Monday, April 8, 2013
Bethesda Elementary parents have launched a change.org petition after a car struck a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby near the school in February.
Bethesda Elementary parents have launched an online petition asking Montgomery County to ramp up pedestrian safety measures on Arlington Road, asking for speed cameras, more visible crosswalk signage and turning restrictions. The change.org petition comes nearly two months after a car struck a stroller carrying a 3-month-old baby as a mother was walking across Arlington Road towards the school. The child's father told Patch it was "pure luck" the child wasn't injured. According to the petition, parents are advocating for: • “No Turn on Red” in high-traffic pedestrian areas, particularly those near and around a school or playground. • Better, more visible markings of pedestrian crosswalks on Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane, and other …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A five-story building with 140 residential units and retail is planned for the Bethesda site.
A demolition permit for the former post office at 7001 Arlington Road in Bethesda was issued this month, according to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center director Ken Hartman. Plans for a five-story, mixed-use residential and retail building on the site were approved in November. A building permit for the development is in the works, Hartman said. The news was first reported by Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer. The United States Postal Service closed the two former downtown Bethesda offices at Arlington Road and Wisconsin Avenue and opened a new retail location last year. The move was part of a nationwide effort by USPS to consolidate or close post offices in the face of declining revenues. The postal service faced pushback over …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The baby’s stroller was dragged six feet and knocked over after it was struck by a car in a crosswalk on Arlington Road, according to father and police.
A baby whose stroller was struck while being walked across Arlington Road suffered a few scratches, but his father says he feels lucky something much more serious didn’t happen when the car dragged the stroller about six feet and knocked it over. The collision has some community members, including the Bethesda Elementary PTA, calling for more pedestrian safety measures on the busy road. “It will forever be one of the most horrifying moments of my life when I got the call from my wife saying, ‘Baby Dash has been hit by a car and I’m in an ambulance,’” Robin Harding, the baby’s father, told Patch. “I sincerely hope I never get a call like that again.” Harding said that his wife, Etsuko Yamada, had been walking their two-and-a-half-month-old …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Last week's accident has some calling for more safety measures at the intersection.
A car struck a stroller carrying a three-month-old baby in an accident on Arlington Road reported by Patch last week, Montgomery County police reported Wednesday, but the child and the mother were uninjured. The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Feb. 27, when a mother was crossing Arlington Road in the crosswalk pushing her three-month-old son in a stroller, said police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti. An Acura MDX making a left turn onto Arlington Road from Edgemoor Lane struck the stroller, Innocenti said. Neither mother nor child were injured, but the baby was transported to the hospital as a precaution, Innocenti said. The driver, a 34-year-old Bethesda woman, stayed on the scene. The driver was deemed at fault and cited…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Police: The child wasn't injured during Wednesday's incident.
A child was involved in a pedestrian collision last week on Arlington Road and Edgemoor Lane, near Bethesda Elementary School, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman said. The incident has sparked debate about child safety on and near busy streets in Bethesda. Details surrounding the accident remain unclear. A police report was not immediately available. The child wasn't injured, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokeswoman. Police responded to the scene around 2:42 p.m. Wednesday, Innocenti said. Following the incident, local officials and the Bethesda Elementary School PTA are looking into ways to increase safety near the busy intersection. "This accident is extremely troubling. We need all drivers to watch for pedestrians…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Longtime Arlington Road fixture will soon close its doors.
Arlington Road store Bruce Variety is set to close, an employee confirms to Patch. It wasn't known when the store would close its doors. The store has been a longtime fixture in downtown Bethesda, selling home goods, paper goods, apparel, gifts and novelty items. A manager couldn't immediately be reached for more information on the closure. Stay tuned to Patch for updates. This article was changed to remove the description of the store as a hardware store.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Trimming a lane for drivers and adding space for cyclists are among bike infrastructure improvement suggestions made by cyclist groups ahead of Capital Bikeshare.
Taking a driving lane out of Arlington Road north of Bradley Boulevard to provide space for bike lanes are among the bike infrastructure improvements proposed by two local cyclist groups ahead of the implementation of Capital Bikeshare. The “road diet” for Arlington Road is among the list of suggestions developed by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Montgomery Bicycle Advocates for Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Bicycle safety has been in the spotlight ahead of the implementation of a downcounty Capital Bikeshare system, expected to launch next year, which some say could bring inexperienced cyclists to busy downtown streets and increase conflicts between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. “In order…