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Increase the number of miles of BikeHoward projects (shared roads, bike lanes, and bike paths) to 95 miles by 2026

39.43 

FY21 Actual


FY20 Actual
35.95

Objective Description

This measure represents the approximate percent of miles of BikeHoward linear projects within the short-term network completed, irrespective of facility type. BikeHoward developed over 500 miles of roadway and pathway improvements throughout the county. The full set of recommendations is referred to as the Countywide Bikeway Network and represents the long-term vision for the county’s bikeway network, a bikeway network that provides a high level of connectivity for the county. To make implementation practical, these facility recommendations were prioritized and divided into networks referred to as the Short-Term Network, Mid-Term Network, and the Long-Term Network. In general, the Short-Term Network comprises primarily of lower cost improvements and includes a very small number of “non-standard” facility types. Data on new bicycle facilities will be gathered by tracking capital project and developer improvements and tabulated on a yearly basis.

Trend Analysis

Pedestrian and bicycle access and connection projects are typically built as part of larger capital projects, specific sidewalk or pathway projects, or as part of private development projects. Bike lanes are also added during road resurfacing. Factors affecting the pace of project completion are funding, workload, resurfacing schedules, community approval policies, securing rights of way, development and zoning regulations, and the strength of the development market. Some of these factors are mostly controlled by County Government and some are not. Moving forward, the County CIP currently has funding to complete approximately 1-2 structured projects per year. The County will look for additional opportunities to add projects through private sector development as it reviews development proposals and through grant applications.

Strategies

  • Implement BikeHoward Express short-term implementation plan.
  • Pursue bicycle facility implementation with each road resurfacing project.
  • Partner with other stakeholders, including Columbia Association (CA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT-SHA) to implement bicycle facilities outside of Howard County right-of-way.

Source: Office of Transportation

Target = 0

Detailed Analysis


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