By Amanda Yeager, email@example.com
4:30 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
As it continues to develop and refine a master bike route plan for Howard County, the Department of Planning and Zoning has released an interactive online map that encourages the public to take a look at what’s been proposed and add comments.
The map, accessible at bikehoward.com, shows proposed improvements to the county’s biking infrastructure, including bike lanes running alongside the road, shared paths for pedestrians and bicyclists and cycle tracks, which physically separate bikers from other vehicles and pedestrians.
To view and add comments to the map, users must register for an online account.
The map is the next step in the county’s bicycle master plan process, Bike Howard. Since last year, DPZ has studied how best to meet the goals set in the plan, which seeks to link the county’s communities via safe and efficient routes for bicyclists.
Last fall, DPZ hosted a series of public workshops and published an online map and survey for community members to voice their opinion on where better biking infrastructure was needed. The latest map shows the resulting recommendations made by DPZ.
Recommendations to the current map will be considered as DPZ drafts the final bicycle master plan, which will be released in the fall. A public meeting on the final plan is scheduled for November.