Suburban Bicycle Planning
Below is a link to a session at Park and Planning on planning bicycle facilities in suburban areas, being held Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 pm. This session is being organized by MNCPPC and will feature speaker Jennifer Toole of Toole Design. Hopefully some of you may be able to attend this event. (link)
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).
At 7:50 am on Tuesday, January 5th, Devika Gunasekere, 67, was crossing Old Georgetown Road from west to east at Battery Lane. She was believed to be in the area of the marked crosswalk. A Montgomery County Ride On bus was attempting to make a left turn from westbound Battery Lane onto southbound Old Georgetown Road and collided with Gunasekere. She succumbed to her injuries and died later that evening. The collision remains under investigation by Montgomery County Police. The native of Sri Lanka was married, the mother of two adult children, and a teacher assistant at the Guiding Star Child Development Center in Bethesda. Ms. Gunasekere started working at the center in May 2013 and enjoyed working with the children. This tragic event reminds us that we must continue to work towards the goal of zero pedestrian deaths - - Montgomery County joins the State of Maryland in working “Towards Zero Deaths,” to prevent all traffic fatalities! Traffic fatalities are preventable!
Stay seen this winter!
Did you know most pedestrian collisions occur between the hours of 5pm – 8pm? Whether you’re riding a bike, running, or walking outside it’s important to stay visible in the dark. Wear brightly colored/reflective outwear, an LED vest, or simply use a flash light to stay seen this winter. For more ideas on how to stay safe and seen click here.
Learn More about Safe Routes to School
Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school. Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%. And, in the past 30 years, the number of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were considered to be overweight or obese has climbed from 5% to 20%. Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to reverse these trends by improving safety and promoting walking and bicycling. One great example is Walk to School Day on October 7, 2015.MORE...
Heads Up in Parking Lots
In 2012, there were 423 reported pedestrian collisions in Montgomery County. Of these collisions, 125, or about 30 percent, occurred in parking lots and garages – a 39 percent increase in one year and the third consecutive year that collisions in parking lots increased. Visit Parking Lot Safety.
County Launches Pedestrian Safety High School Education Program
This year, MCDOT launched the Walk Your Way Grant Project to educate high school students about the importance of pedestrian safety. Through the Walk Your Way Grant Project, the County awarded grants to teams of high school students for the creation, design and implementation of a pedestrian safety education program at their high school. These projects will be implemented this Spring and a high school pedestrian safety toolkit will be released this Summer for use by high schools in the Fall. MORE...
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