Howard County has developed its first Bicycle Master Plan. The Office of Transportation is the lead agency administering the planning process. The plan was developed with extensive input from the community, as well as many related agencies, in particular the Departments of Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Recreation and Parks. A variety of methods were used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops, an online survey, and availability of an interactive online map.

The Bicycle Master Plan provides guidance for both transportation and recreational bicycling, both on-street and off-street. Recommendations are provided in the general areas of infrastructure improvements, policy and programs.

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.

A draft version of Bike Howard is presented below. You can view the Plan 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, Office of Transportation, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Bicycle Master Plan Documents

Bike Howard Executive Summary

Bike Howard-2015

Bike Howard Appendices

Bike Howard County Executive Letter


Supporting Documents and Maps

Bike Howard Facility Recommendations Electronic Map

Bike Howard Short Term Bike Facility Type

Bike Howard Countywide Bikeway Networks



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