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Posted on January 28, 2019 at 4:23 PM by Rita McKelvey
In August 2018, the Montgomery County Commissioners officially adopted Bike Montco: The Bicycle plan for Montgomery County. Through much of the fall, MCPC staff went out to a half-dozen meetings and events throughout the county to educate local officials and the public about the plan.
While the primary focus of the plan is the creation of physically tangible on-street bicycle facilities, similar to those common in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the United States, Bike Montco is so much more:
Bike Montco is a major plan that will involve many partners. It will take years to realize; not everything can be achieved at once. Here are some of the projects MCPC will be working on in 2019:
The future looks bright for bicycling in Montgomery County. With the Bike Montco plan serving as the official playbook, we hope that Montgomery County will continue to evolve as a bike-friendly place in just a few short years.
Tag(s): plan, cyclists, cycling, bikers, bike plan, bike network, Bike Montco, bike lanes, bike friendly, bicyclists, bicycling
Posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:06 PM by Troy Woodyard
On Thursday, August 9, the Montgomery County Commissioners unanimously adopted Bike Montco, Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan. The plan has been in the works for nearly two years and is the culmination of the hard work of Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) Staff, the 40 members of the steering committee, and over 2000 individuals who gave public comments.
The vision of Bike Montco is that “In Montgomery County, bicycling will be a fundamental part of daily life where all bicyclists can enjoy a safe, convenient ride every time they put a foot on a pedal.” To do this Bike Montco takes a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the themes of Connected Communities, Education and Enforcement, Equity, Health and Environmental Sustainability, Safety and a Vibrant Economy.
The core of the
plan is the proposed Bike Montco Network which will include strategic
on-road bicycle improvements that will improve connections between residential
communities, schools, village centers, parks, business centers, and the county
trail system. In addition, the proposed
network will provide links between residential areas that can often feel like
bicycling islands, with the broader community.
The Network will take years to develop, as much of it will be built as roadways throughout the county are repaved and upgraded. However, even in draft form, the Network has proven to be valuable when asking for bicycle specific improvements in dozens of PennDOT, County and even private development projects.
The Bike Montco Plan and the Network can be found on our website at the following address: www.montcopa.org/bikemontco.com
This fall MCPC staff will be taking the Bike Montco road show out to our municipalities. We will be giving Bike Montco presentations to each of the 4 regional planning committees in the western half of the county and at 3 additional events in the eastern half with the goal of explaining the plan and its vision. The dates will be posted on www.montcopa.org/bikemontco as they are scheduled.
Looking to read more? Earlier in the month articles appeared on philly.com and WHYY/NPR about Bike Montco’s adoption.
Tag(s): Plan, Montgomery County’s Bicycle Master Plan, Montco, MCPC, Bike, Bicycle
Posted on June 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM by Rita McKelvey