Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway

The Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot is a project to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Grove Street on the edge of downtown Silver Spring. The project stretches along Grove Street from Sligo Avenue in the south to Bonifant Street in the north.

A Neighborhood Greenway is a street where the safe movement of bicyclists and pedestrians is prioritized, and the fast, through movement of vehicles is minimized. Tools can include speed treatments such as speed humps and diversionary treatments. Grove Street is identified as a future neighborhood greenway in the County’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan.  This project is a pilot project, meaning that treatments will use temporary materials that can be modified or removed.

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Contact Us

Project Manager: Matt Johnson , AICP
Division of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park, 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
240-777-7237

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Answering Your Questions


How will the Virtual Public Meeting work?
MCDOT will be holding the July 15 public meeting in a virtual setting. This means that you can log on with your computer or call in with your telephone to listen to and participate in the meeting. You will need to register for the meeting ahead of time, so please use the registration form on the project basics tab. We will have project meeting materials posted on this page before the meeting so that you can review them in advance of the meeting and be better prepared to discuss them.
We will also have some feedback tools on the participate tab before the meeting.

What is a neighborhood greenway?

A Neighborhood Greenway is a street where the safe movement of bicyclists and pedestrians is prioritized, and the fast, through movement of vehicles is minimized.
This is achieved by using different treatments to slow down drivers or discourage them from using the street. Tools can include speed treatments such as speed humps and diversionary treatments.
The treatments used on Grove Street will be determined following the July 15 meeting. We will bring some ideas to the table to get your feedback on the correct approach.

What is a pilot project?

This project is a pilot project, meaning that treatments will use temporary materials that can be modified or removed based on how they’re working and community feedback.
While neighborhood greenways are common in other parts of the United States and Canada, they are new to the Washington, D.C. region. This pilot project will allow MCDOT to test out treatments without any permanent changes to the roadway should the treatments not work as expected.
We are also collecting data on how effective the treatments are. “Before” data was collected in February 2020, and data will be collected again after Stage 1 (speed treatments) and again after Stage 2 (speed treatments + diversionary treatments).

What are “speed treatments”?

Speed treatments are traffic calming tools added to the street that encourage motorists to drive more slowly. They can include things like “chokers” that make the road narrower, “chicanes” that introduce a weave to the roadway, and “mini-roundabouts” that require drivers to move through intersections more slowly. These are just a few examples:

speed treatments example

What is “access management?”

Access management refers to treatments installed to reduce drivers’ ability to move through the network. Treatments can include making a street one-way at the end of a block, installing a median so that drivers can only turn right at an intersection, or full closures for portions of the street. Other tools are available. This is only a sample of treatments.

Diverstionary Treatments access managment picture

What’s a “walking lane”?

We’ve heard from many residents that a sidewalk is desired. Unfortunately, a permanent concrete sidewalk behind the curb is beyond the scope of this project. As an alternative, MCDOT is considering the addition of a “walking lane” to Grove Street.
The Walking Lane would be a space in the roadway that is designated for walking and is separated from vehicles with a raised barrier, most likely comprised of parking stops, since this is a temporary treatment.
Other cities, including Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C. have used this treatment in areas where a permanent sidewalk is impractical or cannot be installed quickly enough to meet the need.

walking lane

For more information on potential treatments, please review the Neighborhood Greenway Treatments Primer document.

Thank you for your interest in the Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway. In addition to the July 15 Virtual Public Meeting, MCDOT is working on tools to let you share feedback with us. These tools are still under construction, but please check back soon. You can also sign up for email alerts to be notified when these tools have been added to the website.

Feedback Tools

  • Interactive Map:
    Use this interactive web map tool to identify areas of concern or other issues in the area. The map allows you to drop a flag on the map to identify issues to the planning team.
Interactive Map
  • Survey on preferences for the Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway:
    Use this survey to share your preferences about the proposed neighborhood greenway on Grove Street.  The survey has 15 questions, and should take 10-15 minutes to complete.  Before starting the survey, reading the Neighborhood Greenway Treatments Primer may help answer some questions.  When ready to begin, start the survey here .

More feedback tools are coming soon!

Come to our Virtual Meeting!

The next community meeting won’t take place in person due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but you can join us through your computer or by telephone. We look forward to your participation. If you do not have access to a computer or feel uncomfortable using the Virtual Meeting Format, please reach out to the project manager, Matt Johnson . He will work with you to figure out an alternate way to participate.

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held on July 15, 2020 at 7PM to discuss Stage 1 of the pilot project. MCDOT staff will present initial concepts and gather your feedback in preparation for installation of Stage 1 in the Fall of 2020. View the slides for the meeting here .

You are required to register beforehand. To register for the meeting, please fill out the following form.  Meeting login information is below .

Meeting log-in Information:

July 15, 2020 at 7PM
Link: https://zoom.us/j/98415868117?pwd=WGQwb1FveSt2cVdsNnlackZxR3NkUT09
Meeting Video (July 15, 2020)
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Meeting ID: 984 1586 8117
Password: 220936
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Meeting Slides

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Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway