Beating up on the MoCo Road Code/

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The Montgomery County Council thinks the Planning Board—and the GGW community—are right about the flaws in the Road Code. Six of them sent a letter to the MoCo DOT concurring with the Planning Board’s objections. From the letter:

We are very concerned about the target speed, lane width and other cross-section dimensions, and street tree provisions in DOT’s proposed regulation. … We strongly urge that you propose a regulation to us that incorporates the Planning Board’s and it’s staff’s revisions. By doing so the regulation will lead to the best opportunity to improve automobile, bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Council President Mike Knapp and Councilmembers Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner, Valerie Ervin, Duchy Trachtenberg, and Don Praisner signed the letter.

Marc Elrich sent a separate, concurring letter which specifically says, “the target speed for streets in the Business District classification should be 25mph,” but that “we should provide the flexibility to design roads with greater target speeds on some of our roads in Arterial classifications.” Elrich is with the rest on road width and street trees.

Neither letter specifically mentions bicycle facilities.

And from their silence, we must assume Phil Andrews and George Leventhal think the original anti-tree, pro-high-speed-traffic Road Code is just peachy.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.