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WABA's Quick Release 10-26-05

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  • Eric Gilliland
    WABA s Quick Release October 25th, 2005 Welcome to Quick Release , WABA s e-news flash for local bike advocates. Submissions should be sent to waba@waba.org
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 27 12:42 PM
      WABA's Quick Release
      October 25th, 2005

      Welcome to "Quick Release", WABA's e-news flash for local bike advocates.
      Submissions should be sent to waba@... by the TUESDAY before the SECOND
      and FOURTH Thursday of each month.

      In this issue: A Velodrome in NoVa!?!
      MD SHA Opposes a Vital Matthew-Henson Trail Crossing
      Support the Extension of the Magruder Branch Trail
      Public Hearing on Bethesda Bike and Ped Facilities
      DDOT Announces Workshops on Great Streets
      We've Moved!


      A Velodrome in Northern Virginia!?!

      Arlington County is moving to develop a wonderful, $100 million sporting
      facility on the 30-acre North Tract parcel, located between Crystal City and
      the Pentagon. WABA encourages you to speak out for the best possible
      bicycling facilities at North Tract by participating in a design review
      meeting on Saturday, October 29. We hope to obtain enhanced bicycle paths
      and to build an outdoor bike track (velodrome) at North Tract.

      Please note that the velodrome is not currently a part of the base North
      Tract plan. The concept for an outdoor velodrome arose when Arlington
      acquired additional North Tract property in July 2005, and bicycle racing
      enthusiasts learned that the new land relaxed design constraints so that an
      outdoor velodrome would be possible. Your advocacy is critical so that a
      bike track is a part of NorthTract. For the greatest chance of success,
      advocates should attend the morning design workshop.

      For more information on what you can do to help, please visit www.waba.org.


      Maryland State Highway Administration Opposes a Vital Matthew-Henson Trail

      The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) opposes the installation of
      a pedestrian traffic signal and other safety improvements on Veirs Mill Road
      (State Route 586) at Turkey Branch Parkway in Montgomery County. These
      safety improvements are integral to the successful enjoyment and use of the
      future Matthew-Henson hiker-biker trail. Even without the trail, many
      pedestrians and cyclists already cross the road at this location. The
      4.5-mile trail is in the advance stages of construction planning and is
      being held up by the SHA's actions. There are numerous public and community
      facilities including churches, schools, local parks, shopping centers and a
      recreation center that connect to the trail. When the trail is constructed,
      a great many more pedestrians and cyclists will cross Veirs Mill Road where
      the trail meets the road.

      A pedestrian traffic light and other safety improvements are needed to
      provide a safer crossing of Veirs Mill Road for users of the Mathew Henson
      trail. But the SHA insists that trail users make a 20-minute detour (1/3
      mile) out of the park and up and down hills to cross the road at the closest
      existing traffic signal. Countless observations of existing pedestrian
      traffic at the trail location have shown that pedestrians will risk crossing
      Veirs Mill Road rather than make the detour that the SHA proposes. For
      wheelchair-bound park users, the detour is impossible.

      Marylanders should urge their state senators and delegates to demand that
      the Maryland State Highway Administration install a pedestrian traffic
      signal and make other safety improvements where the Mathew-Henson trail
      crosses Veirs Mill Road (State Highway 586). The names, addresses, and phone
      numbers of Maryland elected officials can be found on Maryland's "Who Are
      Your Elected Officials" web page (http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/).


      Support the Extension of the Magruder Branch Trail

      The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) invites
      the public to review and provide feedback on a proposal to extend the
      Magruder Branch Hiker/Biker Trail from Valley Park Drive to the Damascus
      Town Center. The current Macgruder Branch Trail, opened in 1993, is a 3.1
      mile paved path that begins in Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley
      Road and travels north to Valley Park Road. The proposed extension will
      travel another 1.1 miles to the Damascus Town Center.

      The meeting will be held on October 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Damascus
      Public Library, 9701 Main Street in Damascus, MD. During the meeting, the
      public will have an opportunity to offer thoughts and ideas about
      preliminary trail alignment options, based on existing environmental
      constraints and site conditions. Input from this meeting will be used to
      refine and finalize the trail plan. The public will have another
      opportunity to comment on the project when the proposal and cost estimate is
      presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board for its consideration. If
      approved, the project will then be entered into the future Capital
      Improvements Program (CIP) budget for design and construction in future

      To submit written comments or receive additional information, please

      Peter Noursi, Project Manager,
      M-NCPPC, Parkside Headquarters,
      9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20901.


