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Montgomery County Brings Vision Zero to the Suburbs

Montgomery County is one of the first county governments in the United States to initiate a Vision Zero plan. The County has put resources in place to reduce severe and fatal collisions on County roads by 35 percent for vehicle occupants (drivers and passengers), pedestrians, and bicyclists by November 2019.

Vision Zero Project Map

03/21/2019
View Vision Zero related engineering projects using the interactive map available from CountyStat at https://countystat.maps.arcgis.com/apps/SimpleViewer/index.html?appid=f79eeb8dd7084bea9d77ca0604142b2e

Vision Zero Progress Update

03/21/2019

The Vision Zero Steering Committee will give an update about the initative's progress to the County Council on Tuesday, March 26 at 2PM. See our presentation here and livestream the event or watch on-demand at the County Council webpage.

First Meeting of the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

03/21/2019

The Vision Zero Equity Task Force held its first meeting on Thursday, March 7 at the Executive Office Building in Rockville. The group reviewed data on our diverse population, had an overview of Vision Zero, and participated in a group activity and discussion to define equity for our Vision Zero efforts. To see the slides and meeting minutes from the first meeting, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/equity.html.

Join the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

02/07/2019

Montgomery County is looking for residents to participate on a task force to recommend changes to policies and practices for engineering, education, and enforcement to ensure the County's efforts lead to increased equity between neighborhoods. To learn more, see the attached flyer and if you would like to participate please e-mail visionzero@montgomerycountymd.gov by February 15.

Public Meeting for Silver Spring Bike Lanes and Secure Bike Parking

01/29/2019

MCDOT Division of Transportation Engineering will host a public meeting on February 4 at the Silver Spring International Elementary School from 7PM to 9PM. The Dixon Avenue Separated Bike Lanes project will add a pair of one-way separated bike lanes to Dixon Avenue from Wayne Avenue to Ripley Street. Along Dixon Avenue, MCDOT is exploring the use of a raised curb to separate the bikeway from traffic. The project also includes the design of a secure bike parking facility in the base of Garage 5, on the southeast corner of Dixon Ave and Bonifant Street. This facility will allow secure access for people to park their bikes while visiting Silver Spring or commuting to Metro. It will be similar to existing “bike and ride” facilities at College Park and Wiehle-Reston East metro stations. Learn more at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-dte/projects/dixonave/index.html

Update on Pedestrian Safety

10/14/2018
The Vision Zero Steering Committee provided an update to the County Council on Tuesday, November 13 about the County Government's efforts to improve pedestrian safety as well as update crash statistics. The County's presentation can be found here and the State Highway Administration's presentation here . Video of the session can be found here with the presentation starting at minute 99.

Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors

10/05/2018

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks high-school students to serve as Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors. Interested students may apply here through Nov. 30.

Selected Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to become road-safety leaders in their school and community through this school year. Ambassadors will attend a special training in January on road safety, cause campaign development, and public speaking. In the spring, Youth Ambassadors will help lead a Vision Zero youth summit and interactive lab, serving as keynote speakers and leading a campaign design challenge with their peers.

The Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Program is a collaboration between the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and National Organizations for Youth Safety, to encourage youth to have an active role in road safety efforts and improvements.

For more information about the Youth Ambassador Program, contact Nadji Kirby at nadji.kirby@montgomerycountymd.gov

Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study

9/18/2018

The Vision Zero team is partnering with Montgomery Planning to study the Aspen Hill area for traffic safety improvements. The kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9/26 at 6:30PM at Aspen Hill Library (4407 Aspen Hill Rd, Rockville, MD). RSVP and learn more about the study from Montgomery Planning website.

City Cycling Class

9/18/2018

There are four City Cycling classes hosted in Montgomery County this fall. The first is Sunday, 9/30 at the Johns Hopkins University Parking Lot. Classes cost $10, but are free for Bikeshare or WABA members and drop-ins (if space is available). See the full list of locations from website

Meeting for Bethesda Bikeway

9/18/2018

The public is invited to join MCDOT at a meeting on Tuesday October 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (with a presentation at 6:45 p.m.) in the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East West Highway, Bethesda to discuss the design and construction of proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in Downtown Bethesda. Improvements are planned along Bethesda Avenue between Woodmont Avenue and 47th Street; Woodmont Avenue from Norfolk Avenue south to Wisconsin Avenue (MD 355); and along Montgomery Lane/Montgomery Avenue (MD 410) between Woodmont Avenue and Pearl Street. 

The improvements were adopted as master plan recommendations in the 2017 Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Design and construction funding was added to the Fiscal Year 2019-2024 Montgomery County Capital Improvement Program (CIP). adopted in May 2018.  

See MCDOT’s Project website for more information. 

Pedestrian Signal Timing Update Completed

9/18/2018

MCDOT has completed updating the timings for all traffic signals to meet the 3.5 feet per second walking standard. In addition, MCDOT is installing a new traffic signal at Randolph Rd @ Livingston St and two new HAWK signals at Muddy Branch Rd @ Suffield and Forest Glen @ Sligo.

Second Ave & Wayne Ave Separated Bike Lanes

9/18/2018

Construction is anticipated to start in a few weeks after Pepco finishes utility work along Wayne Ave. Duration of construction is expected to take approximately 2 months to complete. See MCDOT’s Project website for more information.

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