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Events roundup: Our next happy hour, Rockville transit, bike in Tysons, and more

It's time for Greater Greater Washington's next happy hour! This month's will be Thursday in Tenleytown. Also, learn about BRT plans in Rockville, see Tysons by bike, and more at events around the region.

Map of Montgomery BRT by Communities for Transit.

Join us Thursday, June 26 for a happy hour with Ward 3 Vision at Public Tenley, 4611 41st St NW. Stop by at 6:30, or come earlier to watch all or part of the 4:00 World Cup games. Neil Flanagan and others will be watching the game, then segue to discussing how to make the region more walkable, affordable, and vibrant.

Rockville rapid transit open house: Learn more about Montgomery County's planned 80-mile Bus Rapid Transit system, especially proposals on MD-355 and Veirs Mill Road. Communities for Transit and the Coalition for Smarter Growth will talk about the projects, show maps, and provide free refreshments Wednesday, June 25th, 6:30-8 pm.

After the jump: Tour Tysons by bike; public meetings on Virginia Route 7, Canal Road, Braddock Road; plus online maps and your vote.

Tour de Tysons: The Tour de Tysons bicycle race is Sunday, June 29. But FABB is making sure it's not just for racers. While racers take a break from noon to 1, the one-mile race course will be open to everyone for a family-friendly bike ride that's also a great chance to experience Tysons streets without traffic—basically an Open Streets event.

In the morning, a League of American Bicyclists instructor will hold a bike commuting seminar. Members of the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) will also lead "bike trains" to help teach potential bike travelers safe routes to the Silver Line from three locations: the Barns of Wolf Trap, Mosaic District, and the Vienna caboose.

Widening Route 7: VDOT plans to widen Route 7 west of Tysons Corner. You can encourage them to design it in a way that's more walkable, bikeable, and good for transit at the public meeting tonight, Tuesday Jun 24, 6-8:30 pm at Forestville Elementary School, 1085 Utterback Store Road in Great Falls, just off Route 7.

Canal Road safety: DDOT is studying how to make Canal Road safer between Chain Bridge and M Street. The second public meeting for the study is Thursday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V Street NW.

Braddock Road Metro: WMATA is holding a public meeting Thursday, June 26th to get community input as the agency starts planning to redevelop the area around Braddock Road station. The meeting is in the Charles Houston Recreation Center on Wythe Street in Alexandria.

Try out Alexandria's interactive maps: The City of Alexandria is setting up a new online, interactive map system, and they want people to kick the tires. Many of you can probably give them very valuable feedback! There are six in-person sessions in the next few weeks to try them out, or you can try them online and send in your feedback.

And vote! If you're a Maryland resident, don't forget to vote in the primary today if you haven't already! See our election coverage for information on candidates in competitive Montgomery council races.

Do you know an event that should be on the Greater Greater Washington calendar? Send an email to with the details and a link to a page on the web which has more information.

Correction: The first version of this post erroneously listed the date of the happy hour as for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25 instead of Thursday, June 26. The happy hour is Thursday.

Nick Ruiz is a communications intern for the Coalition for Smarter Growth and an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, where he studies business. He loves all things urban planning (especially transit) and hopes to get a master's degree in the field. Nick currently lives in College Park. 


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Is the GGW/W3V happy hour Wed or Thurs? I thought it was scheduled for Thursday, June 26.

by 202_Cyclist on Jun 24, 2014 3:03 pm • linkreport

Where is the happy hour? I know facebook won't come up if I click the link.

by drumz on Jun 24, 2014 3:04 pm • linkreport


It is at Public Tenley but perhaps someone else can confirm.

by 202_Cyclist on Jun 24, 2014 3:07 pm • linkreport

Yes, Public Tenley. Sorry, I introduced all of these errors in editing (we didn't have the happy hour details to the post authors in time) and was too rushed about it.

by David Alpert on Jun 24, 2014 3:27 pm • linkreport

Is Montgomery BRT going to be "real" BRT with actual stops with pre-boarding ticketing and dedicated, separated bus lanes or just a rebranded bus service called "BRT"?

by Marsh on Jun 25, 2014 10:26 am • linkreport

Marsh - BRT supporters put all the lines away from expensive neighborhoods, don't say how 2.4 billion is going to come from or spent, whether it'll raise taxes on those living nearby, how much it'll slow down drivers vs. speed up bus riders, what stops they'll have or what cuts will be made to RideOn or MetroBus or to current service.
There's still an economic slowdown, and 2.4 billion is half the County's budget for an entire year. If you want services in the County, they'll remind you and say "we're closing this, we're cutting that". And I've asked for certain heavy use "flag pole" stops to be upgraded, and get told they "have no money".
They could upgrade 1000 "flag pole" bus stops to covered bus shelters and a bike rack for less than the cost of 1 mile of "repurposed" lane BRT. LESS. So.. do you ride the bus? Want bus service improved?
The plans I've seen from CSG would mean some people I know currently using the bus won't be able to use the bus anymore. Hard not to be rude at people claiming to be pro-transit who drove over to a meeting to shout down actual ridership showing opposition to their boondoggle.

by asffa on Jun 25, 2014 1:44 pm • linkreport

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