Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway

Upcoming Meeting

The Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot Project Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  This meeting will discuss the potential Stage 2 treatments and gather feedback on the disposition of the current Stage 1 treatments.  The meeting will be virtual only. Registration is required .  

Register for the meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtfu-spzgiGNH31rBuswwJK0UIbycC7K80.

We’re looking for your feedback about the Stage 1 treatments and the potential Stage 2 treatments. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey before the meeting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LGWKWT .

 

 

The Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot is a project to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Grove Street on the edge of downtown Silver Spring. The project stretches along Grove Street from Sligo Avenue in the south to Bonifant Street in the north.

A Neighborhood Greenway is a street where the safe movement of bicyclists and pedestrians is prioritized, and the fast, through movement of vehicles is minimized. Tools can include speed treatments such as speed humps and diversionary treatments. Grove Street is identified as a future neighborhood greenway in the County’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan.  This project is a pilot project, meaning that treatments will use temporary materials that can be modified or removed.

The Stage 1 treatments along Grove Street are focused on speed management and the addition of a walking lane. They were installed in summer 2021, with speed humps installed in November 2021 due to supply chain issues. We expect the Stage 1 treatments to remain in place through spring 2022. A community meeting will be held on May 18, 2022 to discuss the effectiveness of Stage 1 and get community feedback on which treatments to add, remove, or modify as part of Stage 2. Stage 2 treatment installation is expected in fall 2022.

We’d like to get your feedback about how the Stage 1 treatments that are currently in place are working and what you think about the potential Stage 2 treatments. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8LGWKWT .


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Contact Us

Project Manager:
Matt Johnson , AICP
Division of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park, 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
240-777-7237

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Answering Your Questions

What is a neighborhood greenway?

A Neighborhood Greenway is a street where the safe movement of bicyclists and pedestrians is prioritized, and the fast, through movement of vehicles is minimized.
This is achieved by using different treatments to slow down drivers or discourage them from using the street. Tools can include speed treatments such as speed humps and diversionary treatments.
The treatments used on Grove Street will be determined following the July 15 meeting. We will bring some ideas to the table to get your feedback on the correct approach.

What is a pilot project?

This project is a pilot project, meaning that treatments will use temporary materials that can be modified or removed based on how they’re working and community feedback.
While neighborhood greenways are common in other parts of the United States and Canada, they are new to the Washington, D.C. region. This pilot project will allow MCDOT to test out treatments without any permanent changes to the roadway should the treatments not work as expected.
We are also collecting data on how effective the treatments are. “Before” data was collected in February 2020, and data will be collected again after Stage 1 (speed treatments) and again after Stage 2 (speed treatments + diversionary treatments).

What are “speed treatments”?

Speed treatments are traffic calming tools added to the street that encourage motorists to drive more slowly. They can include things like “chokers” that make the road narrower, “chicanes” that introduce a weave to the roadway, and “mini-roundabouts” that require drivers to move through intersections more slowly. These are just a few examples:

speed treatments example

What is “access management?”

Access management refers to treatments installed to reduce drivers’ ability to move through the network. Treatments can include making a street one-way at the end of a block, installing a median so that drivers can only turn right at an intersection, or full closures for portions of the street. Other tools are available. This is only a sample of treatments.

Diverstionary Treatments access managment picture

What’s a “walking lane”?

We’ve heard from many residents that a sidewalk is desired. Unfortunately, a permanent concrete sidewalk behind the curb is beyond the scope of this project. As an alternative, MCDOT is considering the addition of a “walking lane” to Grove Street.
The Walking Lane would be a space in the roadway that is designated for walking and is separated from vehicles with a raised barrier, most likely comprised of parking stops, since this is a temporary treatment.
Other cities, including Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C. have used this treatment in areas where a permanent sidewalk is impractical or cannot be installed quickly enough to meet the need.

walking lane

For more information on potential treatments, please review the Neighborhood Greenway Treatments Primer document.

Thank you for your interest in the Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway. You can also sign up for email alerts to be notified of project updates or when additional feedback tools are added to the website.

Feedback Tools

  • Interactive Map:
    Use this interactive web map tool to identify areas of concern or other issues in the area. The map allows you to drop a flag on the map to identify issues to the planning team.
  • Stage 2 Survey:
    Please complete this brief survey to give us your feedback about how well the Stage 1 treatments are working and what your thoughts are about the potential Stage 2 treatments.
Interactive Map

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