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Date: Oct 2018

$200,000 in Funding to Leverage Grants for New Bike Trails and Bike Lanes

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced a plan to jump-start the development of new bike trails and bike lanes linking neighborhoods, parks and schools around the County. This funding initiative supports a county-wide master planning process for improving bicycle and pedestrian access and safety intended to add to the livability and sustainability of Baltimore County communities.

“People want to live in communities where they have easy access to bike trails and bike lanes so they can safely pedal to work and school and can enjoy a weekend bike ride with family and friends,” Mohler said. “Our BaltCoBike 2030 initiative is a planning and grant-making process that will prioritize funding for recreational off-road bike trails and bike lanes that will be strategically located to help provide more transportation options for residents in the County and surrounding jurisdictions.”

The initiative will allocate $200,000 in County funding that would supply matching funds as required by state, federal and private grant programs including, but not limited to, the Maryland Bikeways Program; the federal Recreational Trails Program; and the Transportation Alternatives Program. The program could leverage as much as $1 million in funding for County projects. The initial funds will be identified in the existing budget in the Department of Public Works. Beginning in FY20, we are hopeful that there will be a line item in the County’s budget to support this program. “I am pleased that for the first time we will actually identify funding to expand biking opportunities in Baltimore County,” said Mohler.

 “Creating environments that support biking and walkability is increasingly important to maintaining the County’s attractiveness and quality of life for our residents,” said Planning Director Andrea Van Arsdale. “Promoting walking and bicycling also helps to address the national obesity problem, supports environmental sustainability and helps to strengthen people’s sense of connection to their neighbors and communities.”

“Dedicated public funding is key to delivering bike and pedestrian projects that our residents can enjoy,” said Public Works Director Steve Walsh.

“This is a very positive initiative because I know that community leaders around the County are interested in having more bike trails and bike lanes as desirable amenities that offer great opportunities to ride for fun and for getting around,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

“This is a very generous and proactive step by the County that will be put to good use in providing safe accommodations for people to walk and bike, providing   multiple benefits including recreation, fitness and easing traffic congestion,” said Sheldon Epstein, the Chair of the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. “We are seeing national trends where walking and riding a bike are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to driving for short trips.”


Department of Health Advises Others Who May Have had Contact to Seek Medical Attention

The Baltimore County Department of Health has identified the Good Samaritan who recently delivered a rabid cat to a local animal hospital. A lick, scratch or bite from a rabid animal can result in death. Others who may have been exposed to the animal between October 11 and October 25 are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

The Baltimore County Department of Health reminds citizens of the potential dangers of feeding or handling wildlife and provides the following rabies prevention tips:

  • Consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if the home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
  • Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
  • Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight.
  • Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
  • Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date and do not allow them to freely roam your neighborhood.

If you have questions or need additional information, call 410-887-5963 during regular business hours, or 410-832-7182 after 4:30 p.m. and during weekends and holidays. 

Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit the website or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).


Every Day is Take Back Day in Baltimore County

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Baltimore County Health Officer and Director of Health and Human Services, encourages residents to dispose of unused and expired medications at one of the ten designated drop-off locations throughout the County.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration has declared Saturday, October 27, 2018 as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and is encouraging the safe, convenient and responsible disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs. “Baltimore County is joining this national observance – and has established drug drop box locations throughout the county not just on October 27 but year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Dr. Branch. 

More than 70 percent of prescription drug abusers say that many of the drugs they use come directly from friends and relatives or from their medicine cabinets of friends and relatives. “I urge parents and guardians to take inventory of their medicine cabinet and secure all medications that are genuinely needed,” continued Dr. Branch. “When you don’t take the necessary precautions, your children or other family members could be one pill or teaspoon away from indulging in a prescription drug.”

The drug drop boxes are positioned at these ten police precinct locations throughout the county: 

  • Precinct 1 Wilkens - 901 Walker Avenue, 21228 
  • Precinct 2 Woodlawn - 6424 Windsor Mill Road, 21207
  • Precinct 3 Franklin - 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136 
  • Precinct 4 Pikesville - 215 Milford Mill Road, 21208
  • Precinct 6 Towson - 115 W. Susquehanna Avenue, 21204  
  • Precinct 7 Cockeysville - 111 Wight Avenue, 21030 
  • Precinct 8 Parkville - 8532 Old Harford Road, 21234
  • Precinct 9 White Marsh - 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236
  • Precinct 11 Essex - 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221 
  • Precinct 12 Dundalk – 428 Westham Way, 21224 

If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol, tobacco or drug (illegal or prescription) addiction, help is available. Call the Department of Health at 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017