The total cost of the improvements is considerable. From a low cost of $10,000 for minor road marking to many improvements which cost well over a million dollars the investment costs of implementing many of these improvements is considerable. Time frames for the process to evaluate and implement improvements are generally in the 2-5 year area. A recommendation was made to have $750,000 annually included in the capital budget to implement recommendations of the Bike Master Plan. Other recommendations are to have hire a full time Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator for the County and to develop a Bike Howard Implementation Team led by a senior staffer from County Administration.
With the cost of many of the plans recommendation I would hope that the relatively inexpensive lining of bike lanes on many of Columbia's roads which are already wide enough for bike lanes would be a priority. The present lines are designed to show on street parking areas that are infrequently used. I have blogged on this change before.
I was disappointed to not see the Patuxent River Trail Extension listed in any of the proposed improvements.