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New Ave Bikeway

About the New Ave Bikeway

The goal of this project is to creatively redesign the underutilized service lanes on the southbound side on New Hampshire Avenue as a two-directional bikeway, while still providing vehicular access to properties.

The second design phase of the project, supported by a Maryland Bikeways grant, continues to develop the design. It will provide design and consideration of pavement markings, signage, curb and sidewalk adjustments, vertical barriers between cyclists and vehicular traffic, and possible elimination of some curbside parking in the service lane.

This project builds on the 2012 New Ave Feasibility Study, the 2016 MWCOG grant for preliminary design, and the 2016 Bikeshare expansion into Ward 6. The outcome of the project is 60% Plans  that the City can use to apply for further funding to complete final  engineering drawings and the Bikeway’s eventual construction.

Current Project Status

FY18 MD Bikeways Grant

The New Ave Bikeway Project was awarded a Maryland Bikeways grant on November 29, 2017 to continue design work for the project. The FY18 grant funds develop semi-final designs for a portion of the Bikeway from Auburn Avenue to Holton Lane (Section A).

A grant agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation was executed in July 2018. City Council passed an ordinance to execute a contract for design and engineering services for the bikeway on September 5, 2018.

Currently, design work and agency stakeholder meetings with Maryland National Capital Park and Planning (M-NCPPC), Montgomery Planning, Maryland State Highway Administration, and other agency stakeholders. The City received a project extension in order to finalize designs for the M-NCPPC owned portion of the bikeway.

60% design documents are currently being finalized. A City Council presentation is scheduled for late July.

FY20 Maryland Bikeways Grant

On September 19, 2019, the City was awarded an additional MD Bikeways Grant to develop 60% designs for an additional portion of the Bikeway from Auburn Avenue to Poplar Avenue (Section B). The grant agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation was executed in December 2019.

Design work and agency stakeholder outreach has begun for 15% designs. Public outreach will occur in late Summer/Fall 2020 for comment on 30% design.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Jamee Ernst
City Planner
Phone: 301-891-7213

Southbound New Hampshire Avenue side service lane, looking north from Glenside Drive.
Southbound New Hampshire Avenue side service lane, looking north from Glenside Drive.



New Ave Bikeway Details

Project Info & Timeline

Budget & Funding Source

  • $300,000 for 60% Engineering Designs for Section A: $240,000 in MD Bikeways Grant Funding, $60,000 in City Match
  • $293,750 for 60% Engineering Designs for Section B: $235,000 in MD Bikeways Grant Funding, $58,750 in City Match

Funding Sources: Current design costs for the project are funded by a grant  from the Maryland Bikeways, awarded  in November, 2017. Further work will be funded by an additional MD Bikeways grant awarded in September 2019. City of Takoma Park contributes a 20% match as outlined above.

Project Timeline

  • Fall 2020
    Completion of 60% Design for Section A
  • Summer 2020
    Community Outreach and Council Presentation for Section A

  • June 2020
    Initiation of Preliminary Design for Section B
  • September 2019
    Awarded MD Bikeways Grant 60% Design for Section B
  • Fall 2018 to Present
    Design Work and Agency Stakeholder Meetings (Ongoing)
  • October 2019
    Six Month Extension Granted by MD Bikeways
  • September 2018
    Council Approves Ordinance to Execute Contract for Design Services with RK&K
  • July 2018
    Grant Agreement Executed 
  • November 2017
    Awarded MD Bikeways Grant for 60% Design for Section A
  • June 2017
    30% Designs Completed
  • May 2017
    RK&K 30% Designs Presented to Council
  • March 2017
    Community Meeting for 30% Design
  • July 2016
    MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant Awarded for 30% Design

Links & Notes

Preliminary Design (30% Plans) Completed

The City was awarded $60,000 for preliminary design of the New Ave Bikeway from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).The first phase of design of the New Ave Bikeway Project was completed in June 2017. The City, in conjunction with MWCOG, selected a project consultant, Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (RK&K). After meeting with City staff and stakeholders, RK&K  developed 15%  plans for the design and presented at a community meeting on March 16, 2017. They then incorporated public and agency stakeholder comments in the development of 30% design plans, presented to Council on May 17, 2017.

Semi-Final Designs (60% Design) Completed

60% Designs were funded by a MD-Bikeways Grant and completed in late May 2020. These build on comments received on 30% plans above. Plans can be viewed at the links below.



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