Clara and her family live in Columbia. They want to walk to school everyday but there are no sidewalks and no crosswalks. Too many of our streets are not accessible or safe for walkers, cyclists, bus riders or people with disabilities. As a result, it is dangerous and challenging for people getting to work and walking to school and for people with disabilities traveling independently. People also are getting less physical activity.
We need complete streets in Howard County
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Although 2020 was a year of immense challenges, the Streets for All Coalition had one big highlight to celebrate: our Virtual Walk Audit in Elkridge! Walk audits are one tool the Coalition uses to engage the public and affect change. A walk audit is a process that identifies street conditions that are a hazard to active travel and recommends changes that make walking, biking and access to transit safe and more convenient for multimodal users. Though we could not gather in person, the Coalition brought together a fantastic group of advocates and concerned community members to discuss needed changes to Montgomery Road between Rowanberry Drive and the Lawyers Hill Apartments.
More than 60 residents – including 18 walk leaders who helped facilitate discussions – joined the Coalition via Zoom to virtually “walk” the route and talk about how to make it safer and easier for pedestrians, bicyclists and others trying …
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges and changes to our lives as individuals and as a community. It’s been a tough year for all of us – but thanks to your support, we have still accomplished a lot in making progress for complete streets in Howard County. Now, we must build on that progress and ensure that we achieve our shared vision of a more walkable, bikeable and accessible Howard County for all of our residents.On Dec. 9, County Executive Calvin Ball hosted the first residents’ budget hearing for the upcoming FY 2022 budget. The Streets for All Coalition testified in support of funding biking and walking infrastructure projects that will improve public health. Our recovery from the COVID crisis is inextricably linked to public health investments now in order to create a healthier future for Howard County.We’ve made progress recently, and now is not the time to slow …
Do you want a better, safer, more walkable, bikeable and accessible Howard County? Have you ever looked at an intersection or a stretch of roadway and said, “Wow, this could be better designed?” Or “When is this going to be fixed?” Join us for our virtual walk audit in the Elkridge neighborhood and help us recommend the changes that are needed to make it easier and safer for everyone to get around! How does this work? A walk audit usually involves a group of people walking a specific route together, stopping to discuss the design of the built environment and identifying improvements that would make the route safer and more comfortable for all users of the road. Leading up to the event on October 21, you may choose to visit the route in Elkridge on your own and document where we need to build or repair sidewalks, paths, intersections and other areas …