Project Activity Updates

Montgomery County employees are working every day to make our roadways safer no matter how you get around. Below you can read our quarterly implementation report, see what’s going on in your neighborhood, or view a recent project report.

FY24 Quarter 1 Updates

12/15/2023

The Vision Zero Steering Committee published its fiscal year 2024 quarter 1 updates covering activity under all 45 action items. See the update at this link.

Impaired Driving Task Force and Free Rides for Holiday Season

11/21/2023

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) have activated a "Holiday Task Force" to detect impaired drivers. Considering the start of the holiday season typically sees an increase in the number of fatal alcohol-related crashes, MCPD will establish sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period. In addition, local and regional partners including Alcohol Beverage Service, Maryland Highway Safety Office, and Washington Regional Alcohol Program are brining attention to save alternatives to impaired driving including discounts on rideshare. Find a safe ride here.

Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report Released

11/17/2023

The FY23 annual report covering activity under all 45 of the plan's action items is available for download using this link.

Applications being accepted through 12/15 for 2024 Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors

10/18/2023

MCDOT is seeking up to 30 Montgomery County high school students to serve as “Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors.” The project-based learning program teaches teens leadership skills, the importance of roadway design, law enforcement, outreach and engagement techniques to address traffic safety needs in their community. Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Dec. 15.

Interested public, private and home-schooled high school students can learn about the program and apply here. The program received 139 applications last year. The program supports the County’s Vision Zero Initiative, whose goal is to eliminate traffic-related severe injuries and deaths. Youth Ambassadors have an opportunity to help the County work toward the goal by becoming road safety leaders in their communities while earning up to 35 Student Service Learning credits. Learn more here.

Vision Zero Update to Aspen Hill Civic Association

10/18/2023

County staff provided an update on Vision Zero projects in and around the Aspen Hill area at the Aspen Hill Civic Association's fall meeting. The slides can be found at this link.

Walk to School Day + Pedestrian Safety Month

10/04/2023

Montgomery County kicked off Pedestrian Safety Month and "Walktober" with a celebration of Walk to School Day at Brook Grove Elementary in Olney. This month kicks off Walking Wednesdays with a different school each week celebrating walking and biking to school. The Department of Transportation will host community meetings about recently completed walkability audits and recommendations for 3 Elementary Schools: Forest Knolls, New Hampshire Estates, and North Chevy Chase. Additional events can be found on the Vision Zero community calendar.

Impacts for Safe Streets Act of 2023

09/19/2023

The County Council will take up Bill 11-23 the "Safe Streets Act of 2023" on September 19. As the bill moved out of committee, County Government staff provided an updated crash reduction and fiscal impact statement. As of the decisions made through the June 29 committee session, the bill is expected to eliminate 4-6 crashes involving a motor vehicle driver striking a person walking or biking with potentially 1 serious/fatal crash a year. The estimated cost to implement all elements of the bill ranged from $1.1 to $1.6 million.

Cross Safe with Abuelina!

07/11/2023

Abuelina is here to help everyone safely navigate newly installed pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHBs). Learn more about Abuelina and the new campaign on the Cross Safe website.

Fiscal Years 2024-2025 Work Plan Released

07/01/2023

Under the Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan, the County Government provides detailed two-year work plans tied to the existing budget and secured grants to show residents and elected officials what will be done over the next two fiscal years. The latest work plan, covering fiscal years 2024 and 2025, was released on July 1 and can be found on the Action Plan website.

Brief to PBTSAC on Next Vision Zero Work Plan

06/08/2023

The Vision Zero Coordinator provided an overview and a copy of the County's Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 Vision Zero Work Plan on June 8. The overview slides are available at this link. The draft two-year work plan is available at this link.

Vision Zero Update to Transportation Management District Advisory Committees

05/25/2023

The Vision Zero Coordinator provided an update on Vision Zero and projects underway in the County's Transportation Management Districts on May 25. The update slides are available at this link.

