2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
a. Foster improvements to the County’s network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in a logical, cost effective, systematic and consistent manner;
b. Provide guidance to County planners and engineers as well as to property owners and developers; and
c. Take advantage of funding opportunities as they arise via public and/or private sector participation.
This study will focus primarily on identifying strategies which facilitate and foster pedestrian and bicycle utilitarian trips, such as to work, school or shopping, as opposed to purely recreational trips. A major objective of the study is to comprehensively identify and assess deficiencies and continuity gaps within the County’s network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the County’s urbanized area - defined as located within the boundaries of planned utility service (water and sewer district). The study will then seek to identify and prioritize potential corrective actions based on a set of criteria to be determined during the course of the study.
The network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities which presently exists in Anne Arundel County evolved over many years, often in a piecemeal, ad hoc fashion. While the County has miles of well designed sidewalks, striped bike lanes and off-road trails, there are also many locations where walkers and cyclists are frustrated by inadequate, unlinked or non-existent facilities.
The study will address those situations in both a systemic and a site specific manner, evaluating individual facilities as part of a local and regional multimodal transportation network. The study will also identify unmet user needs, including latent demand due to unrealized, unsafe or inadequate connections. In this way, the study will recognize walking and bicycling as legitimate modes of travel.
The resulting Plan update will thus provide the County with an effective tool to identify and act on opportunities as they arise (including development, redevelopment, grant funding, coordination with other capital projects, etc.) and to work incrementally toward a more complete and consistent network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and amenities. At the same time, the presence of these improvements will serve as an incentive for citizens to walk and cycle as greater opportunities become available and to satisfy mobility requirements by other means than motorized vehicle use.