County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Public Meetings to Discuss Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update
Annapolis, Maryland (July 13, 2012) – County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that the Office of Planning and Zoning’s Transportation Division will hold three public meetings to discuss the progress in updating the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. They are also seeking input from citizens on the updates.
“We need to support walking and bicycling as practical modes of transportation,” stated Mr. Leopold. “It is important that we plan now for how our transportation needs and options will change in the future. We are seeking input from citizens regarding their experiences walking or biking in the County and also to suggest ways to correct gaps in the network.”
For the past several months, consultants have collected data and inspected locations throughout the County to identify way to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities. They will present their findings at three public meetings that will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:
-Tuesday, July 24 - Southern District Police Station, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
Each meeting will consist of a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period. This is one of the first steps in a year long planning process to identify missing infrastructure segments and to prioritize future development as part of a County network. A follow-up public meeting will be scheduled in four to six months.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is a component of a larger ongoing project to prepare the County’s Transportation Functional Master Plan as recommended in the adopted General Development Plan. In addition to enhanced pedestrian and bicycle travel, the broader planning initiative will incorporate analysis of opportunities to improve travel in the County’s major highway corridors (e.g. through transit, managed lanes, etc.); identify potential regulatory changes that may facilitate efficient use of rights of way for all travel modes; and evaluate strategies to relieve congestion at existing traffic bottlenecks. The overarching study is anticipated to be completed in about two years.