Thursday, June 23, 2016

Route 29 bike path idea

The Montgomery County Planning Department is working on a new countywide bike plan.  It's an ambitious plan that seeks to make biking in the county safer, and more importantly, comfortable.  It's great for things to be statistically safe, but if a bike facility isn't comfortable, only the most confident cyclists will use it.  Currently, Route 29 is the farthest thing from a comfortable bike facility.  I've cycled in the right lane of Colesville Road before on the segment pictured below, and it was a near-death experience.

Route 29 is labelled as a "high stress" biking environment on the Montgomery County Planning Department's Bicycle Stress Map, while local streets are labelled blue for "low stress".

Route 29 is one of the few paved crossing of Northwest Branch in eastern Montgomery County for vehicles and pedestrians, as the next nearest crossings are miles away.  This makes Route 29 and important bike connection between Silver Spring and points north, since there are few other ways to cross the creek if you're trying to keep your shoes dry.    

What if there were a safer path paralleling Route 29 (while not being right next to it) which cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians could use to traverse this part of the corridor in comfort?  I have an idea for such a path across land that is already publicly owned, which I have drawn on the map below.  This post will be a description of the proposed route and my reasoning for choosing it.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Indian Spring Village

I live on Williamsburg Drive in Woodmoor.  At the entrance to this side of the neighborhood where Williamsburg meets University Boulevard, there's a nice sign that reads "Woodmoor", so that everyone knows the name of the community they are entering.  There are similar signs at Crestmoor & Colesville and Lexington & Pierce (and the stone sign at Woodmoor Circle & Colesville).  

Woodmoor sign at the entrance to Williamsburg Drive.  Photo by the author.

The only problem is that this side of Woodmoor isn't actually in Woodmoor.  At least it wasn't intended to be by those who built the subdivision.  

I live in the subdivision of Indian Spring Village, as does anyone else who lives in the area bordered by University Blvd, Saint Lawrence Drive, Northwest Branch, and Whitestone Road (this includes most, but not all, of the homes lining Saint Lawrence).  See the map below for reference.  

Map of Indian Spring Village from the Maryland Historical Trust, with properties of interest noted.  Click photo to enlarge.

The current neighborhood of Woodmoor is actually made up of several different subdivisions built by various developers over the course of ~20 years.  Indian Spring Village is the second largest of the subdivisions that now comprise Woodmoor, with the largest being Woodmoor itself (which includes everything north and west of Hillmoor Drive).  

Indian Spring Village was one of many "Indian Spring" named subdivisions built around Indian Spring Country Club, with other examples being Indian Spring Terrace, Indian Spring Club Estates, and Indian Spring Manor.  Most of these Indian Spring-named subdivisions are now inside the Beltway in the neighborhood just called "Indian Spring".  The name of the adjacent country club was used in many subdivisions because proximity to a golf club added a sense of financial security and prestige to buyers.    

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Around The Corners is back

Hello Everyone. After about a year of being inactive, Around The Corners has returned.  As many of you may know, most blogs that die-out do so because the author has difficulty finding time to write posts.  That's the reason this one went inactive for almost a year (my reason: finishing college).  Now that I have recently graduated from college; I once again have time to blog regularly.

Blogging can be a time-consuming process (especially writing high-quality posts), but I am committed to keeping this blog going for largely the same reasons that I started it: no one else is blogging about the Four Corners area with regularity.  My friend Dan Reed has kept Just Up The Pike going for a remarkable 10 years, which is a true accomplishment.  His blog is currently the only one that covers the Route 29 corridor here in eastern Montgomery County.  As great of a job as he does, no one blog can effectively cover such a large "underblogged" area.  

Aside from that reason, I am resuming the blog because it's fun.  I enjoy writing about this area, and I like the feedback I get from neighbors who appreciate what I do (and apparently some of my former St. B's teachers read this, which is cool).  

Photo by the author.