This is in further response to your email regarding bicycle safety concerns along the subject roadway in Prince George’s County. The State Highway Administration (SHA) appreciates the opportunity to assist you in this matter.
The SHA’s District 3 traffic engineering staff has completed its review of this location, and would like to share the findings with you. Under current Maryland law, bicycles are permitted to share the roadway with vehicular traffic. In addition, the Prince George’s county Law prohibits the bicycles from using the sidewalks.
Turning movement counts were completed at the Drexel Street, Crosby Road, and Chapman Road intersections with MD 212. Bicycles were counted separately at the three intersections. It was found that only 2 bicycles accessed MD 212 from Crosby Road during the day. Most of the cyclists traveling from Sligo Creek Trail are utilizing Drexel Street and are traveling along SB MD 212 to access Chapman Road. The bicycle count at MD 212 and Chapman Road intersection indicated less than half of the bicyclists accessed Chapman Road from SB MD 212 and more bicyclists continued straight along MD 212 to MD 410. Field observations indicated that no bicycles were observed utilizing the sidewalks along either direction of MD 212 at Crosby Road and Chapman Road intersections. A safer method for bicyclists to access Chapman Road via MD 212 is to turn turn right from Chapman Road onto SB MD 212 then utilize the median opening along MD 212 at Beechwood Road, south of Chapman Road, where they can make a left-turn and continue along Beechwood Road to 21st Avenue then to Chapman Road. In addition, a review of the most recent police reported crash data did not indicate any crashes involving bicycles at either Crosby Road or Chapman Road. As a result of the aforementioned information, a median cut-through for bicycles along MD 212 at Chapman Road is not recommended.
As an alternative, a request was sent to the SHA’s maintenance staff to install “Bicycle” signs with supplemental “Share the Road” signs to raise drivers’ awareness of the presence of bicycle traffic along MD 212 from MD 410 to Drexel Street. This work will be completed in sixty (60) days, weather and scheduling permitting.
A design request was submitted for review and approval by the director of the Office of Traffic and Safety (OOTS) to install a bicycle loop detector along NB MD 212 and Drexel Street intersection. Installation of a crosswalk across MD 212 at Drexel Street as well as installation of audible and countdown pedestrian signals is also recommended as a part of this design request package. Please note that design requests must be approved by the director of OOTS, once approved a schedule will be developed and plans will be prepared in order to implement the change.
Thank you again for your email. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or my Team Leader for Traffic, Ms. Shaneka Owens, at 301-513-7424 or 1-800-749-0737.
Assistant District Engineer-Traffic (Prince George’s County)
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