Along Rockville Pike, intersections are between .2 and .4 miles apart. While this isn’t far in a car, for pedestrians it can turn a quick trip across the street for lunch into a 15-minute detour. Predictably, many people opt for the shorter, and riskier route: dashing across 6-8 lanes.
Mid-block crossings, or dedicated pedestrian crosswalks that occur between signalized intersections, can improve safety by formalizing pedestrian crossings in areas of high demand.
They are already in other parts of Montgomery County, including Tuckerman Lane and Connecticut, as well as in walkable areas in the entire DC Metro region.
Where we need mid-block crossings in the Pike District
MD 355 at Executive Blvd.
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