Kidical Mass Gaithersburg – July Ride

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Kidical Mass Gaithersburg aims to support families in everyday use of bicycling.  Based on successful efforts in other cities, including DC and Arlington locally, the aim is to have monthly rides that are social, casually paced and fun while supporting a local business.  We also will raise awareness of the possibilities for safer bike routes in the community and guide folks to the easiest ways to navigate the community by bike.  While the ride is geared toward families, anyone is welcome to join.

Rides will be held on the second Sunday of each month starting at 2 pm.  Locations and routes will be announced a few weeks before each ride.  We look forward to seeing you.

The next ride is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th, 2 pm starting at Lakelands Park with the following route:

Main St.
Brightmeadow
Lakelands Dr.
Gatestone
Lake Varuna Mews
Main St.
Golden Ash
Market St. E
Main St.
Spagnvola

More information on Kidical Mass nationally can be found at:  http://www.kidicalmass.org/

Kidical Mass Gaithersburg – June 2, 2 pm, Lakelands Park

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Join us for our first social ride!  All ages and abilities welcome.  The ride will be a slow, mass ride through Kentlands and Lakelands through the proposed areas for bicycle infrastructure.  The ride will be especially geared to families who want to ride together, but anyone who wants to ride is welcome.  We will stop by Spagnvola at the end of the ride for some gelato, drinks, and sweets.

Upcoming Organizational Meeting – Sunday, May 19th, 4:30 pm

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We will be holding an organizational meeting for those interested in joining us in supporting a robust bicycling community for all ages and abilities.  The meeting will be a chance for folks interested in learning more about how we will work together to:

  • Support biking for transportation
  • Work with the City, businesses and neighborhood groups on bike infrastructure (paths, on street lanes and markings, bike racks, etc)
  • Bike safety
  • Family biking
  • Social rides
  • Commuting for school and work
  • Bike share

Making Good Even Better

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Kentlands and Lakelands were designed to be highly walkable.  Wouldn’t it be great if it were just as bike friendly.  Sure the low speed streets are easy to navigate, and yet not quite good enough to bike with the family or to school.  Most folks end up riding on the sidewalks which defeats the walkability.  Our paths around the lake are great, but what if you want to ride to the store or Main St. for gelato?  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a dedicated lane for bikes?  Yet, our streets are so narrow, how could this be possible?

Check out the proposed Kentlands Lakelands Bicycle Infrastructure.  A few modifications to the street grid would greatly enhance the ability of bicycles to flow through the community while helping to encourage routing traffic through our retail streets.  It is called the Main and Market Sts. plan.  Close Kentlands Boulevard at the circles and lead cars into the parking lots through our retail streets.  At the same time, open up Kentlands Boulevard as a bicycle boulevard (buses also would be allowed to flow through).  Golden Ash also would become a bicycle boulevard by becoming pairs of alternating one way streets.  Through traffic would be diverted at Market St. East and at Inspiration.  Cars could still access Golden Ash Way, but now it would function as a neighborhood street rather than a through street.  Tschiffely Square Rd. would also add a bicycle boulevard in the median.  Lakelands Drive would add a cycle track along with a few streets in Kentlands.  The shopping center roads on both sides of Kentlands also would have dedicated cycle tracks.

This dedicated infrastructure would help connect Kentlands Lakelands to the proposed dedicated bike network around NIST.  This larger bicycle network would allow cycling from Kentlands to Washingtonian, Old Towne and Metropolitan Grove/Parklands/Watkins Mill within 20 minutes.

Wouldn’t it be great if Gaithersburg became know for the connected bicycle city.  It would take many disconnected town centers and commuting stations together into one.  Sure, the CCT Rapid Transit will do this one day, but we could have this up and running in the next year, if not months.  Let’s make sure Kentlands Lakelands is a part of this re-imaging of Gaithersburg.