WHAT'S UP THE PIKE: Frederick County says no to proposed retreat center for Silver Spring-based Muslim sect; Transit Center construction to begin this summer; Councilman Elrich interviewed (on public access cable) about Live Nation deal.
I have a friend whose father used to run from their home in Springbrook Village to his job at FEMA in Southwest. He did this every day for several decades. When I went out, I'd always see him running down the median of Route 29. His doctor said it was unhealthy because of all the pollution, so he cut the commute down by riding a bike instead. Not long after, he was hit by a car - though fortunately, he survived, albeit with a limp.
In response to his accident and several others like it, I'm sure, the County broke ground today on a sidewalk on Colesville Road between Lorain Avenue and Northwest Branch Park in Four Corners. County Executive Ike Leggett and a handful of other public officials attended the ceremony for the path, which will be little over a half-mile long.
Speakers waxed poetic about the project's significance. "‘Where the sidewalk ends’ is great for a children’s poem, but not so great for neighborhoods, so I’m pleased that we’ve been able to close the gaps and connect communities," Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) was quoted as saying.
It may be excusable that Route 29 doesn't have any pedestrian or bike trails Up The Pike, where it functions more or less as a freeway. But in densely populated communities like Four Corners, where Colesville also serves a significant amount of local and neighborhood traffic, sidewalks should be a given.
And holding a press conference for a sidewalk is even more ridiculous. Why is this considered an accomplishment? Sidewalks should be like electricity: everyone has access to it. We shouldn't be celebrating the construction of a new sidewalk. We should be fighting for the ones that don't exist yet, as if the communities not connected by them are still living by candlelight.