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Councilwoman asks for Montgomery County bike lanes

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Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

Bike lanes are on their way to Montgomery County -- if county Councilwoman Nancy Floreen gets her way.

Floreen wrote to the Maryland Department of Transportation asking them to install bike lanes to support the new Capital Bikeshare expansion in the county.

"Bikesharing has the potential to significantly improve connectivity within Montgomery County and provide an entirely new transportation option for many," Floreen wrote. "As we encourage this mode of transportation, we must also make sure we have the infrastructure to provide a safe environment for all bicyclists and especially for novice riders who will travel at relatively low speeds."

Floreen specifically asked for bike lanes on Georgia Avenue from Spring Street to 13th Street and on the east side of Colesville Road from East-West Highway north to Georgia Avenue.

The councilwoman also asked the county to paint in bike lanes on the following roads while it resurfaces the following roads -- all of them resurfacing projects already planned for fiscal year 2013:

MD 28 (Key West Avenue) - Hurley Avenue to South Adams Street

MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) - Emory Lane to Old Baltimore Road

MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) - Connecticut Avenue to International Drive

MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) - DC Line to Colesville Road

MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) - Glenallan Avenue to Connecticut Avenue

MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) - Warner Street to Georgia Avenue

MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) - DC Line to East-West Highway

MD 193 (University Boulevard) - Arcola Avenue to Colesville Road

MD 320 (Piney Branch Road) - DC Line to University Boulevard

MD 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) - DC Line to Bradley Boulevard

MD 355 (Hungerford Drive) - Mannakee Street to King Farm Boulevard

MD 355 (Rockville Pike) - Cedar Croft Drive to Strathmore Avenue

MD 355 (Rockville Pike) - Nicholson Lane to Old Georgetown Road

MD 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) - Montgomery Avenue to Jones Bridge Road

MD 410 (Ethan Allan Avenue) - Park Avenue to New Hampshire Avenue

MD 586 (Veirs Mill Road) - Andrew Street to University Boulevard

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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