FY23 Quarter 3 Updates

05/19/2023

The Vision Zero Steering Committee posted updates on all 45 action items underway for the FY23 Vision Zero Work Plan. Highlights from the quarter included work on changing State laws during the 90-day legislative session, continued progress on the Bethesda bike network, and an update on the Old Georgetown Road bike lanes. See the full update here.

Update to Pedestrian, Bicycle, Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

04/27/2023

At the April meeting of the Pedestrian, Bicycle, Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC), the committee received updates on the 2023 State Legislative Session and the development of the next two-year work plan. Slides are available at this link.

Annual Highway Safety Summit & New Fatal Crash Dashboard

04/12/2023

Montgomery County safety professionals joined colleagues from across the state for the 2023 Highway Safety Summit. Local, state, and federal transportation officials came together to discuss ways to curb roadway tragedies by urging motorists to slow down, put the phone away, buckle up, drive sober and always stay alert and exercise caution around pedestrians and bicyclists. They also unveiled a new Crash Fatality Dashboard, which puts comprehensive statewide crash data at the fingertips of the public and highway safety professionals.

Vision Zero Update to Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission

02/22/2023

The Vision Zero Coordinators for the County and State provided an update on Vision Zero and Zero Deaths Maryland to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission (CJCC) on March 22. The County's update slides are available at this link.

FY23 Quarter 2 Updates

02/22/2023

The County posted updates on all 45 action items underway for the FY23 Vision Zero Work Plan. Highlights from the quarter included substantial construction completed for the White Flint (North Bethesda) Workaround, bike lanes added by SHA along Old Georgetown Road, Council adoption of a new road code, and 291 impaired drivers taken off the road as part of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force. See the full update here.

2023 Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors Session #1

02/11/2023

Over 30 high school students started work as part of the 2023 cohort of Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors. Over the coming months, the ambassadors will work together in teams of five to advance their projects to save lives on our roadways. During the first session, the ambassadors heard from a mother whose son was killed while walking in Montgomery County, received an overview of Vision Zero and the Safe System Approach, and started work on their team projects. Their work will culminate in a graduation ceremony this May.

Update to Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Committee

01/09/2023

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Committee an update on projects and crash trends at the committee's January 9 meeting. A copy of the Vision Zero presentation is available through this link.

Dedication of Protected Intersection and FY23Q1 Update Published

11/30/2022

Montgomery County Executive Elrich, County Council President Albornoz, Council Vice President Glass, and Councilmember Friedson dedicated the new protected intersection where two new cycletracks meet along Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue in Downtown Bethesda. At the event, the County also highlighted accomplishments from fiscal year 2022 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

Vision Zero Update to PBTSAC

11/09/2022

Vision Zero Coordinator provided the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC) with an update on year-to-date crash statistics and projects implemented during fiscal year 2022. The slides can be found at this link.

DC Area Vision Zero Coordinators Presentation to Age-Friendly Ecosystem Summit

11/09/2022

Vision Zero Coordinators from Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Arlington County, and the District of Columbia shared about their programs at the November 9 Age-Friendly Ecosystem Summit. The slides can be found at this link.

Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report

11/01/2022

The Vision Zero Steering Committee released its fiscal year 2022 annual report. The report shows the progress made on implementing the County's 2030 Action Plan. A copy of the report can be found at this link.

Implementation Update to Montgomery County Council

09/19/2022

On Tuesday, September 20, members of the Vision Zero Steering Committee will provide the County Council with an update on implementation of Vision Zero for fiscal year 2022. The County's presentation can be found at this link.

Vision Zero Website Refresh

08/25/2022

The Vision Zero website has been refreshed to make it easier to find information about our Vision Zero efforts! The Action Plan and 2030 Plan pages have been merged so you can see the current work plan, past work plans, and relevant Vision Zero reports all in one place. The data page now includes links to the State of Maryland's new crash data resources and Montgomery Planning's interactive crash data explorer. The "Get Involved" page has new resources from the County and State listed. Having issues finding what you need after the refresh? Reach out to the team at visionzero@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Graduation

06/11/2022

The 2022 Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors celebrated their final Saturday in the program with a graduation ceremony and lunch at the County's Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg on June 11. The ceremony included speeches from the Ambassadors, and representatives from the County Executive, Fire, Police, and Transportation departments. Photos from the event are on the Pedestrian Safety Flickr page .

