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Plan is to Better Connect Neighborhoods to Downtown Towson

More and more people are riding bicycles all around town. The Towson Spokes bicycle improvement project will help connect neighborhood cyclists to the Towson Loop bikeway, which circles the downtown Towson business district.  From the Loop, cyclists can access shops, restaurants, County government offices and the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. 

The Baltimore County Departments of Planning and Public Works are holding an open house meeting to present plans for signing and marking major streets in the Towson area with bicycle improvements. The suggested improvements range from bike route signs to pavement markings and bike lanes.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide feedback   Thursday, July 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Towson Library Meeting Room, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204.

More information about the project is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bikeproject.

The Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee identified the Towson Spokes project as a priority for implementation, since it supports the existing Towson Loop bikeway. Funding for the Towson Spokes project is provided through a grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Bikeways Program.  

For more information, contact Kathy Schlabach at 410-887-3521 or kschlabach@baltimorecountymd.gov .


photo of bicyclist in bike laneSheldon Epstein
Chairman, Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee

Now that spring has finally sprung, it's time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy the fresh air than to put on your walking shoes or dust off your bike and take a ride.

Baltimore County began the process of transforming itself into a more walkable and bike-friendly community by developing pedestrian and bicycle improvement plans. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), working with the County Department of Planning, recommended areas where sidewalks, bike lanes and other types of improvements could be made. The PBAC is composed of enthusiasts representing each council district, the county administration, and Bike Maryland, a local advocacy group.

So far, the County has received State funding through the Maryland Bikeways program to stripe bicycle lanes and install bike route signs in Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson. If more State funding becomes available this year, even more improvements can be made throughout the County.

Here’s where you can help. We are looking for projects that would be low cost, connect to major destinations, and have the support of the local community. The PBAC committee’s first public input meeting will be held April 16, 5:00 p.m., at the Jefferson Building, Room 104, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204. If you have a great idea but can't make the meeting, send in a written suggestion to the PBAC, c/o Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204, or email Kathy Schlabach at kschlabach@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Successes from Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson will help us become eligible for additional grant funds to develop plans in other parts of the County.

While you are dusting off that bicycle, keep in mind that Bike to Work Day will be coming up May 17. Details about the early morning rallies in Catonsville, Towson and White Marsh will be coming out soon.

But let us hear from you on April 16. Together we can make Baltimore County a better place to be outside, year-round. Now let’s get walking and biking for our enjoyment, health, and as a greener way to get places.


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