The Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is an ambitious update to the Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans developed nearly 15 years ago. This plan is designed to improve cycling and walking in the region, which will contribute to the local economy, promote active lifestyles, and increase regional tourism. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) administers several grant programs and special funds for 26% of cycling programs for pedestrians. These programs support local economies and improve quality of life when biking and walking. MDOT also provides technical assistance to help local jurisdictions with feasible projects.
Thanks to the Maryland Bicycle Lane Program of MDOT, several projects have been built to improve bicycle lanes and bicycle route signage, and several more are in the stages of detailed planning. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan sets out a 20-year vision to support the use of bicycles and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. This plan was created in response to growing concerns related to congestion and the health of motor vehicle traffic. The projects are largely funded by the Baltimore County Capital Improvement Program and are implemented by the Department of Public Works and Transportation. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is an important step towards creating a more sustainable transportation system in Baltimore County. It will provide a comprehensive framework for improving cycling infrastructure, increasing safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and promoting active lifestyles.
The plan will also help reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and create jobs in the region. The plan includes a variety of initiatives that will help make cycling and walking more accessible. These include expanding existing bike lanes, creating new bike lanes, improving signage, installing bike racks, providing bike-share programs, improving pedestrian access to public transportation, creating safe routes to schools, and increasing public awareness about cycling safety. The plan also includes strategies for improving bicycle safety. These include increasing enforcement of traffic laws, providing education on bicycle safety, installing speed bumps or other traffic calming measures, improving lighting on roads, providing bike helmets for children, and increasing public awareness about bicycle safety. The plan also includes strategies for improving pedestrian safety. These include increasing enforcement of traffic laws, providing education on pedestrian safety, installing speed bumps or other traffic calming measures, improving lighting on roads, providing pedestrian crossings at intersections, providing sidewalks along major roads, and increasing public awareness about pedestrian safety. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is an important step towards creating a more sustainable transportation system in Baltimore County.
With its implementation, Baltimore County can become a leader in promoting sustainable transportation.