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MoCo To Add MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

by Aaron Kraut — April 3, 2013 at 10:25 am 4 Comments

MacArthur Boulevard along Glen Echo Park, via Google MapsConstruction on a new bikeway along MacArthur Boulevard from the Beltway to just past Glen Echo Park will begin this month, according to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center director Ken Hartman.

The 2.61-mile, 8-foot-wide shared use bike path along the south side of MacArthur Boulevard will run from the Beltway to Oberlin Avenue and should take a year to build.

Lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will happen during the duration of the project, which will also include road resurfacing, the installation of retaining walls, driveways, underpass lighting, landscaping and a new storm drain system. The Department of Transportation’s March memo on the project has all the details.

Construction will happen on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. with occasional Saturday work in case of weather delays. Alternative pedestrian routes will be provided when any existing routes are closed because of construction. For more information,  email mcdot.dte.construction@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-7220.

Photo via Google Maps

  • local resident

    I don’t see the point of spending funds on the bikeway. I live near MacArthur and can tell you from experience that bikers NEVER use the existing bike path. They always use the road. I support biking, but before this money is spent, has any research been done to first see if bikers actually use the path. Or, if tax money is spent, improvements made and bikers still refuse to use the dedicated bike path, what then? Can it be mandatory for bikers to use the new taxpayer funded path on MacArthur. Again, I support bikers. MacArthur is a pretty road and scenic for biking. But spending taxpayer money on improving an existing path that I’ve rarely seen bikers use doesnt sound like the best use of local funds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomasbridle Tomas Bridle

      Agree. Shared road with preference for bikes on weekends would be more effective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690281381 Darren Biggs

    I think there needs to be a bikelane put in the road if you want bikers off of it and on the multi-use path. I am a pretty serious cyclist, and I use the path when I am by myself commuting to work going around 15-19mph. When I with other cyclists on a group ride we are going 20-27mph. At those speeds the multi-user path it is not safe for us tor other users. If there was a bikelane(does not need a barrier) then bikers would be on the road in their own area, kind like on MacArthur were the path shares the same pavement as the road.

  • eric

    I ride that road, and the path, most weekends. The real problem with the path is that the space for walkers/runners is not separated from space for cyclists. A pretty serious cyclist will cruise down the road at about 20 mph, if by himself, and faster in a group. At that speed, it is dangerous to have to mix with walkers / runners, especially if they have earbuds in and are not aware of their surroundings. It is for these reasons I usually find myself exasperated on the path, and end up on the road. I used to live in San Francisco. There are separate dedicated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians on the Golden Gate Bridge, and it works fine. Perhaps the same thing would work on MacArthur?

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