New Pedestrian Paths at College Park Station

In conjunction with the Bike & Ride facility, Metro recently constructed multiple sidewalks on the east side of College Park – U of MD station to provide easier and safer pedestrian and bicycle access to the station and the Bike & Ride.  One of the sidewalks provides direct access to Paint Branch Parkway which leads to the Northeast Branch Trail less than ½ mile away.  In addition to the sidewalks, we installed curb ramps to meet ADA standards, and established a safer pedestrian route across the bus loop to the station entrance.

We undertook this work as part of Metro’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Element of 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program.  We will be making bike, pedestrian, ADA and sidewalk improvements next at Cheverly, Landover, New Carrollton, Glenmont, Shady Grove, Brookland-CUA, Huntington, W. Falls Church, Vienna and Van Dorn.  What key bike and pedestrian connections at stations do you recommend be made?

Before and after pictures are shown below:

New pedestrian and bicycle improvements at College Park station.

 

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  1. Concerned
    June 7th, 2012 at 09:37 | #1

    Why did they add raised curbs to the new sidewalks? They create an extra obstacle for people to trip over and bikes to crash into. They concentrate stormwater runoff instead of allowing it to flow off the sidewalk and soak into the grass. They add extra cost to the installation and serve no purpose.

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    • Gail
      June 7th, 2012 at 11:48 | #2

      Raised curbs are sometimes necessary due to the steep grade of the land on the side of the sidewalk. It performs the job of a small wall so that the area does not have to be re-graded at a steeper angle. If it gets too steep, it will be difficult to mow the grass and maintain the area. We try to avoid these curb walls whenever possible due to the reasons you mentioned.

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  2. Dave
    June 13th, 2012 at 09:36 | #3

    Please rename ADA Ramp to Accessible Ramp. It’s not about ADA, it’s more than ADA. Many other people will be using the accessible ramp. For example, a parent with baby stroller, a person using luggage with wheels, to name a few. Thank you.

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