Update to PBTSAC

05/26/2022

The County provided an update on Vision Zero implementation and current crash trends at the May 26 meeting of the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC). See the presentation slides here and the quarterly updates here .

Fiscal Year 2022 Quarter 3 Implementation Report Released

05/12/2022

The Vision Zero Steering Committee released its third quarterly report for this year's work plan. See all the updates here .

Apply to be a Vision Zero Youth Ambassador!

03/01/2022

Starting March 1, Montgomery County high school students can apply to be a Vision Zero Youth Ambassador. The goal of the Vision Zero youth ambassador program is to equip young adults to be the next generation of traffic safety leaders in their community. The program will educate Montgomery County high school students about traffic safety and the importance of roadway design, law enforcement, and education to achieve the goal of Vision Zero. Ambassadors that complete the program will gain extensive knowledge about Vision Zero and earn up to 20 Student Service-Learning Hours (SSL). Learn more about the program and how to apply at the Vision Zero Youth Ambassador homepage.

Vision Zero Implementation Update to SSCAB TREE

02/28/2022

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update on Vision Zero implementation and the potential impacts on the County with the rollout of the  US Department of Transportation's National Safety Strategy to the Silver Spring Citizen's Advisory Board Transportation, Energy, and Environment (TREE) Committee. See the presentation slides here .

Fiscal Year 2022 Quarter 2 Implementation Report Released

02/17/2022

The Vision Zero Steering Committee released its second quarterly report for this year's work plan. See all the updates here .

Vision Zero Implementation Update to Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG)

02/17/2022

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update on Vision Zero implementation and current crash trends on February 23. See the presentation slides here .

Vision Zero Implementation Update to PBTSAC

01/27/2022

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update on Vision Zero implementation and current crash trends on January 27. See the presentation slides here .

Applications being accepted until 1/7/2022 for Vision Zero Research Fellowship

12/06/2021

Join the Vision Zero team! The County is accepting applications for a paid Research Fellow to join the team during the spring semester to work on a variety of projects. As a Research Fellow, you will work alongside the Vision Zero Coordinator and County leadership in departments such as Transportation, Police, Public Information, and Fire/Rescue Service to advance the Vision Zero Work Plan. The program is open to current college juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates. Learn more and apply using this link .

New Safe Rides Page Launched

12/01/2021

As part of the County's goal to keep impaired drivers off our roads this holiday season, a new resource page was added to the Vision Zero website including contact information to ride-share, taxis, and public transit options to find a safe ride home. The page will be regularly updated to include information about active discounts during holidays. Learn more on the Safe Rides webpage .

Update to PBTSAC

10/21/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update on Vision Zero implementation and current crash trends on October 21. See the presentation slides here .

Quarter One Updates on Implementing Annual Work Plan

11/16/2021

The Vision Zero Steering Committee provided its first public update on the implementation of the Fiscal Year 2022 Work Plan. See updates on all action items here .

Vision Zero Overview for Northwood Four Corners Civic Association

10/14/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an overview of the Vision Zero initiative and ongoing safety projects and campaigns to the Northwood Four Corners Civic Association on October 13. See the presentation slides here .

Work Plan for County Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 Now Online!

09/14/2021

As part of the Vision Zero 2030 Plan, the County created a new two-year work plan to begin making immediate progress on the 45 action items. See what is in the works by reading the work plan .

Vision Zero Update to Transportation Management District Advisory Committees

09/30/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update on the implementation of Vision Zero as part of the Transportation Management District Advisory Committee meeting on September 30. See the presentation slides here .

Vision Zero Update to Commission on Aging

09/14/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided the Commission on Aging an update on the implementation of Vision Zero as well as projects and campaigns focused on the safety of older residents. See the presentation slides here .

