After a cyclist was struck and killed by a driver at the intersection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway in late 2016, the local parks service put in temporary measures to slow traffic in the area. So far this “road diet” has been successful, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Parks Service is considering what elements to make permanent. The current road diet removes two of the travel lanes by blocking them with temporary flex-posts.
Unfortunately, some residents have expressed a desire to return to the former dangerous four-lane design, even though the county has called four-lane trail crossings like this one “high risk.” Safety advocates need to speak up.
The county has endorsed Vision Zero, an initiative to eliminate all area traffic deaths by 2030. Reworking the road to prioritize cars and speed would violate one of its principles: "Human life takes priority over mobility and other objectives of the road system.”