Thursday, November 6, 2014

montgomery county gets its first cycletrack, and silver spring gets lots of sharrows

Montgomery County took a big step towards better bicycling this fall with a new cycletrack in White Flint and sharrows, or shared bike lane markings, on several neighborhood streets in Silver Spring. The Woodglen Drive cycletrack won't open until next week, but cyclists are already taking notice.

Two Bicyclists on Woodglen Cycletrack
The new Woodglen Drive cycletrack. All photos by the author unless noted.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation began planning for the Woodglen cycletrack last summer. By narrowing the three vehicle lanes and removing parking on one side, engineers were able to add the two-way bike lane with a generous buffer from traffic.