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Welcome to the Carderock Springs Citizens' Association, a neighborhood group in Bethesda, Maryland.  We are NOT the Swim & Tennis Club (clubhouse, pools, tennis courts).  Membership in one does not include membership in the other.
 

Carderock Springs is a neighborhood proud to be on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places as a prime example of situated mid-century modernism where houses complement and blend in with the natural landscape.  There are  covenants which govern your property.  If you are modifying the exterior of your home, you will need to obtain approval from the Architectural Review Committee, which has ARC Design Guidelines.   If you are thinking of removing a tree, please consult the Tree Removal Guidelines.

Considering purchasing a home in Carderock Springs?   Here's introductory information for home purchasers regarding Carderock's Vision Statement, covenants, the National Register of Historic Places, the Maryland HIstorical Trust and the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.


  
   You may qualify for a tax credit by applying to the Maryland Historical Trust because Carderock Springs is a
des
ignated historic community!  Yes:  window....roof....furnace replacement and more!
 

 
  CSCA Traffic Safety Committee Update






May 2018:  Traffic Safety Referendum Results

The Traffic Safety Committee reviewed the referendum data and reports that there were 148 "No" votes with respect to permanent islands and 72 "Yes" votes.  Of the 569 households, 220 voted in the referendum (217 online and 3 paper ballots).  Of the 232 votes received, the committee found that 12 were duplicates and thus the referendum attracted 220 votes or nearly 40% of eligible households.  In addition to the referendum question, the survey did allow voters to provide comments concerning their choices as well as provided an opportunity for them to share thoughts about other measures to improve traffic safety.  The comments can be reviewed here:  April 30 Referendum Comments



At the May 6 annual meeting, the traffic safety committee will be pleased to answer questions about the referendum and the tally. The committee wants to thank CSCA Data Base Manager Stephanie Land for her assistance in reviewing the votes and determining eligibility.  The commitee will also summarize some of the survey comments received from residents about traffic safety.


April 2018:  County Traffic Safety Data and Referendum 

Click Here to Vote: CLOSED

This month, the Carderock Springs Citizens Association's (CSCA) Traffic Safety Committee (Don Goldberg, Jane Roth, Amy Taylor, Bill Draper, and Stefan LoBuglio) will conduct a referendum among residents about their support for the installation of permanent traffic islands on Fenway Road as a traffic calming measure.  Click on the link above to vote.
 
The CSCA Board has indicated that it will be guided by the results of this referendum to advise the Montgomery County Department of Transportation about whether there is resident support for the installation of permanent islands.  If a majority of survey respondents of eligible residents express support for permanent islands, the CSCA board will ask the County to proceed with the next steops in designing and installing permanent islands.
 
By way of background, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation installed two "trial" islands on October 13, 2017 on a section of Fenway Road between Still Spring Court and Magruder Mill Court for a period of four months.  To assess the effect of the trial islands on vehicle speed, the County collected speed data on Fenway Road shortly after the installation of the trial islands and shortly before they were removed.  The County also provided speed data on Fenway Road that had been taken nearly a year and a half before the period of the installation of the trial islands. 
 
The County’s speed data report is available here:  County Trial Island Speed Data Report.    The County engineer assigned to this project summarized the data as follows (note that “Location B” refers to a measuring location between the two trial islands):
 
" A comparison of the data collected at Location B on Fenway Road prior to and during the trial calming reveals a reduction of vehicle speeds ranging from 0 to 10% along the northbound roadway and 0 to 9% along the southbound roadway. Interestingly, the only periods that realized no speed reduction was on weekends. Overall, the speeds tabulated [during the four-month trial island period ] fall below the criteria set forth in the county speed hump Regulation. Vehicular speeds and volumes compiled along Lilly Stone Drive during the trial period were found to be at or below those compiled prior to the trial period." 

The "trial islands" were flexible fiberglass stakes (Qwick Kurb type delineating system) that with pavement markings were installed by the County to simulate the alignment and positions of permanent concrete islands. 
 
The permanent physical islands would be concrete structures measuring ~18 inches wide, 40 feet long, and 6 inches high with mountable curbs. The permanent physical islands would have reflector posts installed on them and would be accompanied by pavement markings in their vicinity.
 
See previously posted information in this section of the CSCA website for more background about this issue:
 
About the referendum
 
Each household served by the association will be allowed one vote.  All valid submissions must contain names and addresses.  In the case of multiple submissions, only the first submission will be counted.
 
