Music City, Maryland – If you have to find an obscure musical instrument, get a hammered dulcimer restrung or test drive a Steinway, you go to Catonsville. While some of the great record shops are no more, those with a musical knack can make a serious field trip to Frederick Road just outside the Beltway. Catonsville is now being known for its push to be more bike-friendly.
Catonsville will have an expanded Short Line Trail and a new bike route from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to the Frederick Road business district thanks to a $100,000 design grant awarded to Baltimore County from the Maryland Bikeways Program, part of the Governor Martin O’Malley’s Cycle Maryland Initiative. Catonsville Rails to Trails will be providing in-kind services to support the planning and engineering needed to extend the bike trails network.
“Catonsville’s bike trails are a wonderful way for neighbors and families to connect with each other,” said Councilman Tom Quirk. “We’re proud that Catonsville Trails to Rails has been a leader in bringing this wonderful amenity to our community.”
The UMBC spur would tap into the existing Short Line Trail, which serves as the backbone of a growing network of trails and bicycle facilities that link educational, business and recreational destinations in the greater Catonsville area. Key destinations include:
- Charlestown Retirement Community
- Western High School
- Bloomsbury Community Center
- Catonsville and Paradise Village Centers
- Maidens Choice Shopping Center
- Catonsville High School
- Lurman Woodland Theater
For more information, check out Baltimore County’s press release