Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
Biking and walking are healthy alternatives to motorized vehicle travel. Not only because they promote active living, but also because they help to reduce congestion as well as vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution. And whether we do it for fitness, to get somewhere, or just for fun, we need to be safe when we bike and walk. Through the planning process, we work to make the Baltimore region a better region for biking and walking.
Concept Plan for a Patapsco Regional Greenway
On behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), the Baltimore Metropolitan Council conducted a study to develop a concept plan for the Patapsco Regional Greenway. This proposed greenway would be a shared-use path through the Patapsco Valley from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to Sykesville in Carroll County. The greenway is proposed to be a 10- to 12-foot-wide, ADA-accessible trail, though this may not be feasible in some sections of the corridor due to environmental, right-of-way, and topographical constraints. The greenway is expected to pass through or near the communities of Cherry Hill, Baltimore Highlands, Halethorpe, Elkridge, Catonsville, Ellicott City, Oella, Daniels, Woodstock, Marriottsville, and Sykesville.
The study identified and evaluated main and alternative trail locations and developed an implementation matrix that our partners can follow to advance the project. To get input from the public and stakeholder groups, the project team held two community meetings: one on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Ellicott City branch of the Howard County Library and one on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the South Carroll Community Center in Eldersburg.
The BRTB accepted the final study unanimously at their November 28, 2017 Board meeting. Next steps in this process: Our partners can use the implementation matrix to plan for the design and construction of individual projects that would help to make sections of the overall greenway a reality. This includes using the information in the plan and matrix to address environmental, right-of-way, and topographical issues as well as to identify and secure funding for design and construction. Coordination among the jurisdictions, state agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public will continue to be a key part of this process.
The BRTB serves as a forum for its planners and engineers to exchange information and coordinate work to develop plans and programs to best accommodate bikers and walkers, and to encourage biking and walking in the region. Our strategies, outlined in the master plan, include the development of a prioritized network of infrastructure improvements, policies including improvements specific to biking and walking in all infrastructure improvements, and the encouragement of programs such as Bike to Work Day.
We support planning for biking and walking across the state and at the community level. Some examples of statewide and local-level planning to make the Baltimore region a better place for biking and walking include:
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