I have blogged on this before on the situation on Dobbin Lane and other heavily traveled roads like Little Patuxent Parkway. Biking to the Mall? Not something to be done easily. Retrofitting our roads to be more friendly to bikers and pedestrians should be the goal for Howard County in the 21st century. But to do this you have to build the goal into any road or building development. The hiring of a bike and pedestrian coordinator in the County is a good first step in this direction. The example of how this can be done is in Holland.
Below is a before and after picture of a busy street in Holland.