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Oct 7 16

Deadline Extended: Public Invited to Enter Planning Department’s Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest until October 31

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Winners will receive gift cards and their photos will become part of the Bicycle Master Plan or other Planning Department documents

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the public to submit photos for its Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest, until October 31 at 4 p.m. The winning images will become part of the master plan document and other publications produced by the Planning Department.

The contest provides the opportunity to showcase cyclists in urban, suburban and rural settings in Montgomery County. Action shots, staged shots and photos showing the joy of being on two wheels can be submitted in the following categories:

Categories of photos

  1. Best family
  2. Best commuter
  3. Best recreational
  4. Best kid shot
  5. Other (errands)

Participation is free and open to the public. Each person can enter up to five (5) photos, which must be submitted electronically. The contest began on Monday, September 12, 2016 and the submission period will end on Monday, October 31 at 4 p.m. For more details, consult the online contest page.

Semifinalists will be selected by a jury of professional planners and photographers and the winner will be selected by the public in an online poll. The photos receiving the most votes in each category will receive $100 in gift cards and will be promoted on social media. All photos will be eligible to be included in the Bicycle Master Plan.

Sign up for the Bicycle Master Plan e-letter

Follow the team on Twitter: @MCBikePlan

What to enter

High quality digital images that capture the best of cycling in Montgomery County (see categories listed above).  Can focus on people running errands, commuting, cycling for exercise and fun, family cycling and group rides, among others. All photos must be original, not copies of existing images.

For some examples, check out these photos that have been a part of previous documents for the Bicycle Master Plan. See the Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report.

If you choose to include people other than yourself in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted and must be able to provide copies of those releases to M-NCPPC upon request. Entrants must not submit images that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

Technical rules

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion.

Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include:

  • The subject of the image.
  • The location in which the image was taken.
  • A description of the trip, circumstances, etc., that may be helpful for judges.
  • Your name as you would like it to appear in the plan or document if the photo is chosen.

Please clearly label all photos to assist the judges in determining eligibility.

All photographs will be credited with the caption “Photo by: Person’s Name.” M-NCPPC has final approval of any language that appears on its website with any of the photos and will not promote or endorse third-party products or services.

The Montgomery County Planning Department Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest is open to ANYONE at least 18 years of age. The contest is open to all participants as long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. M-NCPPC employees, board members and photographers currently paid by M-NCPPC and the immediate families of such individuals, regardless of residence or citizenship, are NOT eligible.

Your submission of any photographs to the Montgomery County Planning Department for the Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest is subject to the Terms and Conditions listed on the online contest page.

Sep 30 16

Planning Board Will Review Draft of New Bicycle Parking Guidelines at its Meeting on October 6

by Bridget Schwiesow

Best practices for securing and storing bicycles build on new County Zoning Code requirements

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will review newly proposed Bicycle Parking Guidelines at its meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

These guidelines are intended as a resource to help developers, planners, architects and property owners provide high-quality bicycle parking in Montgomery County. The guidelines summarize the bicycle parking requirements in Chapter 59 of the County Code and identify best practices for short- and long-term parking, bike rack design and installation, storage, security and wayfinding.

For more details, consult the Draft Bicycle Parking Guidelines.

In the past, bicycle parking requirements were calculated as a percentage of automobile parking with a maximum of 1 bicycle parking space per 20 vehicle spaces. The new Zoning Code that went into effect on October 30, 2014 calculates bicycle parking requirements based on land use square footage. The full text of the Zoning Code is available online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/countycode.html.

Staff plans to update the Bicycle Parking Guidelines approximately every two years to reflect the newest practices.

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 147 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

Accessibility 
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M-NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

Sep 30 16

Tickets Now on Sale for October 20 Design Excellence Awards Event Co-Sponsored by Planning Department and Potomac Valley AIA

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members are all invited to attend the Celebrate Design Award reception and event at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting everyone with an interest in design excellence in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to attend Celebrate Design on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD). Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online at a cost of $35 per ticket.