Fatal Crash Review Team Report for 2017 Crashes Released

06/29/2021

As part of the 2018-19 Vision Zero Action Plan, the County developed a Fatal Crash Review Team to take a multidisciplinary deep-dive into fatal crashes occurring in Montgomery County. The Team has finished its review of fatal crashes occurring in 2017 and released its findings and recommendations. The report can be found here .

Vision Zero Update to County Council

06/29/2021

Montgomery County, State Highway Administration, and Montgomery Planning briefed the County Council on implementing Vision Zero and the status of the Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan during the Council's June 29 meeting. See all the presentations as well as written responses on the Council website .

Vision Zero Update to Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board

06/15/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board an update on the development of the Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan and projects in the Mid-County region at their June meeting. See the presentation slides here .

2030 Action Plan Comment Period Closes Mon. 6/21

06/09/2021

County Executive March Elrich released the Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan and FY22-23 Work Plan on April 15 for public review and comment. The final opportunity to comment on the plan will be Monday, June 21. Read the plan and provide feedback on the 2030 Plan Website .

2030 Action Plan Released for Public Comment

04/15/2021

County Executive March Elrich released the Vision Zero 2030 Action Plan and FY22-23 Work Plan on April 15 for public review and comment. As part of the comment period, an online survey and series of listening sessions are planned. Read the plan and provide feedback on the 2030 Plan Website .

Update on Vision Zero to Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board

04/12/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an overview of Vision Zero, upcoming projects, and crash data to the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board on Monday, April 12. View the SSCAB April Presentation .

Preliminary 2020 Crash Data

03/25/2021

Preliminary 2020 crash data were presented to the Pedestrian, Bicycle, Traffic Safety Advisory Committee during its March meeting. View the presentation here .

Update on Vision Zero to Civic Federation

03/08/2021

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an update to the Montgomery County Civic Federation on current and upcoming Vision Zero projects and campaigns. View the presentation here .

Update on Vision Zero to Vision Zero Conference

01/23/2021

As part of Councilmember Evan Glass’ Vision Zero Conference on January 23, Executive Branch staff provided attendees with updates on recent and upcoming projects and campaigns. Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided an overview of preliminary crash numbers from 2020 and upcoming Vision Zero projects and Montgomery County Department of Transportation staff provided an update on recent Safe Routes to Schools projects .

Update on Vision Zero to Commission on People with Disabilities

12/09/2020

Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland provided the Commission on People with Disabilities with an overview of Vision Zero related plans, projects, and campaigns that were done in 2020 and what is coming up in 2021. You can read the update using this link .

Impaired-Driving Enforcement Continues with Holiday Alcohol Task Force

11/16/2020

The Montgomery County Police Holiday Alcohol Task Force will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season. The task force is comprised of officers from: the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department – Montgomery County Division, the Maryland Transportation Authority, the Takoma Park Police Department, troopers from Maryland State Police, sheriff deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and officials from the Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Alcohol Enforcement Team. The task force begins November 18 and will continue through January 9, 2021.

Construction Starts on Capital Crescent Surface Trail

11/09/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has started construction on the Capital Crescent Surface Trail in Bethesda. The Capital Crescent Surface Trail (CCST) is a separated two-way bike lane along the northern side of Bethesda Avenue between Woodmont Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue, MD 355. East of Wisconsin Avenue, the two-way separated bike lane will continue along the southern side of Willow Lane to 47th Street. A shared-use path is planned along the Elm Street Park’s 47th Street frontage. Follow construction progress on MCDOT DTE's Twitter page and learn about all upcoming Bethesda Loop bike projects at MCDOT Project Page .

Celebrate Walktober

10/06/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has partnered with State and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to celebrate “Walktober,” a month-long series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the State’s official exercise: walking. “Walktober” features celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, as well as a series of webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking a commuting option. Maryland named walking as the official State exercise in October 2008. Learn more about upcoming Walkinars and Walk Maryland Day at MDOT Walktober page and about the County's Walking Wednesdays at MCDOT Pedestrian Safety page .

