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.
Bicycle Master Plan Recommended Facilities
During the winter of 2012 countywide bikeway improvements were developed and refined in conjunction with the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Department of Public Works. Additionally, a comprehensive set of draft recommendations was developed addressing policies and programs related to many aspects of County life, from parks and schools to policing, from land development to County and State roadway design.
In early September 2013 we launched an interactive online map to enable public comment on the bikeway facility improvements proposed in the draft Bike Howard Plan. This map is now closed for comment. There will be one additional opportunity for comment at the final public meeting scheduled for November 2013.