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.
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BACKGROUND: After an incredibly challenging year, it feels good to have things to be hopeful about. For those of us that advocate for better opportunities for everyone in Howard County to bike and walk, we received good news in the form of the proposed FY 2022 capital budget, released last week by County Executive Calvin Ball. The proposed budget includes $5.375 million for projects that will make walking and biking in Howard County better, easier and safer. If adopted, this would represent record funding for active transportation projects in our community. We applaud County Executive Ball for his leadership and ongoing support to create safer and accessible spaces to bike, walk and access public transportation.
These projects include new and improved sidewalks, paths, pedestrian crossings and bus stops across Howard County, along with a protected bike lane pilot project along Oakland Mills Road in Columbia that …
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 …