Final Weekend for Back-to-School Bike Tour

09/29/2020

The Montgomery County Departments of Transportation and Recreation have partnered to sponsor a series of bike safety events for Montgomery County children ages 8 - 11. Participants learn the basics of safe cycling and maintenance by using a bike course set up in a parking lot and encouragement from socially-distant County staff. All participants receive a free helmet. Due to the public health emergency, families must pre-register and spaces are limited to only 20 participants at each event. The final four events will be held Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4. Full details on times and locations are available on the MCDOT Pedestrian Safety page .

Complete Streets Guidelines Being Reviewed by Planning Board

09/28/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) have released a draft of the “Montgomery County Complete Streets Design Guide” for public review. Complete Streets will define future design guidelines for roads in Montgomery County’s new and redeveloped projects. After public comment period this summer, the Guide is not under review by the Planning Board for consideration before going to the County Council. Read the first draft on MCDOT's webpage .

Middlebrook Rd Safety Project Under Construction

09/04/2020

As part of the Vision Zero 2020 Action Plan, MCDOT committed to implementing an interim road diet along Middlebrook Rd in Germantown. This innovative project utilized an existing repaving project to restripe the lanes and add a cycle track at a lower cost than a typical standalone project. Construction is currently underway and scheduled to be completed in October 2020. Learn more Project page .

Update on Vision Zero to the PBTSAC

07/24/2020

The Vision Zero Coordinator provided updates on the 10-year plan development and progress on the 2020 Action Plan . PBTSAC meetings happen every other month on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Kickoff of 10-Year Plan and Community Survey

06/19/2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, County Council Vice President Tom Hucker and Vision Zero Coordinator Wade Holland joined together in a virtual event on June 18 to discuss the 10-year plan for the County’s Vision Zero program that seeks to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes. They also launched a new survey that seeks to gather the ideas of residents to improve safety for walking, biking, rolling and driving. A recording of the full event and new survey are available on the dedicated 2030 plan webpage.

Complete Streets Guidelines Released for Public Review

06/11/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) have released a draft of the “Montgomery County Complete Streets” for public review. Complete Streets will define future design guidelines for roads in Montgomery County’s new and redeveloped projects. Read and provide comments on the first draft on MCDOT's webpage.

MCDOT Launches Shared Streets Initiative to Support Safe Outdoor Activity and Economic Recovery

05/29/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has launched its new “Shared Streets” program to support safe, physically distanced activity as the County enters Phase I of recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis. The initiative will involve looking for temporary ways to modify existing uses of County sidewalks, roads, on-street parking and parking lots to provide extra space residents and businesses could use to comply with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spacing guidelines. More information can be found at: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT/sharedstreets/

Soliciting Contractor Support for Developing 10-Year Vision Zero Strategy

05/18/2020

The Vision Zero Program is seeking contractual support for community outreach and workgroup facilitation that will assist in building the Vision Zero 10-Year Strategy. Community outreach will start this spring under Phase I and workgroup facilitation will start this fall under Phase II. Phase I community outreach contract is reserved for registered vendors in the Local Small Business Reserve Program. Phase II is open to any qualified contractor. Proposals are due by Friday, May 29, 2020. See the links below for the full scope of work for each proposal.

Updates to Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Friendship Heights Transportation Management Advisory Committees

05/11/2020

The Vision Zero Program provides regular updates to community organizations and government advisory boards about the program, on-going and scheduled projects in their neighborhood, and to solicit resident input. The weeks of May 11 and May 18, 2020 had virtual updates to 3 Transportation Management Districts. Links to the presentations are below:

First Annual Safety Week May 4 - 8

04/30/2020

The week's goal is to remind parents and children about the importance of pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety, through online interactive activities. Children will have the opportunity to choose from various daily activities that will start the conversation about safety while walking and biking. An online calendar will be available for students to track progress and submit at the end of the week. While stressing the need to be safe and look out for others in all forms of being mobile, Virtual Safety Week will feature many at home interactive and creative activities, video demonstrations raffles and giveaways. Participate at Safety Week's website.

