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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.

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 presentation can be found here and the 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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