routine, and
      the decision to not accommodate them should be the exception rather than the
      rule."
      *This agency's policies apply to roads built with federal funds, INCLUDING
      THE ICC.
      (Source: "FHWA Guidance, Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of Federal
      Transportation Legislation", February 24, 1999)


      The ICC has been a very contentious issue, but regardless of your position
      on the roadway, it is critical that if the ICC is built it include a strong
      bicycle and pedestrian component from end to end. Contact
      <http://www.waba.org/> www.waba.org for more info!


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