Update on Vision Zero Projects to North Bethesda TMD Advisory Committee

04/29/2020

The Vision Zero Program provides regular updates to community organizations and government advisory boards about the program, on-going and scheduled projects in their neighborhood, and to solicit resident input. Recent updates were given to the North Bethesda Transportation Management District Advisory Committee on April 29. A copy of the presentation is available using this link.

Department of Transportation Awarded Grant for Safety Improvements for Blind and Low-Vision Pedestrians and Transit Riders

04/17/2020

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has been awarded $80,000 in technical assistance by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board (TPB) as a part of its Transportation Land-Use Connections Program for Fiscal Year 2021. The grant will go to MCDOT’s “Visually Impaired Urban Navigation Study and Pilot Design” project to examine technology and design tools to support visually impaired people who are navigating urban environments. The project will make recommendations on how to support safe navigation by blind and low-vision pedestrians to and from transit in dense urban areas. Consultants will design a pilot program focused on Downtown Silver Spring.

First Annual Safety Day *CANCELLED*

03/30/2020

Montgomery County's first ever Safety Day fair to encourage drivers, bicyclists, and walkers to look out for each other and take steps to enhance road safety has been cancelled due to the current public health emergency. We look forward to seeing you at Safety Day 2021!

Vision Zero Program Updates to Community Groups

02/15/2020

The Vision Zero Program provides regular updates to community organizations and government advisory boards about the program, on-going and scheduled projects in their neighborhood, and to solicit resident input. Recent updates were given to the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board, Bicycle Advisory Group, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Shady Grove TMD, and the Commission on People with Disabilities. Scheduled meetings with the remaining Transportation Management District Advisory Boards and two additional community groups have been cancelled due to the current public health emergency and will be rescheduled.

Vision Zero Program Update to County Council

1/28/2020

The Vision Zero Team updated the Montgomery County Council on January 28 about the new 2020 workplan. Copies of the County's presentation can be found at this link.

Launch of 2020 Workplan and New Coordinator Hired

1/27/2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today introduced Wade Holland as the new fulltime coordinator of the County's Vision Zero program and addressed the next steps he wants implemented to keep pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers safe. See County Press Release for details and photos of the launch event.

Vision Zero Program Update to County Council

11/19/2019

The Vision Zero Team updated the Montgomery County Council on November 19 about progress on the 2018-2019 Vision Zero Action Plan. Copies of the County's presentation can be found at this link and written responses to the County Council’s questions at this link.

Launch of Be Safe, Be Seen Campaign

11/06/2019

Montgomery County Government departments and agencies are combining their resources in November to launch an aggressive campaign to make drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists aware of the added perils that come with time changes, and decreased hours of afternoon daylight occurring with the switch to Standard Time. The approximately 20 planned “Be Safe, Be Seen” events will reach out to transit riders and school children throughout the county. The first event will take place from 4-6 P.M.. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the East Side of the Shady Grove Metro Station. MCDOT Press Release.

Vision Zero Youth Interactive Safety Lab Held October 21

10/25/2019

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) hosted a Youth Interactive Safety Lab at Glenmont Local Park in Wheaton to help young drivers, and future drivers, be better prepared for experiences behind the wheel on October 21. Approximately 160 local high school and middle school students attended the interactive event that featured a morning of learning about traffic safety and the rules of the road. The event was held during National Teen Safe Driving Week and was the culmination of the Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Program. Full details of the event at MCDOT Press Release.

2nd/Wayne Ave Protected Bikelanes in Silver Spring Open Monday, Oct. 7

10/03/2019

Montgomery County Marc Elrich, who has made protecting pedestrians and bicyclists a priority, at 10:30 A.M.. on Monday, Oct. 7, in Downtown Silver Spring will join the dedication of the first “protected intersection” in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The intersection connects a new half-mile “cycletrack” completed by the County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) with a previously completed section to form a 1.2-mile bikeway that protects cyclists from vehicles. The bikeway will connect directly to the Paul Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center.Walk to School Day is observed on the first Wednesday of October to raise awareness and support for health, community environmental benefits and safety and to promote walking and biking to school. Montgomery County to Celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ at Arcola Elementary School in Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will meet students at bus stops in the vicinity of the school and encourage them to join monitored walks to the school. Full details of the event and new facilities at MCDOT Press Release.

