Seth on a Bike Share bike in the Takoma Park 4th of July parade
Seth on a Bike Share bike in the Takoma Park 4th of July parade
I’m a strong bicycling supporter, including for local infrastructure creation.

Some background: As a Takoma Park council member in 2012-3, I pushed to get Takoma Park Bike Share stations. (I’m up to 838 rides, myself.) I later wrote about that in a 2017 GGWash article, One bike parking mistake Takoma Park made, and what we’ve learned from it. As a council member, I represented Takoma Park on the Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board and advocated bike-infrastructure funding, and while on the council and after, I worked with Washington DC and Maryland advocates and officials regarding Metropolitan Branch trail routing around the Takoma Metro station.

Just a few weeks ago, I challenged the decision to mothball the Maple & Philadelphia Bike Share station during library construction, rather than relocate it. Unfortunately this challenge was unsuccessful, surely in part because no city council members came forward to help.

  • One of my first steps, if elected, will be to work with Montgomery County officials to allow the location of Bike Share stations in curb-parking spaces in the public right-of-way, and then I will work to reactivate the moth-balled Bike Share station.

Further, as mayor I will:

  • Ensure successful completion of the New Hampshire Avenue Bikeway project.
  • Continue to work with Montgomery Parks to close segments of Sligo Creek Parkway to motor vehicles seven days per week, beyond the current Friday-Sunday closure.
  • Reopen exploration of creating separated bike lanes as part of the city’s Maple Avenue Connectivity Project, and explore creation of bike lanes on other streets. 
  • Promote the development of resources for cyclists of all kinds, in cooperation with groups such as WABA and with community members — I’m inspired by the Rockville Bike Hub, for instance — for learning to ride and to maintain and repair a bike. I’d also like to support bike donation and low/no-cost availability for financially constrained community members.
  • Pursue broad Vision Zero policies to make our streets safer for everyone including lowering speed limits from 25 MPH to 20 MPH on residential streets and from 30 MPH to 25 MPH on Piney Branch Road and along Carroll Avenue.

And I will look to community members for ideas, connections, and help with a city pro-bike agenda.