Silver Springs Community Aims to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Georgia Avenue in the Montgomery Hills neighborhood of Silver Springs is a hotbed for near misses and close calls for pedestrians and bicycles trying to navigate the busy street.

No one navigates Georgia Avenue—a street notorious for its frequent vehicle collisions, the most in the state—with ease. A lack of medians and very wide lanes make the street nearly impossible to cross as a pedestrian, and bicycles struggle to earn their place among the speeding cars.

While Georgia Avenue sounds to some like a busy arterial, it is home to several important businesses and buildings. The desire to make the road safer (and therefore more appealing) to foot and bicycle traffic is great enough that the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has come forward with seven separate proposals that aim to convert Georgia Avenue to an “urban boulevard” that can host pedestrians safely.

Several ideas have been proposed, and most focus on removing the reversible lane that runs down the middle of the current street. Replacing this lane with a grass median, adding a curb lane for bicyclists, and widening sidewalks are all among the more reasonable proposals that have been met with enthusiasm.

One thing is for certain, however, and that is that something must change on Georgia Avenue to improve walking and biking conditions, as well as creating an environment that encourages safe driving. The Maryland bicycle accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins continue to look forward to Maryland SHA’s progress on this project, and hope that it will make a significant difference for our residents and their safety.

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