County Officials Celebrate National Walk to School Day at Arcola Elementary

10/02/2019

Walk to School Day is observed on the first Wednesday of October to raise awareness and support for health, community environmental benefits and safety and to promote walking and biking to school. Montgomery County to Celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ at Arcola Elementary School in Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Starting at 8:30 A.M.., volunteers will meet students at bus stops in the vicinity of the school and encourage them to join monitored walks to the school. Full details of the event at MCDOT Press Release.

Vision Zero Youth Summit set for October 21

8/25/2019

National Organizations for Youth Safety is partnering with MCDOT to bring the Vision Zero Youth Summit to Glenmont Local Park. This all day lab and event for Vision Zero and safety is available for Montgomery County High Schooler's to learn and engage in pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety events and labs. Event information at Safe Routes to School Website.

Final Meeting of the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

7/31/2019

The Vision Zero Equity Task Force held its fifth meeting at the BCC Regional Service Center to finalize its recommendations for the equity framework and plan. See the latest drafts and meeting notes at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/equity.html.

MCDOT-Sponsored Pop Up “Traffic Garden” in Kensington

07/10/2019

About a hundred Montgomery County families showed up for Cycling in the Circle at Warner Circle Park in Kensington last Sunday to give some of our littlest residents a chance to navigate MCDOT’s first pop-up “traffic garden.” A traffic garden is a miniature network of city streets that is designed as a safe practice environment for children to learn the rules of the road and how to bike and walk safely. The scenic child-sized street plan that encircled the historic Warner home included a traffic circle, intersections and a railroad crossing, all marked with pint-sized traffic signs and signals. See photos from the event at MCDOT Cycle in the Park Press Release.

Development of Vision Zero Equity Framework

07/10/2019

The Vision Zero Equity Task Force continues drafting the equity framework. Two meetings were held in June to discuss the County's current education and enforcement efforts related to Vision Zero and drafted the outline of the equity framework. See the task force's work and the County's presentations at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/equity.html.

Aspen Hill HAWK Beacon Activates on Friday, May 10

05/08/2019

Montgomery County will notch one more achievement in its drive to keep pedestrians safe at noon on Friday, May 10, when it will activate its newest high intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon on Aspen Hill Road between Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. County Executive Marc Elrich will be among those kicking off the activation. This is the fourth pedestrian beacon of its kind constructed by MCDOT in the County. HAWK beacons flash yellow when a pedestrian presses the signal button, then turn solid yellow and finally red to stop oncoming motorized vehicles; pedestrians are then given a walk signal.

Second Meeting of the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

05/07/2019

The Vision Zero Equity Task Force held its second meeting on Thursday, May 2 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The group reviewed data on engineering projects are budgeted and prioritized. To see the slides and meeting minutes, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/equity.html.

Construction Underway for Second Ave/Wayne Ave Separated Bike Lanes

05/06/2019

DOT's Division of Transportation Engineering is installing separated bike lanes on Second Ave/Wayne Ave in Downtown Silver Spring. Utility relocation has been completed and contractors are now installing new bus pads, floating bus stops, and new medians. Follow progress on this project on DTE's Twitter account at https://twitter.com/MoCo_DTE and learn more about the project at MCDOT’s Project website.

Vision Zero Progress Update

03/21/2019

The Vision Zero Steering Committee will give an update about the initiative’s progress to the County Council on Tuesday, March 26 at 2PM. See our presentation here and livestream the event or watch on-demand at the County Council webpage.

First Meeting of the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

03/21/2019

The Vision Zero Equity Task Force held its first meeting on Thursday, March 7 at the Executive Office Building in Rockville. The group reviewed data on our diverse population, had an overview of Vision Zero, and participated in a group activity and discussion to define equity for our Vision Zero efforts. To see the slides and meeting minutes from the first meeting, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/visionzero/equity.html.