The data collected by this survey will be accessed by the Traffic Safety Committee and tabulated.  Individual household responses will not be publicly reported.  Email and telephone information is requested to authenticate submissions in cases of questions.
 
Paper ballots can also be submitted as an alternative to completing this online survey.  The paper ballots can be downloaded here (Paper Ballot Download) and will also be available at the club house.  Once completed, they can be returned through the pass-through slot in the club house office's exterior window facing the parking lot.  
 
All submissions must be received by midnight on Monday, April 30.

February 2018 Update:  The Traffic Safety Committee will be conducting an additional survey of residents.

October 2017 Update:  County Plan for Fenway Road Trial Islands

 
On October 13th, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) installed the below trial islands and temporary pavement marking tape on Fenway Road between Still Spring Court and Magruder Mill Court:



From the DOT:  "The trial period will be extended to run for four months, instead of three months.  The four-month trial period will run from late October 2017 through late February 2018.  During this trial period, DTEO will conduct a one-week speed and traffic volume study.  The data will be collected at three different locations in advance, within, and after the area marked with trial islands.  All data and analysis collected will be provided to the Carderock Springs HOA to assist the community in making a determination on whether to proceed with the installation of permanent physical islands."

Note:  The permanent physical islands would be made out of concrete which would be ~18 inches wide with mountable curbs and 40 feet long.  The permanent physical islands would also have reflector posts installed on them.


August 2017 update:  The "Fenway Road Safety Survey #2: Trial Islands" results are linked below.  In summary, 62.78% of the survey respondents are in favor of the trial islands, and 37.22% of the survey respondents are opposed.  Because the majority of the respondents are in favor, the CSCA Board voted to endorse the trial islands.    

 
Here are two concept plans of the DOT's trial islands:
 
"Fenway Road Safety Survey #1" RESULTS AVAILABLE - April 2017:
 

Thanks to the hard work of Stephanie Land, the CSCA Data Manager, we have processed the results of the "Fenway Road Safety Survey" which was conducted in February and posted them below.  We are pleased that 233 responses were received, out of a total of approximately 550 households in the CSCA database, which represents a very strong response.  Thanks to all residents who completed this survey which provides a much more complete picture of the sentiments in the neighborhood regarding traffic calming than we have ever had.

 

There are three separate documents summarizing these results. 

  1. Survey Monkey Global Survey Results
  2. Report 1 -  Fenway Road Impacted Respondent Results
  3. Report 2 – Detailed Fenway Road Resident Responses
The Board reviewed the results of the Survey Monkey Global Results and Report 1 – Fenway Impacted Respondents at its March meeting and had the following initial reactions. We did not receive Report 2- Detailed Fenway Resident Responses until the week of April 2, so have not as a Board arrived at any final recommendations.  The preliminary reaction of the Board to the results of the first two reports are:
  • It is clear that no matter how the survey responses are viewed, a clear majority of respondents feel that there is a safety issue on Fenway Road for pedestrians, bikers and/or drivers.
  • In addition, a clear majority of respondents feel that the Montgomery County DOT or the Police should install one or more of islands, pavement markings or speed cameras.
  • Of the three available traffic calming measures, speed cameras appears to be the most favored, with clear majorities of all respondents supporting.
  • Fenway Road residents had a clear dislike of pavement markings, and no other group appeared to support these with clear majority; accordingly, the Board is not inclined to pursue pavement markings as an option.
  • Traffic islands appeared to represent the most divergent of the options in terms of support or lack thereof, with higher levels of strong agreement and strong disagreement.
  • If islands are a chosen option, clear majorities support installing temporary “trial” islands first, followed by a second survey to determine whether there is support for the permanent islands.
Our CSCA Traffic Safety Committee has linked the following resources for your convenience:

1.  MC Police Captain Didone's letter from early February, 2017 
Captain Didone of the MC Police investigated Fenway Road in early February.  He wrote a letter to the community which we linked above.  He wrote, "I observed that Fenway Rd. is a relatively long and rolling residential road which I believe is sorely in need of roadway enhancements... Some of the residents perceive that there is potential for traffic collisions and I concur with their assessment... In conclusion, I strongly encourage the Carderock Springs community to support the trial DOT roadway treatments."

1a.       The  "Traffic Safety Measures Comparison" for Fenway Road as of October 20, 2017.  It is a working summary to date of our collaborative efforts with the DOT and the MC Police.  It includes the viable and non-viable options for traffic safety measures and the reasons why or why not they are in their respective categories.  Also, it includes an analysis of the safety effectiveness, parking impacts, and driveway/landscaping/trees impacts of the various viable options.

