Anne Arundel County would create 215 miles of bicycle lanes and make pedestrian safety upgrades at 160 intersections over 15 years under a plan to be considered by the County Council next month.
The county's first pedestrian and bicycle master plan was scheduled to be introduced at last night's County Council meeting, but it was postponed because of the snowstorm.
There will not be money available for at least another year to begin the projects outlined in the plan, county planning officials cautioned.
"I just don't want to see one more plan that we pass and then have no means to implement it," County Council Chairwoman Cathleen M. Vitale said.
But county planners said they recently started on work that won't require money. They are reviewing road construction standards to ensure that future stretches will include sidewalks and shoulders that can be used by bicyclists and pedestrians.
The plan, which cost $98,000, was launched at a public hearing in November 2000.
It lauds the county's current system of trails, including the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail and the BWI trail, but states that they are hard to access because of inadequate sidewalks and bike paths leading to them.
According to the report, four pedestrians are injured or killed by cars each week in Anne Arundel County.
The plan seeks to create the hook that links the hiker/biker trails, other pathways and residential areas.
"We could build parking garages at the entrances to our trails," said Jennifer Toole, the president of Laurel-based Toole Design Group, which was hired to produce the plan, "but I don't think that's what we're after."
At a County Council workshop last week, a consultant presented a slide show of pedestrian and biker trouble spots throughout the county: intersections as wide as 120 feet with no medians on which walkers can stop, sidewalks that end in the middle of a block and walking paths that look more like "goat paths."
It identified 19 areas as the highest priorities for bicycle accommodations, from Brooklyn Park to Crofton.
"We want to start with projects that don't cost a fortune to implement," Toole said.
To accommodate more bicycles, the report suggests widening outside road lanes from 12 feet to 14 feet, paving road shoulders, creating bike lanes that are at least 4 feet wide and constructing multiple-use trails. It has not been determined what specific improvements would be needed at each site, Toole said.
The report also identifies 12 sites for pedestrian improvements, from Glen Burnie to Edgewater. Improvements could range from sidewalks to intersection improvements to traffic-calming measures, including speed bumps, narrowed traffic lanes and traffic circles. Specifics have not been determined.
The plan identifies several potential sources of grant money, and Toole said implementation of the plan would likely help the county receive additional state funding.
Walkers and cyclists
Anne Arundel County's first proposed Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan identifies several areas for urgent fixes.
Annapolis and surrounding area
Northern Loop, from Defense Highway along Housley Road to Generals Highway, then along Bestgate Road and Ridgely Avenue to Taylor Avenue.
Riva Road, from Aris T. Allen Boulevard to West Street
King George Street, from Taylor Avenue to College Avenue
Forest Drive/Chinquapin Round Road/Bay Ridge Road/Arundel on the Bay Road from Solomons Island Road and West Street to Arundel on the Bay Road
Riva Road, from West Street to Annapolis High School
From Solomons Island Road along West Street and Generals Highway to Bestgate Road; and from West Street along Defense Highway to Housley Road
Pasadena/Cape St. Claire/Lake Shore/Riviera Beach
College Parkway, from St. Margarets Road to Sandy Point State Park
Mountain Road, from Hogneck Road to Old Annapolis Boulevard
Hogneck Road, from Fort Smallwood Road to Mountain Road
Edwin Raynor Boulevard, from Fort Smallwood Road to Magothy Bridge Road
Fort Smallwood Road, from Marley Neck Road to Fort Smallwood Park
Shadyside Road, from Shadyside Park to Deep Cove Road
Crain Highway, from Millersville Road to Defense Highway
Davidsonville Road, from Crain Highway to Defense Highway
Riedel Road, from Davidsonville Road to Crain Highway
Laurel/Fort Meade Road, from the Prince George's County line to Route 32 and Rockenbach Road
Ridge Road to Route 100
Belle Grove Road, from Ritchie Highway to the B&A; Trail
Ritchie Highway, from Belle Grove Road to Furnace Branch Road FOR PEDESTRIANS
Solomons Island Road, between Central Avenue and Mayo Road
College Parkway and Ritchie Highway to the B&A; Trail
Intersection of McKinsey Road and Ritchie Highway
Crain Highway between Davidsonville Road and Defense Highway
Annapolis Road to MARC and proposed town center
Intersection of Fort Smallwood Road and Bar Harbor Road
Intersection of Dorsey Road and Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard
Intersection of Hammonds Ferry Road and Nursery Road
Intersection of Dorsey Road and Aviation Boulevard
Intersections of Laurel/Fort Meade, Corridor Marketplace and Russett Green East roads
West Street, between Solomon Islands Road and Riva Road
Several intersections and stretches along Generals Highway, Defense Highway, West Street and Bestgate Road