Here's What Greenbelt Road (MD Route 193) Looks Like Near NASA

Here's What we Want Instead! (Pic is from a DC Protected Bike Trail)

NEWS from

City of Greenbelt Worksession with State Highway Administration (SHA), Monday Nov 7, 7:30pm. Here's the Agenda (PDF), which includes discussion of bike/walk safety on Route 193. Note, public input may not be allowed at worksessions. Meeting attendance can be in person or virtual.

Community Walk with SHA Nov 9, 2pm. Please join Delegate Nicole Williams and staff from the State Highway Administration for a walk from Eleanor Roosevelt High School to NASA along the proposed right of way for the trail. 

DATE: Wednesday November 9

TIME: 2pm

MEETUP: Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Upper Parking Lot

Note: I mistyped the date on the header email line of the prior newsletter -- it's Wednesday Nov 9!

Resources and Explanations:

-Greenbelt News Review "An ERHS to Goddard Bike Trail?" (PDF, Page 13)

-Greenbelt Online " A Bike Trail from Eleanor Roosevelt HS to NASA?"

-City of Greenbelt letter requesting shared use path on Route 193 Greenbelt_Road_facility_DRAFT.pdf

Project Update #1 (Sept 2, 2022)

Project Update #2 (Sept 11, 2022)

Project Update #3 (October 31, 2022)

Talking Points. My main pitch points to SHA are 1.) SHA has done temporary bike/ped trails on 193 in Montgomery County, so it can be done (although we would need hard curb barriers instead of just flexposts on this one!) 2.) The Greenbelt East trail wouldn't reduce the number of car lanes, so pushback should be minimal from drivers. 3.) It's a huge potential connection between Maryland's soon-to-be expanded WB&A+ trail system and DC/Prince George's Anacostia River Trail System (ARTS), so this is an important regional transportation project, not just a local safety project, and 4.) the only big engineering seems like squaring off pork chop and slip lane structures -- trail advocates are fine with a narrow pathway around the utility poles near ERHS -- don't make the perfect the enemy of the good!

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