Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning and the Columbia Association have launched a study to determine the feasibility of a bike share system in the county.
A bike share allows people to use bicycles on a short-term basis. The program would involve establishing stations around the county, with six to 20 bicycles at each station available for public use. People could use a bike to get to their destination, then drop it off at another station or return it to the original spot.
The study is part of a county-wide effort to make Howard County more bicycle-friendly.
“I am very excited that residents will be able to provide direct feedback to our planners as we move forward with this study,” County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. “It is our aim to improve the transportation choices available in the county and we believe that our residents are the true experts on which areas could benefit most from bike share. We look forward to everyone’s feedback and ideas.”
The study is supported by a Maryland Bikeshare Program Grant, and the two organizations have set up a website, which can be found at howardcountybikeshare.com, for public outreach.
Through the website, residents can learn more about the project, including potential locations for bike share stations. There will also be places for residents to give feedback.
In addition, DPZ and CA will host a public meeting on Thursday, May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owen Brown Community Center located at 6800 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.