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 a world-class complete streets law
We need a world-class complete streets law that would require developers and the county to design safe and connected roads for everybody, not just cars. It’s good for health, the environment and the economy.
The county has only offered weak proposals. Urge County Executive Calvin Ball and the County Council to pass the kind of complete streets law we deserve.Take Action
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“Sidewalks To Nowhere: Group Wants Howard County To Take Action On ‘Complete Streets’ Effort” Reported by Mike Schuh, WJZ, Nov. 11, 2019
Our Streets for All coalition has been ramping up the pressure to encourage Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby to introduce complete streets legislation in the Howard County Council before the end of this year. Last week, Pastor Tyrone Jones of the First Baptist Church of Guilford, community member and mother of three Annalisse Daly and the Horizon Foundation gathered for an interview with WJZ to show the need for safer streets and sidewalks. Thank you Pastor Jones and Annalisse for sharing your experiences to showcase why Howard County needs a complete streets law.
Watch the WJZ story.
Is there a place in your neighborhood you wish had a sidewalk or bike lane? We want to see it!
This Wednesday, November 20, the Horizon Foundation will be hosting an …
Written by Nikki Highsmith Vernick and David Conway
Read the op-ed at the Baltimore Sun’s website.
Advocates push for improvements in future legislation
Last night, the Howard County Council approved a resolution introduced by County Executive Calvin Ball to establish a complete streets policy in the county. Complete streets is a term describing roads that allow safe and accessible travel for everyone who uses them, whether you’re walking, biking, riding a bus or using a wheelchair. The Streets for All coalition, which comprises 17 groups and is led by AARP Maryland, the American Heart Association, Bicycling Advocates of Howard County and the Horizon Foundation, issued the following statement in response.
“The passage of this complete streets resolution is a great first step. Now the County Council needs to finish the job.
National experts assert that passing a law is the best way to achieve long-lasting permanent changes to street design. A law would build upon the resolution to create strong, binding commitments to build the streets …