SmartBike in MoCo? Councilmember Valerie Ervin (Silver Spring) is suggesting a SmartBike system for Montgomery County, with stations “in the downtowns of high-density area such as Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Wheaton and Bethesda.” How about making it compatible with DC’s, so someone could one day pick up a bike in Bethesda, ride to Friendship Heights or Tenleytown to do some shopping, and bike home? (Gazette)
21st Century solutions, amen: Montgomery County shouldn’t be transforming intersections into huge flyovers, Anne Ambler of Wheaton (and a board member of the Montgomery County Sierra Club) argues in a letter in the Gazette. Instead, Maryland should spend its scarce resources to “reduce the traffic going through by providing alternatives that, incidentally, would help to reduce greenhouse gases as well.”
Road diet Catch-22: Rockville officials want to give Darnestown Road a “road diet”, reports the Gazette. DOT officials won’t ban trucks because it’s an arterial, and have to designate it an arterial because of truck traffic. “‘I read that book, it’s called “Catch-22,”’ Mayor Susan R. Hoffmann joked during Monday’s meeting.” Planners are considering a broader “complete streets” policy for Rockville.
Disappointment and a little hope: Burtonsville’s downtown revitalization plan is very modest, with few pedestrian improvements; the NOAA building planned for College Park appears entirely auto-centric; without the Army, Springfield’s best hope is transforming its mall.
Meanwhile, in DC: DC will now recycle more stuff, including plastic bags, mike and juice cartons, and almost anything plastic; teens are overrunning Gallery Place; and the former Post executive editor admits that Washington isn’t so bad (the good stuff about the actual city is on page 2).