Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Purple Line and Pedestrians

The Purple Line is a light rail transit system connecting Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.  It is currently scheduled to begin operations in 2022.

The Spring Center strip mall on the east side of 16th Street in Silver Spring was demolished to make space for the Woodside Purple Line Station.



There are several large apartment buildings across from the Woodside Station on the west side of 16th Street.



But the sidewalk on the west side ends at Spring Street.



There is no sidewalk going past the apartments.



The sidewalk picks up again on the bridge over the railroad tracks.



But then ends as soon as you finish crossing the bridge.



There is no more sidewalk on the west side until you reach Lyttonsville Road.



What would it take to have a sidewalk in place so that the thousands of residents on the west side could walk to the Woodside Station on opening day in 2022?  Working backwards, the sidewalk would have to be built in 2021.  So funding would have to be put in place in 2020.  So planning and design would have to be completed in 2019.  That doesn't leave much time for bureaucratic inertia and delay.  Will Maryland, Montgomery County, and the Purple Line Transit Partners be able to work together to make it happen?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 264: Silver Spring

We visit Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • The Dale Drive Safety Coalition wants sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • We look at pedestrian problems along Georgia Avenue in Montgomery Hills.
  • Forest Glen is also divided by Georgia Avenue.
  • 16th Street needs sidewalks.


Perils For Pedestrians 263: Boston


We visit Boston, Massachusetts.
  • We talk with the chief engineer about sidewalks,
  • We learn about WalkBoston and pedestrian advocacy,
  • We drop in on the Liveable Streets Alliance,
  • We look at the Smoot and the nature of distance,
  • We stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Perils For Pedestrians 262


  • We visit Helena to learn about Bike-Walk Montana.
  • We talk with the director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • We talk with the greenways coordinator in Cheyenne.

Perils For Pedestrians 261

  • We visit Jackson, Wyoming, to learn about Wyoming Pathways.
  • We look at a key trail connection in Great Falls, Montana.


Perils For Pedestrians 260: Alberta

We visit High River, Alberta:
  • We talk with Alberta Health Services about walking.
  • We learn about Our High River.
  • We look at levee trails and city sidewalks.
Then we visit Calgary:
  • Alberta Health Services helps many towns work on walkability.
  • We look at the impact of dogs in public space.



Perils For Pedestrians 259: Calgary

We travel to Calgary, Alberta.


  • We learn about the local organizing committee for the Walk21 conference.
  • We talk with the Mayor of Calgary.
  • We meet the Chief Urban Designer for Calgary.
  • What did a transportation planner learn when she had her first child?
  • We talk with Jim Walker, the Director of Walk21.
  • We take a quick look at the +15 walkway network.