From the Columbia Association:
Howard County Launches Bike Share Feasibility Study
Together, Howard County’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) and Columbia Association (CA) have launched a Bike Share Feasibility Study.
Supported by a Maryland Bikeshare Program Grant, Howard County Government and Columbia Association are exploring a bike share system in Howard County. In an effort to keep the public informed on the status of the study and to gather public input on topics relevant to the implementation of a bike share system, DPZ and CA have unveiled a new website about and scheduled a public meeting to discuss the study.
“I am very excited that residents will be able to provide direct feedback to our planners as we move forward with this study,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “It is our aim to improve the transportation choices available in the County and we believe that our residents are the true experts on which areas could benefit most from bike share. We look forward to everyone’s feedback and ideas.”
Through the website, www.howardcountybikeshare.com, Howard County residents and visitors can learn more about the project, including the benefits of bike sharing. The website includes an interactive map for suggesting potential station locations, as well as the opportunity for residents to provide feedback on their own bicycling practices and opinions about bike share. The website will be live until mid-September to allow the public ample time to review and comment on the possibility of bike sharing in Howard County.
In addition, DPZ and CA will host a public meeting on Thursday, May 1 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, to formally present information on the Bike Share Feasibility Study and to gather public input on possible program goals of a bike share in Howard County, as well as potential station locations. RSVP is requested, but not required. More information on the meeting can be found at www.howardcountybikeshare.com.
The County Exec's Capital Budget includes $900,000 for implementing parts of the Bike Master Plan. Not clear yet how this revenue will be used but it is a good first start on making Howard County more bike friendly.