Nearly half of adults in the nation fail to get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. But people living in areas with safe, comfortable, healthy transportation options — like bike paths and sidewalks — are far more likely to meet those guidelines. Reimagining our roads as “complete streets” that accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers will help us more easily integrate walking and biking into our daily lives.
This is the vision of Open Streets Howard County. Our community is beginning to make progress with its first Bicycle Master Plan and bikeshare program. And more than a thousand families have joined past Open Streets events to experience how our streets can make biking and walking comfortable, safe and accessible for everyone. The county is also in the process of finalizing its new Pedestrian Master Plan.
We still have a long way to go. The Horizon Foundation and community partners are working to make Howard County a more bikeable and walkable place where everyone can safely and easily travel by bike or on foot. This approach promises not only to support good health but also our local economy and environment.