1b.  "Frequently Asked Questions" for Fenway Road as of January 10, 2017
 
2.       The "key" to the April and October 2016 MCDOT traffic studies linked below

3.       The April 2016 MCDOT traffic study on Fenway Road (SB - southbound)

4.       The April 2016 MCDOT traffic study on Fenway Road (NB - northbound)

5.       
The October 2016 MCDOT traffic study on Fenway Road (SB - southbound)
 
7.       The DOT Presentation from our CSCA meeting on Oct. 17, 2016

8.       The "Traffic Safety Committee" Presentation from our CSCA meeting on Oct. 17, 2016

9.       The FHWA report on traffic calming's objectives and issues 

10.       The FHA and ITE report titled 
"Traffic Calming:  State of the Practice"

Note:  The DOT presentation from October 17th listed above was presented by Emil Wolanin, the Deputy Directory of the DOT and Kyle Liang of the DOT.  

The Traffic Safety Committee (Julie Weber, Karen Roman, Bill Moore, and Bill Draper)
  

 
 
You can pay Annual Dues online with Paypal!
 
2018 Annual Dues for the Citizens Association: $51.80/family via Paypal: 
 
Pay my Citizen Association dues to cscatreas @ gmail .com by clicking on Paypal's  Buy Now button below
You can also pay for  Annual Dues ($50/family) by making your check payable to Carderock Springs Citizens Association and mailing it to Box 237, Cabin John MD 20818.

 2018 HOUSE and GARDEN TOUR  date to be announced.
See the creative ways your neighbors have modified their homes and the benefits of the Architectural Review Committee. 

 
Stormwater presentation by U of Maryland's Amanda Rockler.  Carderock-specific information starts on page 30 of this useful 87 page pdf file from her November 2014 discussion of our watershed.  Practical solutions include rain gardens, rain barrels, etc.
 

             

Carderock Neighbors have Campouts nearby in MD and VA! 
Carderock has Campouts usually twice a year!  Families in Carderock join together for an overnight Campout in a local beautiful wooded campsite either along the Potomac River just two miles from our neighborhood or other nearby gem. Campfire, tenting, fishing, and a hike awaits you. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows with old and new friends.
New to the neighborhood? Come and get to know your neighbors! Would you like to learn something about camping? Experienced and new campers are welcome. Soccer games that day? Late afternoon arrival is fine. Campouts are free to Carderock Springs residents and are sponsored by the Carderock Springs Citizens Association. Many thanks to Carderock resident Eric Nothman for organizing periodic campouts!  Questions?  Contact ericnothman@gmail.com
 
  

We are a vibrant community where residents actually know each other, which can be unusual in transient DC.  Social events are held periodically at the Clubhouse of the swim & tennis club.  View photos from the Feb 2013 Community Potluck to Welcome Newcomers, where children made valentines while adult newcomers enjoyed meeting residents and other newcomers.  Many thanks to all, including Welcome Chairperson Mary Lou Shannon, CSCA Event Planners Joe and Olga Tobin, CSCA President Phil Rider, photographer Amy Moore, and resident Francesco Marra who ensured we had wine from his Rockville restaurant Oro Pomodoro!

In Fall 2012, Carderock enjoyed its 50th Anniversary with a celebration at the Club which included a video and slide show of the early Carderock days of 1962, a live Skype session with developer Edmund Bennett to thank him, live music with Carderock's local band HusBand, plus tasty food.  Bennett's son Bruce reviewed his father's vision:  homes that are of instead of on the land, streets and lots which flow with the topography instead of forced into a checkerboard pattern, buried utility lines instead of unsightly poles, plus Situated Modernism homes with simple lines and plenty of natural light.  Citizen Association President Phil Rider spoke in a heartfelt way what we all feel:  when arriving home to Carderock, we enter not only a peaceful wooded sanctuary but also a community that accepts and thrives upon our diversity. 

One of the many messages from the community summed up the 50th Anniversary celebration:
         

          "That was a wonderful party last night with great spirit.  I was still smiling when we walked home.  The Skype, new pavilion, people, food, music, and details like our name and address tags, all made it special.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and made it look classy, seamless, and easy."

      
Architects Keyes Condon & Lethbridge;   Clubview model;   Developer Edmund Bennett in the Mad Men era, early 1960s 
 

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