      Public Hearing on Bethesda Bike and Ped Facilities

      A public hearing will be held before the County Executive (or his designee)
      at 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2005 in the lobby level auditorium of
      the Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville, Maryland to
      consider a proposal to construct pedestrian improvements at the Bethesda
      Avenue/Woodmont Avenue intersection and on Norfolk Avenue between
      Rugby/Glenbrook Avenues and Woodmont Avenue in the Bethesda Central Business
      District (CBD).

      Among the improvements at the intersection of Bethesda Avenue and Woodmont
      Avenue will be:

      * the removal of the channelized right turn movement, from southbound
      Woodmont Avenue onto westbound Bethesda Avenue for the purpose of expanding
      the existing pedestrian refuge island from 1730 square feet to 2890 square

      * provisions for a 510 square foot area bump-out at the northwest corner of
      Bethesda Avenue/Woodmont Avenue intersection to channelize northbound
      through movement;

      *the expansion of existing 12-foot wide crosswalks to 16-foot wide

      Improvements to Norfolk Avenue between Rugby/Glenbrook Avenues to Woodmont
      Avenue will include:

      * Providing intersection bump-outs at the following intersecting streets
      with Woodmont Avenue;

      * Rugby Avenue/Glenbrook Avenue; Auburn Avenue; Del Ray Avenue; Cordelll
      Avenue; St. Elmo Avenue; Fairmont Avenue;

      * Providing 5-foot-on-road , Class II bike lanes on both sides of Norfolk

      Project related data and files are available for examination in the offices
      of the Department of Public Works and Transportation on the 9th floor of the
      Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, Maryland. The phone
      number is 240-777-7221.

      Written statements for consideration in this matter may be submitted to
      Bruce E. Johnston, Chief, Division of Capital Development, 101 Monroe
      Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Interpreter services are available for
      deaf and hearing impaired citizens. These services can only be guaranteed
      with five (5) days advance notice. Call TTY 240-2545 to arrange for these
      services. Facility is accessible to the handicapped.


      DDOT Announces Workshops on Great Streets

      (Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces
      a week of hands-on public workshops to help plan and design over $100
      million in transportation improvements for the following Great Street
      corridors: Georgia Avenue/7th Street, NW; Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue,
      SE; South Capitol Street; Minnesota Avenue, NE/SE; Pennsylvania Avenue, SE;
      Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE; H Street, NE; and Benning Road, NE/SE.

      Georgia Avenue/7th Street NW
      Tuesday, Oct 25, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Raymond Elementary School, 915 Spring Rd.,
      N.W., off Georgia Avenue (Metro: Georgia/Petworth Station or bus routes 70,

      Martin Luther King Jr./South Capitol St./Minnesota Avenue, SE
      Wednesday Oct 26, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Thurgood Marshall Academy (Old Nichols
      Avenue School)
      2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, (Metro Anacostia Station or bus
      routes A4, A8, A48, B2, U2, W9)

      Pennsylvania Avenue/Minnesota Avenue, SE/NE, (middle)
      Thursday Oct 27, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, St. Frances Xavier Church, 2800
      Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, (Bus routes J11, J13, K11, M6, V11, 35, or 36)

      Nannie Helen Burroughs/H Street/Benning/Minnesota, NE
      Saturday October 29, 9:00 - noon, Friendship Edison Academy at Carter G.
      Woodson, 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE (Minnesota Ave Metro or bus routes U2,
      U5, U6, U8, X1, X2)

      Great Streets improvements include new sidewalks, lighting, paving and
      street trees to improve the physical setting, reduce crime and attract new
      neighborhood businesses and residents. The workshops will discuss styles
      and themes for the corridors, priority locations and safety and mobility

      For more information contact: Karina Ricks, District Department of
      Transportation, Great Streets Project Manager, 202-671-2542,


      We've Moved!

      Please note that the new address of WABA is 1803 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd
      Floor, Washington, DC 20009. Please stop by any time!
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