The winner and jury citations selected through the Planning Department’s second annual Design Excellence Award competition will be announced during the celebration, which will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation, titled “Design Excellence: Lasting, Comprehensive and Inspirational,” given by architect Edward Feiner, FAIA. Feiner is the Design Leadership Council Director of Perkins + Will and former Chief Architect of the United States General Services Administration, who launched a design excellence program for federal architecture.

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade. More than 20 entries to the competition have been submitted by architects, developers and property owners. The goal of the awards program is to promote top-notch design and improve the quality of the built environment throughout the County.

The winner and jury citations were selected in mid-September 2016 by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The 2016 jurors are:

  • Elinor Bacon of ER Bacon Development in Washington, DC.
  • Shalom Baranes of Shalom Baranes Associates Architects in Washington, DC.
  • Stephanie Bothwell of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design in Washington, DC.
  • Yolanda Cole of Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC.

Review the bios of the jury.

Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD)
Ticket price: $35
Purchase tickets.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening reception.

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Awards presentation by the AIA Potomac Valley and the Montgomery County Planning Department.
Featured Speaker: Architect Edward Feiner, FAIA, of Perkins + Will.

8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Dessert reception.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award

In June 2015, the Department launched its first Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

  • To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.
  • To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.
  • To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

 

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 147 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

 

Accessibility 
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M-NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

Sep 26 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of October 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Enter the Bicycle Master Plan photo contest, ride through history on the Montgomery Modern bus tour and celebrate design excellence this October

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its October 2016 calendar of events. These meetings offer opportunities for the Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events and ongoing plans and projects below, and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.

Montgomery County Planning Department Events in October 2016

October 1-7 – Get geared up for the Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest happening through October 7. Planners are looking for the best digital photos showing cycling in Montgomery County. Top winners in five categories have the opportunity to win gift cards and have their photos become a part of the Bicycle Master Plan and be promoted online. Learn more about the contest and how you can get involved: montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan

October 6 – The Bicycle Master Plan team will present its draft Bicycle Parking Guidelines to the Planning Board. These guidelines are intended as a resource to help developers, planners, architects and property owners provide high-quality bicycle parking in Montgomery County. The guidelines summarize the bicycle parking requirements in Section 59 of the County Code and identify recommended practices as well as practices to avoid. View the draft of the Bicycle Parking Guidelines.

October 8 – Take a ride through history and attend the Modern Montgomery Bus Tour. The Planning Department is co-sponsoring this bus tour of modern homes and buildings designed by mid-20th-century architects Deigert and Yerkes. The event, being held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, is being organized with Docomomo-DC and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects as part of Docomomo-United States’ national tour day, titled “Modernism in Your Backyard.” Learn more about the tour and about the Montgomery Modern program.

October 20 – The Rock Spring Master Plan Working Draft will be presented to the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agendas and Staff Reports page to learn more about this presentation (agendas are posted 10 days prior to the meeting). Learn more about the Rock Spring Master Plan.

October 20 – Buy your ticket to Celebrate Design on October 20, an awards event co-sponsored by the Planning Department and Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winner of the Planning Department’s second annual Design Excellence Award will be announced at the event, to be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each ticket is $35 and can be purchased online.

October 27 – The MARC Rail Communities Plan will present the preliminary plan recommendations for the area around the Boyds and Germantown MARC Stations to the community at 7 p.m. at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874 ). The purpose of the plan is to improve transportation connections and create placemaking opportunities in and around each station area. Learn more about the MARC Rail Communities Plan.

 

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M-NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance of a meeting or event, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

Sep 13 16

Public Invited to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day in Silver Spring on September 16 with County Departments of Parks, Planning and Transportation

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Agencies will transform downtown Silver Spring parking spaces into a temporary, pop-up park with a simulated separated bike lane at Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parksthe Montgomery County Planning Department, both part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 16, 2016 by stopping by a pop-up park situated on parking spaces in downtown Silver Spring.

