Cool Commute Contest Deadline: Feb. 24

Lights. Camera. Action. There’s still time for you to capture a photo of downtown Bethesda’s unique winter magic and submit it to the Cool Commute Contest.
Where: Walking, biking, or riding the downtown Bethesda Circulator bus are great ways to spot a winter scene and snap some pix with your smartphone.

You Could Win: BTS will select six photos to win $50, $75 and $100 Amazon e-gift cards or Bethesda Bucks e-cards.

Submit your photo(s) through February 24. Simply email your picture(s) to Brandan Stuckey at
Donohoe Companies Website

BTS Advisory Committee Welcomes Brian Goldblatt

Brian Goldblatt sees downtown Bethesda through two lenses: as a resident and as an employer representative (he’s director of tax at Bethesda-based Donohoe).
That dual perspective makes him a prized addition to the BTS Advisory Committee. He began his first term in December 2022 as an appointee of Bethesda Urban Partnership to represent a Bethesda employer with 50 or more employees. Donohoe has approximately 1,400 employees, about 200 of which are located at its Bethesda headquarters.
While Brian has lived in Bethesda for two years, he’s been in the DMV for 25, and his parents and two siblings also live in the area. So, he is well acquainted with the challenges of traffic congestion around the region and is enthusiastic about encouraging the use of alternatives to solo driving.
Brian literally walks that talk, as an ardent cyclist and walker himself. And he is a member of Donohoe’s Green Team employee resource group, which was formed in 2018 to educate and support Donohoe employees in fostering a culture of environmental stewardship across the company’s five service divisions.
“I love that everything is very walkable here in Bethesda, with grocery stores and restaurants and parks nearby,” said Brian. “The Capital Crescent trail is close by, and Metro provides easy access to downtown D.C.”
He’s excited to see more bike lanes not only being built, but also getting connected together for a more seamless cycling system serving Bethesda. And he noted that the Advisory Committee was briefed at its last meeting about the Montgomery County Complete Streets program, which will help make multimodal transportation in Bethesda even safer and more sustainable.
Brian is also a fan of the downtown Bethesda Streetery, which he said is hopefully expanding from its current one-block footprint to two blocks featuring permanent street furniture that will make this popular venue a more inviting, user-friendly experience.
“I hope we can get more people out this spring using our bike lanes and other great outdoor facilities,” Brian said. “Through my work on the BTS Advisory Committee as well as Donohoe’s Green Team, I’m looking forward to helping reduce downtown Bethesda’s carbon footprint.”
Editor’s Note: Look for more Advisory Committee profiles coming in future newsletter issues.

BTS Advisory Committee Seeks a Small-Employer Rep

How About You? Do you work at a downtown Bethesda company or nonprofit organization that has fewer than 50 full-time employees? Consider applying to represent other small employers on the Bethesda Transportation Management District (TMD) Advisory Committee.
Employer Location: The employer needs to be located within the Bethesda TMD (aka Bethesda Transportation Solutions) boundaries. (See the Bethesda TMD map here; or enter your office address at the top left of this map of all Montgomery County TMDs).
Advisory Committee Role: BTS is a division of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and operates through a contract agreement with Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Commuter Services. The Advisory Committee advises BUP’s board of directors and MCDOT on local transportation needs. Members serve three-year terms without compensation, meeting every other month on the third Friday morning in downtown Bethesda (or virtually on Zoom).
More About BTS: Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), like the other transportation management districts in Montgomery County, works to manage transportation demand and promote the use of alternatives to solo driving.
  • Those alternatives include public transportation, as well as telework, carpooling, bicycling, and walking to work.
  • BTS focuses on traffic assessment, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, parking and the need for capital improvements in downtown Bethesda.
  • A major emphasis is placed on promoting programs for transit and ridesharing with employers, property managers, and employees in the Bethesda urban district.
  •  BTS organizes events such as Bike to Work Day and Walk & Ride in Bethesda, and hosts weekly commuter events in office and residential buildings and lobbies throughout Bethesda.
Interested? Send a brief resume or letter detailing your pertinent experience, interests and community activities to Kristen Blackmon, Director, Bethesda Transportation Solutions. For more information, contact Kristen at 301-656-0868 X119, or email
BTS website
Bethesda Bike to Work Day

Become a Bike to Work Day Sponsor

Yes, it’s only February, but springtime is right around the corner. And that means Bike to Work Day 2023 is on the horizon: Friday, May 19.
Downtown Bethesda will again be the site of a Bike to Work Day “pit stop” event at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Great Opportunity for Businesses
  • If you’d like to bask in the exposure this highly popular annual event brings to downtown Bethesda, don’t wait: Save the date (and donate a prize to become a sponsor)!
  • We need donations of great prizes to raffle during the two hour event. Please consider donating prizes (or even cash for BTS to purchase prizes).
  • Sponsors receive recognition in the BTS newsletter, website, on signs and other marketing materials.
It’s Not Too Soon to Act
Contact Brandan Stuckey at or 301-656-0868 X129 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor. |  (301) 656-0868
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