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Pedestrian Master Plan Meetings

You are invited to two pedestrian-safety community meetings being hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department:
  • Wednesday, September 7, 7–9 p.m. (virtual event; please RSVP)
  • Tuesday, September 13, 7–9 p.m. This in-person event is at the M-NCPPC Wheaton Headquarters, 2425 Reedie Drive, 2nd Floor Auditorium, Wheaton (details)
Opportunity: These meetings provide an opportunity to weigh in on the preliminary policy, design and programming recommendations for the countywide draft Pedestrian Master Plan. Planners intend to present the draft recommendations to the County Planning Board later this month.

Why It Matters
  • With school having just resumed, and with daylight already receding earlier as summer turns into fall, safety needs to be top of mind for everyone, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • One brief distraction or lapse of judgment can lead to tragedy. The recent crash involving a fourth grade student hit by a driver reminds us that safety should be a priority for all of us.

The Pedestrian Master Plan includes four goals:
  • Increase walking rates and pedestrian satisfaction
  • Create a comfortable, connected and convenient pedestrian network
  • Enhance pedestrian safety
  • Build an equitable and just pedestrian network

Montgomery County Department of Transportation offers a lot of pedestrian safety information and tips on its website. 

Car Free Day website

Take the Car Free Day Pledge

September 22 is your day to show the world how to cut traffic, air pollution and gasoline costs by leaving your car at home. Use public transportation, carpool, bike, walk, telework — whatever keeps your own wheels parked for the day.

Nift Gift: As a thank you for taking the Car Free Day pledge, you’ll get a confirmation email with a $30 Nift Gift (neighborhood gift) online promo code. With the Nift app, you can discover great local businesses where you can use that gift.
More Prizes: When you take the Car Free Day pledge you will also be entered into a free raffle for a chance to win prizes including:
Say Hello! Watch for the BTS team around the Bethesda Metro Station on September 22. We'll be there to thank you and your fellow Car Free Day participants with handy giveaways.
More Info: Download the Car Free Day flier here, and save the date on your calendar. Questions? Contact BTS at 301-656-0868 or email

Walk & Ride Challenge: October 10–28

Get your autumn off to a healthy start by stepping up to the 2022 Walk & Ride Challenge.

Get Ready: Registration will be open in early September through October 7, and the Challenge kicks off October 10.
Low Cost: Registration is discounted again this year, so you can sign up for only $10 per team!
All Are Welcome: Employees of any downtown Bethesda-based employer are eligible, from small businesses to giant organizations. Your team will compete with others from all around downtown Bethesda. Both in-office and teleworking (remote) employees may participate.
Get Your Gear: Teams can request pedometers if needed, but t-shirts won’t be provided this year. You’ll want to track your individual and team steps for a chance to win weekly individual prizes, plus a shot at the overall prize for the top three teams.

Registration Opens Soon: Keep an eye on the BTS website and October newsletter to register.

  • Montgomery County provides updates on ‘Streeteries’. More here.
  • Bicycle donation drive will take place on October 14. See details here.

Bethesda City Cycling Class October 8
Details are here.

Employers: Application Open for Retail Business Rental Assistance Grants
Details are here. |  (301) 656-0868
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