Earlier this year we urged leaders to fight through some initial community concerns about traffic, and ensure that the intersection at Little Falls Parkway was safe for bikers and pedestrians. Now there's a concrete proposal on the table to make these safety changes permanent. Tell your leaders: support Alternative A!
Two years ago, a cyclist was tragically struck and killed by a driver at the intersection of the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) and Little Falls Parkway. After this incident, the local parks department put in some measures to calm traffic: reducing car lanes to one each way and lowering the speed limit. It has worked incredibly well, and Montgomery County should make the changes permanent.
Since these changes were introduced, there has been a 67% reduction in crashes without any fatalities. Traffic has only decreased here by 3%, and drivers have only had to wait for an additional seven seconds on average. The response is well-aligned with the county’s Vision Zero commitment and its Two-Year Action Plan to have zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
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.
There are a few alternatives under consideration. Alternative A will continue the current road diet but add beautification and design improvements. This alternative is the most cost-effective (estimated $800,000), has the least environmental impact, and has proven to be safe over the last two years.