Montgomery County residents should be able to count on free access to the Right-of-way, wherever there is one. ROW projects should always include design elements to make the ROW accessible to the elderly, the young, people with disabilities, and those who don’t own or operate a motor vehicle. ROWs should be maintained for everyone, not just those in motor vehicles.
Over the years I have become acquainted with Complete Streets, which is legislation that requires DOTs to consider pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and others when planning transportation projects. The Montgomery County Council should enact such legislation, as should the Maryland General Assembly. Both the State and County Departments of Transportation need this direction from Legislators, because they will not embark on this journey of their own accord. Legislators will need to find the motivation to drag these DOTs into the 21st Century.
Other jurisdictions have done just that. If Maryland really is the progressive State we like to imagine she is, then Complete Streets will be on the agenda during this campaign season, and during the next legislative sessions of the County Council and General Assembly. Our streets are not equipped for pedestrians, and the problems are getting worse, not better. Despite their media efforts to make you think otherwise, Montgomery County and Maryland are NOT living-up to their obligations to transit users, and pedestrians. I am afraid things will stay the same unless something is done to change the overall approach to non=motorized users of our ROW.
Please contact your Councilmember and State Delegates and Senator and ask them to introduce and support Complete Streets.
Who will take this important civil rights legislation on???
Complete Streets in USA Today, 2007