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After Jake Cassell was killed riding his bicycle on MD-187/Old Georgetown Road, a number of community members and elected officials began working with the State Highway Administration on ways to improve safety on the corridor. The efforts included a cold and rainy community walk along the road to discuss some options.
The State Highway Administration came back with two possibilities using an existing contract--which means the options can be done relatively quickly. One was a buffer and narrower lanes between the sidewalk and traffic. The other is a "road diet" with a buffer and bike lane. Both would run between Cedar Lane and I-495. After consideration, SHA is going forward with the road diet.
As reflected in data provided by SHA, the travel impacts are not that significant during the peak rush hour times and will be even less outside of that. But safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists should be improved. That said, another benefit to the existing contract approach is that if safety does not improve or there are unexpected negative consequences, the changes can be undone relatively simply. I never want to meet another parent whose child did not come home or place another memorial along that stretch of road.
My thanks to the State Highway Administration for taking this seriously and others including Councilman Friedson, Councilman Glass, Councilman Riemer, Senator Lee, Delegate Love and others for their work on this.
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