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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Yesterday, the Howard County Council finalized the FY 2022 capital budget with amendments. By a vote of 4-1, the Council approved the $5.375 million proposed by County Executive Calvin Ball for bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects – a record level of funding for projects to advance complete streets in Howard County. The Streets for All Coalition released the following statement in response.
“The past year has challenged all of us immensely – but it also reminded us of the importance of public health and the infrastructure that helps keep our community healthy. We are thrilled to see $5.375 million – a record level of funding – in the county budget for new and improved sidewalks, paths, pedestrian crossings and bus stops across Howard County that will make it safer and easier for residents to get around and be physically active. The projects will also help move the needle to make …
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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 …