Traffic To Be Rerouted To Improve Safety Where Capital Crescent Trail Crosses Little Falls Parkway

Bethesda intersection is where cyclist was struck and killed by car in October


The Capital Crescent Trail crossing on Little Falls Parkway.

Andrew Metcalf

Montgomery Parks announced Wednesday night that traffic patterns will change at Little Falls Parkway and the Capital Crescent Trail to improve safety beginning in January.

The intersection is the site where Ned Gaylin, 81, of Chevy Chase was struck and killed in October. Gaylin was pedaling a three-wheeled recumbent bicycle and was hit by a vehicle driven by Nils Carl Axel Rudelius, 78, of Bethesda.

According to a notice released by the department, vehicular traffic on Little Falls Parkway will merge from two lanes to one, in each direction in vicinity of the intersection. The speed limit will reduce from 35 mph to 25 mph, and additional signs alerting motorists of pedestrians and bicyclists will be installed.

Also, department staff will “conduct additional studies in the vicinity of this intersection to identify a safe long-term solution to accommodate both vehicles and trail users. The long-term solution may involve additional traffic pattern changes and trail connectors. Trail users and motorists should always use caution when entering the intersection, adhere to the new traffic patterns, and obey state laws at all times,” the notice said.

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