The pop-up park, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a simulated separated bike lane, games such as a large-size Jenga and life-size Scrabble, seated massages and more, courtesy of the Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. The parklet and bikeway will be located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue and will feature plants, seating, and the bean bag toss game, Cornhole.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in September. Cities around the globe celebrate it to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure, including the role of open space, transit and the environment.  Although the Silver Spring pop-up park is temporary, it promotes the idea of urban open space and encourages people to get more involved in the civic process to influence how public space is created and improve the quality of urban areas.

“PARK(ing) Day is a fun way to get people thinking about alternative uses for public space such as transforming parking spaces into parks,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “Bringing an ordinary parking space to life with greenery, activities and new transportation options, such as a bikeway, can help people visualize how we can take advantage of existing space in new and better ways. We should be thinking about these issues all year long – not just on one special day.”

The event will showcase the Planning Department’s Bicycle Master Planning team as they demonstrate how a separated bike lane would look with stationary bicycles in place in the parking space. Building more separated bike lanes around the County has been part of the discussion during the meetings on the Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will provide recommendations on improving connectivity and bicycle facilities throughout the County. Learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan.

About PARK(ing) Day:
PARK(ing) Day was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio to invite people to rethink the way streets are used and to promote discussion around the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since its inception, the event has grown rapidly and in 2011 included 975 “park” installations in more than 160 cities on six continents. Park(ing) Day is an “open-source” project initiated by Rebar, but built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to advance creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their urban conditions.

 

Sep 6 16

Planning Department’s Montgomery Modern Book Wins Award

by Christopher Peifer

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Book honored with first place in illustrated text category of 2016 Washington Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Competition

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has won first place for its book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, in the illustrated text (small to medium nonprofit) category of the Washington Publishers’ 2016 Book Design and Effectiveness Competition.

The 250-page, well-illustrated book is written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office. It includes an inventory of key midcentury modern buildings and communities, and biographical sketches of the architects and developers who created them. The book was designed by Robert L. Wiser and edited by Nicole Diehlmann, and includes the color photography of Carol M. Highsmith.

The Washington Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Competition recognizes excellence in bookmaking across the greater Washington, DC book publishing community. The competition’s judges evaluate the excellence of each book’s design and effectiveness in achieving the publisher’s goals, meeting the readers’ needs and reaching its market. Prizes are awarded in 15 categories, five designs for each of the three publisher categories – plus best of show.

The Planning Department will receive the award at a ceremony being held on Friday, September 23 at the Resource and Conservation Building in Washington, DC.

For more on the Department’s Montgomery Modern program and for information on how to purchase Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, consult our web site.

Sep 2 16

Planning Department Co-Sponsors October 8 Bus Tour of Modern Homes and Buildings Designed by Architects Deigert and Yerkes

by Christopher Peifer

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Itinerary includes houses in the Tulip Hill and Oak Spring neighborhoods, The Primary Day School and Cedar Lane Unitarian Church

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is co-sponsoring a bus tour of midcentury modern houses and buildings in the County on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is being organized with Docomomo-DC and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects as part of Docomomo-United States’ national tour day, titled “Modernism in Your Backyard.”

The tour will be led by preservation planner and architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, who is the author of the Planning Department’s award-winning book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979.

The bus tour will explore the Montgomery County work of Deigert and Yerkes, a leading modernist architecture firm in the Washington, DC area, best known for the National Arboretum Administration Building The partnership of Robert Campbell Deigert and David Norton Yerkes, which operated from 1947 to 1967, created distinctive designs characterized by their variety in materials and textures, surprising angles and contrasting spaces.

On the itinerary are the rustic modern houses of Tulip Hill (1950-55) and Oak Spring (1966), lunch at The Primary Day School (1955) and a concluding reception at Pietro Belluschi’s Cedar Lane Unitarian Church (1958). Bus pickup and drop-off is at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Kiss and Ride.

Tickets for the tour cost $50 per person and $40 for members of Potomac Valley chapter of AIA and Docomomo-DC. They can be purchased here.

Learn more about the Planning Department’s Montgomery Modern programs.

