Sidewalks in Berwyn

Post date: Sep 6, 2015 3:30:15 PM

Dear Neighbor,

This year, the Neighborhood Permit Parking and Sidewalk Survey (see attached) revealed that a majority of Berwyn homeowners are interested in the installation of sidewalks. Sidewalks in our largely sidewalk-less community will promote walkability, pedestrian safety, and has the potential to increase property values. Furthermore, a 2003 Housing Plan (Page 48) reveals that the installation of sidewalks in Berwyn is a smart investment...

Public Capital Investment

In the past, Berwyn has benefited from public capital investment, such as Lake Artemesia and the College Park Trolley Trail and Plaza. The area can gain from new sidewalks, increased safety measures and traffic improvements. The commercial district in particular can benefit from new streetscaping including reconstructed sidewalks, road improvements, streetlights, landscaping, signage, and façade improvements. The City applied to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) funding to assist with these efforts.

At this time, Berwyn can take advantage of the Safe Routes to Schools Program to fully fund the design and installation of sidewalks (i.e., no city tax money involved). Neighbors to our north have already received more than $500,000 in funding for their new sidewalks. Based on your responses to the survey and other conversations, it appears that installation of sidewalks would be well received along Quebec, Rhode Island, & Berwyn Road (see below). The blue side walk would help to connect with existing sidewalks and the orange would complete the block, but probably be more challenging given existing fencing and landscaping.

If you're interested in pursuing sidewalks, please email or call me (202-288-5569; with your interest. If there is support for this idea, we can engage our City Engineer to review the feasibility, hold a meeting with impacted neighbors, and apply for Safe Routes to School funding in 2016.