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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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 …
What a year! Since we formed the Streets for All Coalition last summer, there has been a lot of work and progress to celebrate. From the passage of Howard County’s complete streets policy and the adoption of the WalkHoward pedestrian master plan, to outstanding participation from supporters showing up and testifying at public hearings and responding to action alerts, your work has made a difference. Though County Executive Ball included historic amounts of funding for complete streets in the budget, we had to fight to preserve as much funding as we could given the budget impacts of COVID-19. Together, we managed to restore critical funding that the County Council cut – especially funding for ADA ramps and other bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects – ending with a respectable $3.8 M budget for complete streets. All in all, we had a pretty great year. We can certainly all look at …
On Wednesday, the Howard County Council approved the FY 2021 capital budget with amendments. In total, $3.8 million in new funding was approved for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects including the publication of a complete streets design manual and improvements for ADA ramps. Additionally, $1.5 million was funded for road resurfacing, which will result in additional bike lanes. Today, our Streets for All Coalition released a statement in response.“Last week, we learned of a budget amendment introduced by Councilmembers Jung, Walsh and Yungmann that proposed to cut nearly $4.5 million in funding for projects to improve bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Though some funding was restored in the budget process, we expected a greater county investment for bike and pedestrian infrastructure for the FY 2021 budget season. This pandemic has underscored the need for safe and accessible sidewalks, bike lanes, paths and crosswalks as many of us are relying on them …