Aug 31 16

Montgomery County Planning Department and Potomac Valley AIA Will Hold Design Excellence Award Program on October 20

by Christopher Peifer

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Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members are invited to attend the Celebrate Design reception and awards event at the Silver Spring Civic Building

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting everyone with an interest in excellent architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to attend Celebrate Design on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD).

The winner of the Planning Department’s second annual Design Excellence Award competition will be announced during the celebration, which will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation, titled “Design Excellence: Lasting, Comprehensive and Inspirational,” given by architect Edward Feiner, FAIA. Feiner is the Design Leadership Council Director of Perkins + Will and former Chief Architect of the United States General Services Administration, who launched a design excellence program for federal architecture.

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade. More than 20 entries to the competition have been submitted by architects, developers and property owners. The goal of the awards program is to promote top-notch design and improve the quality of the built environment throughout the County.

The winner will be selected in September by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The 2016 jurors are:

-Elinor Bacon of ER Bacon Development in Washington, DC.

-Shalom Baranes of Shalom Baranes Associates Architects in Washington, DC.

-Stephanie Bothwell of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design in Washington, DC.

-Yolanda Cole of Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC.

Review the bios of the jury.

 

Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD)
Ticket price: $35
Purchase tickets.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening  reception.

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Awards presentation by the AIA Potomac Valley and the Montgomery County Planning Department.
Featured Speaker: Architect Edward Feiner, FAIA, of Perkins + Will.

8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Dessert reception.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award

In June 2015, the Department launched its first Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

-To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.

-To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.

-To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

Aug 31 16

Planning Department Invites Public to Enter Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest between September 12 and October 7

by Christopher Peifer

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Winners will receive gift cards and their photos will become part of the Bicycle Master Plan or other Planning Department documents

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the public to enter its Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest, to be held from September 12 to October 7. The winning images will become part of the master plan document and other publications produced by the Planning Department.

The contest provides the opportunity to showcase cyclists in urban, suburban and rural settings in Montgomery County. Action shots, staged shots and photos showing the joy of being on two wheels can be submitted in the following categories:

Categories of photos

  1. Best family
  2. Best commuter
  3. Best recreational
  4. Best kid shot
  5. Other (errands)

Participation is free and open to the public. Each person can enter up to five (5) photos, which must be submitted electronically. The contest will begin on Monday, September 12, 2016 and the submission period will end on Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. For more details, consult the online contest page.

Semifinalists will be selected by a jury of professional planners and photographers and the winner will be selected by the public in an online poll. The photos with the most votes in each category will receive $100 in gift cards and will be promoted on social media. All photos will be eligible to be included in the Bicycle Master Plan.

Sign up for the Bicycle Master Plan e-letter

Follow the team on Twitter: @MCBikePlan

What to enter

High quality digital images capturing the best of cycling in Montgomery County (see categories listed above) can focus on people running errands, commuting, cycling for exercise and fun, family cycling and group rides, among others. All photos must be original, not copies of existing images.

For some examples, check out these photos that have been a part of previous documents for the Bicycle Master Plan. See the Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report.

If you choose to include people other than yourself in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to M-NCPPC upon request. Entrants must not submit images that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.

Technical rules

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion.

Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include:

  • The subject of the image.
  • The location in which the image was taken.
  • A description of the trip, circumstances, etc., that may be helpful for judges.
  • Your name as you would like it to appear in the plan or document if the photo is chosen.

Please clearly label all photos to assist judges in determining eligibility.

All photographs will be credited with the caption “Photo by Person’s Name.” M-NCPPC has final approval of any language that appears on its website with any of the photos and will not promote or endorse third-party products or services.

The Montgomery County Planning Department Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest is open to ANYONE at least 18 years of age. The contest is open to all participants as long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. M-NCPPC employees, board members and photographers currently paid by M-NCPPC and the immediate families of such individuals, regardless of residence or citizenship, are NOT eligible.

Your submission of any photographs to the Montgomery County Planning Department for the Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest is subject to the Terms and Conditions listed on the online contest page.