Downtown Silver Spring is getting a couple of new dedicated bike lanes.

Montgomery County transportation crews will begin work soon on two separated lanes. One lane will stretch along Second and Wayne Avenues from Spring Street to Georgia Avenue. Another will stretch along Cameron Street from Second to George Avenue. Each lane is about a half mile long and is modeled after similar “cycle tracks” in White Flint.

There will also be a new protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue. This new intersection is designed to make travel safer for bicycles, because there are “corner islands” that sharpen the turning radius and slow down cars as they turn. The intersection is believed to be the first of its kind on the East Coast. Other similar designs have been installed in San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Chicago.

Construction could lead to some lane closures in the area, but will be limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m to 7:00 a.m

Design of the new

Design of the new "protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation

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