DPW To Start Work on Central Towson Bike 'Beltway'
The county was recently awarded a state grant to fund the project.
Cyclists will have an easier time traversing Towson as a proposed bicycle "beltway" moves closer to fruition.
The 5th District Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee—created by Councilman David Marks in June 2011—plans to meet with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works in September to determine how best to implement the "beltway," or rather, a pathway strictly for cyclists.
Extensions to the path have also been proposed but there is no funding available for these as of yet.
"We'd have to look into finding different sources of funding," said Allysha Lorber, a committee volunteer.
Lorber presented an update to the project Thursday night at the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations meeting. She said the committee is currently in the process of seeking community input regarding a proposal for the route, which is attached to this article.
"It's about encouraging biking and making it safer to do so," she said. "It'll reduce traffic congestion [and] it's better for personal health."
Creating the bike paths would cut into the existing street lanes, Lorber said. But the lane widths would still be in accordance with county regulations.
She added that biking is already permitted on county roads but the committee hopes this project would bring greater visibility to that fact.
The project was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation to cover signage and repainting costs for the path. County capital funds will provide $20,000 for the effort.
Additional funds from the Department of Public Works would go toward resurfacing the roads along the route.
Lorber said it's still unknown when the "beltway" will be fully realized.
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