Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
Staff Contact: Kathy Schlabach
The Eastern and Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans are "action plans" for constructing pedestrian and bicycle improvements in the urban area of the County. The plans were developed by technical advisory committees composed of representatives from the community and county and state government, and are based on the needs and desires expressed by the citizens through several workshops. They identify specific projects to be implemented and provide recommendations for supportive encouragement, enforcement and educational programs.
The two plans are the first two phases of a comprehensive plan for the entire County. Because of the level of detail needed to make specific recommendations, the planning effort was phased into three parts to focus on areas of manageable size, while being broad enough to develop in a bicycle network linking residential communities with employment, shopping and recreational areas.
Phase I: Eastern County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan. This phase covers the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Council Districts, inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line. The Baltimore County Council adopted the Eastern Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan on November 6, 2006 as part of the County's master plan.
Phase II: Western County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan. This phase covers the area inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line within the First, Second, Third and Fourth Council Districts. The Baltimore County Council adopted the Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan on November 19, 2012 as part of the County's master plan.
Phase III: Rural County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan. The future third phase will address pedestrian and bicycling access issues in the rural area of Baltimore County.
Why Promote Walking and Bicycling?
- Improved Livability - People walking and bicycling get to know their neighbors and strengthen the activity and liveliness within communities.
- Less Traffic Congestion - If everyone substituted just one or two automobile trips a day with walking or bicycling, traffic congestion could be significantly reduced.
- Better Health - A healthy diet combined with regular physical activity can greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Walking and bicycling are among the easiest and most enjoyable ways to exercise.
- Sustainability - Reducing the total number of automobile trips saves energy and helps to improve the environment.
Learn more about the benefits of walking and bicycling.
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Revised June 25, 2013