Montgomery County Council, MCPD, MCDOT: Improve Pedestrian Safety
  • Petitioned Phil Andrews

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Montgomery County Council
Phil Andrews
Montgomery County Council
Roger Berliner
Montgomery County Council
Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Council
Valerie Ervin
Montgomery County Council
Nancy Floreen
Montgomery County Council
George Leventhal
Montgomery County Council
Nancy Navarro
Montgomery County Council
Craig Rice
Council Member
Hans Riemer

Montgomery County Council, MCPD, MCDOT: Improve Pedestrian Safety

    1. Petition by

      Pedestrian Friendly Bethesda

We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda, particularly around Bethesda Elementary School. For example, in February 2013, a motorist struck a mother pushing her 3-month old child in a stroller at the intersection of Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane. Bethesda is a community of people who are largely drawn here because of its walkable urban setting. However, as the area has grown and continues to grow with many new development projects underway, which will bring more cars and more pedestrians, the safety of this walkable haven is at risk. We encourage the following actions to be taken immediately:

• “No Turn on Red” in high-traffic pedestrian areas, particularly those near and around a school or playground.
• Better, more visible markings of pedestrian crosswalks on Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane, and other streets around the school, similar to the excellent crosswalk on Little Falls Parkway, along the Capitol Crescent Trail
• Installation of speed cameras on Arlington Road and a police presence when children are coming to and going from school.
• Installation of radar signs on Arlington Road to alert drivers to their rate of speed, and better signage indicating the legal speed within the school zone.

The requested changes are meant to improve safety for all: residents and visitors, drivers and pedestrians alike. It is our opinion that these changes would have an immediate and positive effect.


Phil Andrews, Montgomery County Council
Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council
Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Council
Valerie Ervin, Montgomery County Council
Nancy Floreen, Montgomery County Council
George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council
Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Council
Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council
Hans Riemer, Council Member
Improve Pedestrian Safety

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ann Ingram WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I have friends whose children attend Bethesda Elementary

    • Downing Lu BETHESDA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I walk my young child from East Bethesda, across Wisconsin Ave, through the Woodmont triangle and past BES on the way to SFS each morning and afternoon. This route is fraught with aggressive drivers. I fear for my son's safety, but prefer to walk instead of driving him to school. Please make this route a safe route for pedestrians!

    • Shefali Patel BETHESDA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I live on Arlington Road ,and see daily "near miss" incidents of cars zooming through the intersections and screeching to a halt at red lights .What is most disturbing is the speed of traffic especially in the mornings as people are rushing to drive to work just at the time parents are walking their kids to school. My biggest concern is the number and speed of large trucks that hurtle down Arlington Road not realizing that this is a school zone despite the signage.PLEASE do something to calm the traffic.

    • Lindsay Zyma NORTH BETHESDA, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      I work/run/walk in Bethesda often - i think it would be great to up the safety measures.

      • over 1 year ago

      Child safety!!!


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