Thursday, December 08, 2016

Bethesda Capital Crescent Trail crossing where cyclist was fatally struck to get road diet

Delegate Marc Korman (D - District 16) reports that changes are now planned for the Capital Crescent Trail crossing on Little Falls Parkway where a cyclist was struck and killed in October. Korman says the number of lanes will be reduced to one in each direction, and that the speed limit will be lowered to 25. There will also be additional signage.

One issue that is going to have to be looked at by traffic engineers is, how to facilitate cars turning left in two lanes from Arlington Road onto the parkway merging safely in that short of a distance.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or we could just have a light that turns red when people cross a certain point on the trail, and say maybe educating bikers that the stop sign means stop.

Anonymous said...

This is a terrible idea. Overreaction to what ultimately comes down to an elderly driver being careless.

Anonymous said...

You're going to create a cluster for traffic, which is only getting worse because of overdevelopment of Downtown Bethesda and Westbard. Wouldn't be surprised if most of the traffic cuts thru Kenwood Forest and then they'll complain.

Why not reroute the actual bike path instead of ending where it does currently to ending further down at the actual traffic light? It'll be a lot easier for peds/cyclists to cross via a traffic lite than where they do now, and this solution would be the least expensive.

Anonymous said...

So because a few bikers can't obey the trail stop sign, we all get to sit in clogged-up traffic. That's awesome. Bless your heart, Montgomery County. You are screwy.

Anonymous said...

Then, next we can license both cycles and cyclists (more county revenue to waste.) Then install stop-sign cameras to identify bicycle stop-sign-runners and mail tickets (even more county revenue to waste.)
Perfect !!

Anonymous said...

Great - more bottlenecks in Bethesda. I just noticed that they blocked access to the alley between Woodmont and Bradley after recently blocking access to Leland St. So that's three routes (Strathemore has long been blocked off) between Woodmont and Bradley that are now blocked, forcing all traffic to either Arlington or Wisconsin where it already takes multiple signals to get through the intersection. Who pays for these streets?

Anonymous said...

Bikers win by not following the rules. Society loses. Terrible.

Anonymous said...

Why not just put full stop signs on the roadway, and leave the lanes as they are?

Anonymous said...

This knee-jerk reaction from two 80 year olds getting in a collision is completely ridiculous. There is clearly a war on cars in this area by the liberals heading these departments. Reducing these connecting roads from 2 to 1 lanes like Little Falls and Westbard will cause even further backups, trip lengths, costs of roads, etc.. Thanks for nothing Montgomery County! You all suck!

Anonymous said...

Does that mean that "you conservatives" prefer that 80-year olds die in needless car wrecks?

See? We can all can play that game.

Anonymous said...

Put regulators on the cars of 75 year old + individuals. They are not allowed to drive over 20 MPH.

Anonymous said...

http://patch.com/maryland/bethesda-chevychase/car-pulled-from-bethesda-farm-womens-market-building

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Car-Crashes-into-Bethesda-Storefront-Police-320664072.html

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/208299152-video

http://www.mymcmedia.org/car-crashes-through-lingerie-shop-in-bethesda-photos/

http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/2013/08/hit-and-run-driver-topples-light-pole.html

Cars are fighting back.

Anonymous said...

Typical overreaction. Do we even know if the cyclist who was hit abided by the stop sign that is on the trail?

Anonymous said...

build a pedestrian bridge...take the $ from purple line funds....

Anonymous said...

Oh, and expect the other website to report on this in a couple hours. Dyer beats them to the punch again.

Anonymous said...

@8:53 The other website finally has their story up. I guess Hull was reading Dyer's site, and told one of his boys to get crackin' and copy Dyer's scoop.

Anonymous said...

Hull was streaking on Bethesda Row again.

Anonymous said...

SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE MURDERED IN ONE OF THESE HOME BURGULARIES HAPPENING EVERY NIGHT OFF OLD GEORGETOWN ROAD BECAUSE THE MONTGOMERY POLICE AND CITIZENS ASSOCIATIONS ARE DOING NOTHING TO PREVENT THE ESCALATING CRIME LIBERALS ARE SO STUPID

Anonymous said...

I am more concerned about rampant vehicle thefts and home invasions occurring in Bethesda
It's crazy here now

Anonymous said...

There is enough land on both sides of Little Falls Parkway to rebuild that portion of the Capital Crescent Trail in a way that allows the trail to travel under Little Falls Parkway. I would suggest a gradual decline/incline of the Capital Crescent Trail at whatever distance is necessary to ensure the grade isn't too steep for trail users. A precast tunnel can be built offsite and installed under Little Falls Parkway along with adequate lighting. This would be an ideal solution because neither cars nor pedestrians/cyclists would be required to stop. A road diet isn't necessary. Drivers win and trail users wins. Everybody wins! YAY!

- Michael, Woodmont Triangle

Anonymous said...

5:30PM You are an idiot. Our Citizens assoc (and neighboring associations) have been working with the MCPD, they have been responsive and informative.
Stop lying.

G. Money said...

The trail should be built up on both sides so we can have a sweet jump over that part of Little Falls. If car people are jealous we can build them a loop-de-loop so the jump goes through the middle of the loop.

You're welcome, Bethesda. That will be $1.5M for consulting fees.

Anonymous said...

The cyclist ran the stop sign. There is no question about that. And now we're going to change the traffic pattern? How about more enforcement there to get vehicles -- all vehicles -- to obey the rules of the road?