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Letter: As we invest in new Howard County courthouse, lets invest in mobility too

If Howard County can afford $139 million for a 238,000-square-foot courthouse and an adjacent 682-space parking garage on Bendix Road, then the county can also dedicate a fraction of that to showcase complete streets in that same neighborhood.

Adding a crosswalk on Route 108 at the Red Branch Road light connecting Glenmont and Thunder Hill neighborhoods would save a mile of walking to north side businesses.

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It is time to honor and accelerate implementation of the Howard County approved bicycle master plan, Bike Howard. That plan recommends placing a bike lane on Bendix and Edgar roads near the proposed new courthouse, a two-way bike lane on the north side of Route 108 and a multi-use path on the south side of Route 108. It also calls for colored bike lanes on Route 108 between Bendix Road and Columbia Road and a bike lane on Red Branch Road.

Renowned urban planner, Jeff Speck, cites many instances where homes near bike lanes and/or in walkable neighborhoods increases their value.

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Now is a unique time to invest in our neighborhood’s biking and walking infrastructure for a healthier, wealthier and connected community.

Warren Wortman

Oakland Mills

What do you think?

Send letters to the Howard County Times and Columbia Flier at hcletters@tronc.com. Please include a daytime contact number.

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