March 10, 2017

50 Bikeway Supporters Attended This Week’s Budget Hearing

Fifty people came out to the county’s budget hearing this week to tell County Executive Allan Kittleman: We want the Bikeway!

As you may know, the Bikeway would offer 50 miles of continuous routes and help more people in Howard County to easily bike to schools, parks, MARC stations and more. We can build this with $3 million in bond funding over three years.

This week, these community leaders showed the County Executive that funding for the Bikeway is a priority for them. The County Executive is developing his next budget right now and needs to hear from you!

Can you CALL County Executive Kittleman at (410) 313-2013 and let him know you support fully funding the Bikeway? 

If you want to learn more…

Today’s Howard County Times featured an op-ed by Horizon Foundation CEO Nikki Highsmith Vernick calling on the County Executive to fully fund the Bikeway. Now is the time, she says, to make good on the promise of a more bike-friendly future set in the county’s Bicycle Master Plan. Without this meaningful first investment, the county will quickly fall off pace.

Read the op-ed: “Bikeway is a win-win for Columbia”

THANK YOU to all 1,000 people and 17 organizations that have expressed support and shared the Bikeway vision of safer and easier bicycling in Howard County. Special thanks to those who testified in support of the Bikeway including: Chris Tsien from Bicycling Advocates of Howard County; Cole Schnorf from the Chamber of Commerce; Betsy Schultz, a P.E. teacher at Bellows Spring Elementary; George Stone from GreenStone Ventures, developer of the new Clarksville Commons; Kevin McAliley, Chair of the Wilde Lake Village Board; Nancy Fayer from the Earth Forum of Howard County; the Cropper family; and Nikki Highsmith Vernick, CEO of Horizon Foundation.