As Baltimore County (yes, County) moves toward becoming more bike & pedestrian conscious, the 5th District set the tone for the rest of the county by establishing the first district counterpart to the still-forming countywide Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee. Councilman David Marks hosted the inaugural group of eight 5th District residents who want to make their part of the county more multi-modal. This meeting and all future meetings are open to anyone interested in getting involved. The initial meeting included planners, landscape architects, triathletes, recreational cyclists, bike commuters, PhDs and a local Boy Scout.
The 5th District (now) extends from Kingsville to Towson, including the communities of Perry Hall, Carney, Parkville, Stoneleigh and Rodgers Forge.
The meeting started as Stu Sirota of TND Planning, shared what Safe Routes To School improvements are happening at Rodgers Forge Elementary. Starting by establishing pedestrian/bicyclists counts, the SRTS group determined that 65% of students walk or bike to school. Future plans include a travel survey for parents, walking school buses and other activities to encourage walking to school. I shared what improvements are being made on the bike front in the city and how we can connect those improvements to the county.
If you want to share your thoughts on bike & pedestrian improvements in the 5th District, feel free to leave your thoughts on the Community Walk map here