Howard County is developing its first Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is the lead agency administering the planning process. To ensure a comprehensive look at bicycling, DPZ has secured the involvement of a number of other county agencies including the Office of the County Executive, the County Council and Department of Public Works. Visit the Technical Advisory Group page for a list of agencies and representatives involved.

The master plan will address bicycling for both transportation and recreation; and will look at on-road and off-road bicycling facilities. A variety of methods were used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops, in the Fall of 2012, an online survey, and availability of an interactive online map. Bike Howard has launched the interactive review map to allow the public to review and comment on the draft facility improvements proposed by the master plan. To access the map please click on MAP on the top menus.

Bicycle Master Plan Goals & Objectives
  • Identify and develop countywide system of bicycle facilities to foster connectivity within and between the following: villages, communities and neighborhoods throughout the County, as well as neighboring cities and counties, parks and recreation centers, schools and educational institutions, commercial and employment centers, and regional and local transit facilities.
  • Facilitate recreational and transportation trips by bicycle in the County and improve safety for all types of bicyclists.
  • Recommend County policies that will support bicycling, including bikeway facility design.
  • Build public support for implementation of the Plan.

Recently a refined draft of the Bike Howard Plan was completed and we are providing you this DRAFT for your review. You can view the DRAFT on-line, print it or download it. You can magnify and zoom in on the detail in the maps and the Plan by using your mouse wheel with the pdf menus View/Zoom and then Dynamic Zoom.

Please send any comments to David Cookson, at dcookson@howardcountymd.gov or Howard County Government, Department of Planning and Zoning, 3430 Courthouse Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21043. We are taking comments until March 21, 2014. All necessary changes will be incorporated in a revised draft and presented to the Howard County Planning Board for its review. Your ideas and comments are appreciated.

DRAFT Howard County Bicycle Plan

Bike Howard – Networks by Phase (MAP)

Bike Howard – Short Term Network by Facility Type (MAP)



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