Join the Vision Zero Equity Task Force

02/07/2019

Montgomery County is looking for residents to participate on a task force to recommend changes to policies and practices for engineering, education, and enforcement to ensure the County's efforts lead to increased equity between neighborhoods. To learn more, see the attached flyer and if you would like to participate please e-mail visionzero@montgomerycountymd.gov by February 15.

Public Meeting for Silver Spring Bike Lanes and Secure Bike Parking

01/29/2019

MCDOT Division of Transportation Engineering will host a public meeting on February 4 at the Silver Spring International Elementary School from 7PM to 9PM. The Dixon Avenue Separated Bike Lanes project will add a pair of one-way separated bike lanes to Dixon Avenue from Wayne Avenue to Ripley Street. Along Dixon Avenue, MCDOT is exploring the use of a raised curb to separate the bikeway from traffic. The project also includes the design of a secure bike parking facility in the base of Garage 5, on the southeast corner of Dixon Ave and Bonifant Street. This facility will allow secure access for people to park their bikes while visiting Silver Spring or commuting to Metro. It will be similar to existing “bike and ride” facilities at College Park and Wiehle-Reston East metro stations. Learn more at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-dte/projects/dixonave/index.html

Update on Pedestrian Safety

10/14/2018
The Vision Zero Steering Committee provided an update to the County Council on Tuesday, November 13 about the County Government's efforts to improve pedestrian safety as well as update crash statistics. The County's presentation can be found here and the State Highway Administration's presentation here .

Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors

10/05/2018

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks high-school students to serve as Vision Zero Youth Ambassadors. Interested students may apply  through Nov. 30.

Selected Youth Ambassadors will have the opportunity to become road-safety leaders in their school and community through this school year. Ambassadors will attend a special training in January on road safety, cause campaign development, and public speaking. In the spring, Youth Ambassadors will help lead a Vision Zero youth summit and interactive lab, serving as keynote speakers and leading a campaign design challenge with their peers.

The Vision Zero Youth Ambassador Program is a collaboration between the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and National Organization for Youth Safety, to encourage youth to have an active role in road safety efforts and improvements.

 

Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study

9/18/2018

The Vision Zero team is partnering with Montgomery Planning to study the Aspen Hill area for traffic safety improvements. The kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9/26 at 6:30PM at Aspen Hill Library (4407 Aspen Hill Rd, Rockville, MD). RSVP and learn more about the study from Montgomery Planning website.

City Cycling Class

9/18/2018

There are four City Cycling classes hosted in Montgomery County this fall. The first is Sunday, 9/30 at the Johns Hopkins University Parking Lot. Classes cost $10, but are free for Bikeshare or WABA members and drop-ins (if space is available). See the full list of locations from website

Meeting for Bethesda Bikeway

9/18/2018

The public is invited to join MCDOT at a meeting on Tuesday October 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (with a presentation at 6:45 p.m.) in the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East West Highway, Bethesda to discuss the design and construction of proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in Downtown Bethesda. Improvements are planned along Bethesda Avenue between Woodmont Avenue and 47th Street; Woodmont Avenue from Norfolk Avenue south to Wisconsin Avenue (MD 355); and along Montgomery Lane/Montgomery Avenue (MD 410) between Woodmont Avenue and Pearl Street. 

The improvements were adopted as master plan recommendations in the 2017 Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Design and construction funding was added to the Fiscal Year 2019-2024 Montgomery County Capital Improvement Program (CIP). adopted in May 2018.  

See MCDOT’s Project website for more information. 

Pedestrian Signal Timing Update Completed

9/18/2018

MCDOT has completed updating the timings for all traffic signals to meet the 3.5 feet per second walking standard. In addition, MCDOT is installing a new traffic signal at Randolph Rd @ Livingston St and two new HAWK signals at Muddy Branch Rd @ Suffield and Forest Glen @ Sligo.

Second Ave & Wayne Ave Separated Bike Lanes

9/18/2018

Construction is anticipated to start in a few weeks after Pepco finishes utility work along Wayne Ave. Duration of construction is expected to take approximately 2 months to complete. See MCDOT’s Project website for more information.