|7100 Wisconsin Avenue looking north|
|7100 Wisconsin Avenue|
|Woodmont Avenue at|
|Woodmont Avenue between|
Montgomery and Hampden Lanes
|Bethesda Avenue at|
If you thought people walking down the middle of Fairmont Avenue last year - when construction closed sidewalks on both sides of the street - was dangerous, wait 'til you get a load of the people walking into oncoming traffic on Wisconsin Avenue in front of the former Eastham's Exxon property.
Of course, today's press conference and "safe sidewalks" theme are actually part of a PR-blitz regarding a so-called "snow removal" bill passed for (re)election purposes in late October. Headlines trumpeted messages of a council taking bold action against a common winter problem in Montgomery County - unshoveled sidewalks after snow storms.
"County Council Passes Snow Removal Bill" - MyMCMedia
"Winter Is Coming: Snow Removal Bill Approved by County" - Patch
People who didn't have time to read the articles in detail were given the impression that snow would be removed in future winters. Actually, all the new law did was require some PR posturing like this nifty website you paid for without knowing it, and does not actually require removal or physically remove snow via the county government. There has already been a law requiring sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours of a storm. But that didn't matter to Councilmember Hans Riemer, who basked in the free election publicity eagerly granted to him by local media.
When the latest PR blizzard is over, can we finally start addressing the (un)safe sidewalks of downtown Bethesda?