BikeHoward Express outlines approximately $8 million in improvements paid from a mixture of County funds and grants.
The innovative and cost-effective BikeHoward Express consists of specific proposals to provide nearly 48 miles of improved bicycle infrastructure and builds on the ideas expressed by community advocates during recent years. Proposed infrastructure improvements have been selected from the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan and would include new bike lanes, designated shared roadways and shared-use pathways.
Key components of BikeHoward Express include the North Laurel Connections bicycle route from Savage to North Laurel, new shared-use pathways providing bicycle access into Downtown Columbia, Columbia Gateway and along Dobbin Road, and nearly 14 miles of bike lanes. Unified wayfinding signs throughout BikeHoward Express would provide for easy navigation. Additional community input will help determine the final details of bicycle infrastructure improvements.
Howard County Bikeshare is public transportation on your schedule. It’s a network of 9 stations and 84 bikes, including the newly launched stations in Ellicott City, available 24/7 and is perfect for errands, commuting, or recreation. Riders can register for a Yearly, Monthly and Go Pass on the website (Go Pass also available on the app), or for a Single-trip at a station kiosk and start riding within minutes.
Bike Howard is Howard County’s Bicycle Master Plan. It was adopted in April 2016 and 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. 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.
Howard County is updating its 2007 Pedestrian Master Plan. The new Pedestrian Plan, WalkHoward: Moving Forward, continues efforts to improve walkability in Howard County. This Master Plan will address walking in all of its forms – whether you are trying to get somewhere or just taking a casual stroll somewhere you love.
A draft of the plan was released December 11, 2017. The public is invited to view the draft plan at walkhoward.org, and to submit comments online at walkhoward.org/provide-feedback by March 31, 2018. Those who have specific questions about the plan should contact Albert Guiney Engel of the Office of Transportation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-313-4360. In addition, the Office of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss the plan and hear from members of the public on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kittleman Room in Duncan Hall at the Howard Community College.
Columbia Association’s mobile pathway application highlights CA’s 94 miles of pathways, facilities, lakes and village center buildings that CA owns and maintains.
This mobile app allows users to use a series of map tools to help make their outdoor experience more enjoyable. There is a “Locate me” GPS feature that will allow users to locate CA facilities, view photos and highlight a route for walking, running or biking to those facilities. App users can also obtain information about Columbia Association and contact us if they notice damage to tot lots or pathways.