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Bike Safety at the NIH

Biking to work is a great way to maintain your health and lower your carbon footprint. The added benefits are less stress from dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic and the headache of searching for a parking space. Here are a few helpful tips and friendly reminders to maintain a safe riding environment on the Bethesda main campus.

Tips:

  • There are various bike racks and bike lockers throughout the campus. Many of these bike racks and lockers are located conveniently near buildings or in a nearby parking garage. Please visit the following NIH website for a map illustrating the locations of bike racks and lockers on campus: https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/maps/Pages/Bicycle-Racks-Lockers-Map.aspx.
  • A friendly reminder that bikes are only permitted to be parked or secured at bike racks or in bike lockers. Bikes and bike locks are not permitted to be secured to light poles, railings or other objects other than bike racks or lockers. The bike lockers are free for all to use. Securing your lock on an empty bike locker is prohibited and is inconsiderate for those who want to use the bike locker when it is empty.
  • Bikes are not permitted to remain on campus overnight. Bikes left for several days or show indication that they have not been moved in several days will be considered abandoned. Abandoned bikes are subject to the lock being cut and the bike removed. For more information, please visit the NIH Bike Policy at: https://policymanual.nih.gov/1411.
  • In the state of Maryland, bikes are considered vehicles and must obey all traffic signs and devices. For example, coming to a stop at a stop sign. Failure to obey stop signs and other traffic control devices could lead to a fine ranging from $80 to $120. In addition, entering an intersection without due regard may put you in an unsafe predicament with a motor vehicle or pedestrian resulting in injuries or property damage.
  • In Montgomery County, bikes are permitted to ride on sidewalks but must yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Last, but not least, a friendly reminder to prevent bike theft on and off campus -- never leave your bike unsecured. Always lock your bike to a bike rack or secure it in a bike locker.

Please help us to pass the word. Let's work together to maintain a safe and friendly work environment.

If you have any questions, please contact:

The NIH Community Policing Office

Office: (301) 496-3020

Email: NIHCommunityPolicingOffice@mail.nih.gov


Impact of the WMATA Platform Improvement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will begin its Platform Imporvement Project beginning May 25, 2019 thru September 8, 2019. Please be advised that this project will require the complete shutdown of the following metro rail stations: Braddock Road, King Street, Eisnehower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield. 

This will lead to extensive delays and crowding, as such, WMATA has encouraged all riders on the impacted lines to use alternate transportation if available.


Walter Reed Medical Center to demolish buildings for nearly 7-year reconstruction project

Walter Reed Medical Center will demolish five of its buildings to replace with two new constructions. “Federal Drive with Tom Temin” speaks to Walter Reed Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, and lead of the medical center’s reconstruction project, Theresa Lavoie. In this podcast, Lavoie discusses the reconstruction project and its progession. Listen to Tom Temin’s interview with Theresa Lavoie


MD 355 (Rockville Pike) Crossing Near Medical Center Metro Station

As part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station (http://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/multimodal.jpg), a construction work site is located on the NIH (east) side of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station.

 

A map detailing the work zone near the metro station and the pedestrian detour can be viewed at: http://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/Work%20Site%205-31-2017.pdf. The entire area of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station on both sides of the street is a construction zone. Please pay attention to all signs, and drive, walk or bike carefully through the area. 

The Crossing Project construction is anticipated to continue through mid-2021. To read more about the Crossing Project, visit their website at: http://md355crossing.com/. For more information about traffic news in and around the NIH Bethesda campus, including the Crossing Project, visit the NIH Traffic Website at: https://traffic.nih.gov/

Click this External Website to view the noise waiver certificate from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP).

For questions about this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at orsinfo@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908. Please tune your radios to 1660 AM for NIH traffic, parking and perimeter security advisories.

 

Medical Center Metro Escalator Replacement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is beginning a major capital improvement project to replace the three escalators at the Medical Center Metrorail station. The current escalators have exceeded their useful life and will be replaced with new, reliable and durable escalators.  Metro's contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of Metro's ongoing project to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system. The project is expected to take about 2.5 years, as most of the work will be conducted while the station is closed. During construction, one escalator at a time will be replaced, leaving access to the remaining two escalators. For more information and the full article, click here.