Howard County Bikeshare Feasibility Study

Howard County Bikeshare launched on July 6, 2017!
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Following on its commitment to becoming more bike friendly and making continued bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments, Howard County, through the Office of Transportation and the Department of Planning and Zoning, Bike Share Demandas part of a joint effort with the Columbia Association, was awarded a Maryland Bikeshare Program Grant to conduct a study of the feasibility for implementing a bike share program.

The study determined that a recreational and health-oriented bike share system could be implemented in Howard County in the near-term with a transition to more transportation focused system as as the County’s bicycle infrastructure matures and develops. This finding was based on three primary indicators of bikeshare demand.

  • There is a moderately interconnected network of trails and pathways throughout the most populated areas of the County which are mostly used for recreational purposes.
  • While the pathway system does not currently have a strong wayfinding system, it is already being improved. A bike share system would further enhance visibility and overall awareness of cycling in Howard County.
  • There are a significant number of annual visitors in some parts of the County including Downtown Columbia and a good number of lakes and parks within Howard County. These visitors would be likely to use a bike share system to enhance their experience.

The study has three primary sections, presented below.

Executive Summary: This section summarizes the major findings from the study, including a description of a pilot project.

Demand Analysis: This section details the demand for bikeshare based on existing and future conditions.

Business Plan: The business plan outlines the operational characteristics of a system.

Appendix 1 summarizes the various regional and local planning documents and their impacts on land use and transportation.

Appendix 2 details the public and stakeholder components of the plan.

Appendix 3 presents the results of the online survey.

Appendix 4 presents a table summarizing the challenges and opportunities related to bike share in Howard County.

Appendix 5 presents the individual variable maps from the demand analysis.

Appendix 6 details a pilot bikeshare project centered on a corridor from the Oakland Mills Village center to Howard Community College.

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