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County Council Implements 'Complete Streets' Policy

The policy is intended to increase accessibility to roadways for bicyclists and pedestrians in Baltimore County.

Baltimore County could get more bike lanes and sidewalks—like these in Charlottesville—if the county's new "Complete Streets" resolution is carried out. (Credit: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons)
Baltimore County could get more bike lanes and sidewalks—like these in Charlottesville—if the county's new "Complete Streets" resolution is carried out. (Credit: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons)
By Brian Hooks

Roads in Baltimore County will become easier to travel by bike and foot, if the county council's latest policy goes according to plan.

On Monday, the council passed a resolution implementing a "Complete Streets" policy to make the county's roadways usable for pedestrians, bicyclists and modes of transportation other than cars.

The resolution, sponsored by councilman Tom Quirk, was recommended by the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.

"To the greatest extent possible, Baltimore County should have a transportation system that is accessible to all of its citizens," Councilman Quirk said in a press release.

Councilman David Marks, who cosponsored the resolution along with councilman Ken Oliver, said despite recent bike trail additions to county parks, the transportation system should also utilize the roadways already in place.

"We have made tremendous progress over the past three years in Baltimore County, from bike lanes in Catonsville and Towson to new trails throughout the county," Marks said.  "We have very little land for new roads and need to use existing transportation capacity as wisely as possible."

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