Navigating the Area

The new Rockville Pike "Boulevard" will keep the same number of lanes it has today, but will also include a landscaped median, tree-lined sidewalks and dedicated bus and bike lanes, all of which will make White Flint more inviting to pedestrians going to the White Flint Metro Station and cyclists commuting to work or play. Speed limits will be reduced to more efficiently move traffic through the area. Studies have consistently shown that speeds of 30 to 35 mph are most effective at handling automobile volume, with the added benefit of improved traffic signal timing, and diminishing Rockville Pike's notorious stop-and-go gridlock of speeding up for short distances and then coming to a grinding halt at the next light. Ultimately, the Pike will become the centerpiece of the new White Flint instead of the barrier that it is today.

We must reinvent White Flint with a new street grid that improves the community's access to public transit and encourages participation in newly created street life.