• Petitioned Roger Berliner

This petition was delivered to:

Montgomery County Council, District 1
Roger Berliner

Stop the County Executive from putting parking meters on Battery Lane

    1. Lauren Lefkowitz
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Lefkowitz

      Bethesda, MD

Dear Councilmember Berliner: 


I have recently learned that the County Executive has recommended that parking meters (or some form of paid parking) be installed on Battery Lane between Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.  As a resident of that suburban neighborhood, I am writing to strongly urge you to fight this proposal.


Battery Lane between Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road is a beautiful, quiet, residential neighborhood with a combination of condominium and rental properties.  This street is not an appealing parking option for those visiting downtown Bethesda to shop and eat; rather, street parking along Battery Lane is generally used by residents, their guests, and household workers/repair people.  Not only will adding parking meters invariably create problems for those who would visit us, but also the meters will steal the quiet beauty of this residential street.


Councilmember, you were voted Bethesda Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 winner of the Best County Council Member title for a reason – because you are known for acting in the best interests of your constituents.  We are confident you will continue to act in our best interests and ensure that meters are not put in place on such a beautiful, tree-lined, suburban residential street.


Thank you.



Residents and Friends of Battery Lane between Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road

Recent signatures


    1. The Results Are In: There will NOT be meters on Battery Lane!

      Lauren Lefkowitz
      Petition Organizer

      County Council Member Roger Berliner has just informed me that the County Executive and Department of Transportation have agreed to NOT place meters on Battery Lane! We could not have reached this outcome without the support of all 169 of you - so thank you for your signatures and comments, and for spreading the word to your friends and neighbors.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Karine Reiter BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      It doesn't make sense to add parking meters to a residential neighborhood.

    • Nicole Taylor BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Agree with the rest. If you put meters on my street, my friends will not be as likely to come visit me and head out for a meal or for drinks. I will start visiting my friends where they live (not in Bethesda) and where I can park without worrying about feeding a meter. My money, and theirs, will go elsewhere.

    • Christi Bird BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      The ability to have visitors more easily park on Battery Lane long term brings more revenue to the city. We'll shop longer, stay at restaurants longer and thus, pump money into Bethesda businesses. I will be much more likely to dine and shop elsewhere if it is difficult for friends to park. Financially, the money you will make on parking meters will be a small fraction compared to the revenue you cost Bethesda businesses due to increased parking limitations for visitors of Battery Lane residents. Do the math.

    • Pauline Cooper BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Redesign of Battery Ln already limited parking options. Parking is at a premium for our visitors and meters limiting long term parking options would make that even more difficult for those living on Battery Ln..

    • Elena Paoli BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Meters on Battery Lane will send apartment building parkers to North Brook and South Brook Lanes. These are very narrow roads on SFH residential neighborhoods where many children live.


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