Community Meetings on Three School Specific Walkability Studies for Safety Needs of Elementary School Students Walking and Biking to School

Per MCDOT: The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will hold a series of virtual public meetings to present the findings of three separate elementary school walkability studies including Forest Knolls Elementary (Silver Spring), New Hampshire Estate Elementary (Silver Spring), and North Chevy Chase Elementary (Chevy Chase) schools. The meetings will show study findings and discuss the sidewalk and safety needs of students walking and biking to the studied school.

Each of the walkability studies reviewed the condition of existing infrastructure and recommended improvements that may be implemented within the school walkshed to provide safe and accessible routes for students walking and biking to the school. Most of the improvements that could be implemented quickly, such as signing and marking, have been completed. These community meetings will help County staff better understand safety needs and plan future sidewalk and safety improvement projects within the school walkshed.

Online registration is required to attend. Public feedback and information provided will become a matter of public record. Prior to each meeting listed below, the public is encouraged to review the walkability study on each of the project websites here.

A Spanish translator will be available at each meeting.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Virtual MeetingForest Knolls Elementary School Walkability Study

    • Register for this virtual meeting online here.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Virtual and In-PersonNew Hampshire Estate Elementary School Walkability Study
    Location: New Hampshire Estate Elementary School Cafeteria, 8720 Carroll Avenue, Silver Spring

    • Register for this virtual meeting online here.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Virtual MeetingNorth Chevy Chase Elementary School Walkability Study

    • Register for this virtual meeting online here.

Comments and questions may be submitted by email to [email protected] or by phone 240-777-2192.

Learn more about MCDOT’s Safe Route to School by visiting the program website here.

For more information on MCDOT programs and services visit montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdot, follow @MCDOTNow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to MCDOT’s “Go Montgomery!” newsletter.

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Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

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Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

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https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

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