June 17, 2019

Streets for All: Launching a movement for complete streets in Howard County

The American Heart Association, Horizon Foundation and Bicycling Advocates of Howard County have teamed up to launch a new effort to advocate for safer, connected streets for everyone.

We want Streets for All in Howard County!

This campaign builds upon the success of 46 organizations and businesses and 2,000 people who advocated for increased bike funding in the county. In the FY 2020 budget proposed by County Executive Calvin Ball and passed by the County Council, $2.2 million was dedicated to bike routes – an amount that’s nearly four times higher than just a few years ago.

Still, we must do more to have changes we can see and use, both now and in the future.

Clara and her family want to walk to school everyday but there are no sidewalks and no crosswalks. Howard County needs better streets so people can walk, bike, use their wheelchair or ride the bus more safely.

We need a new, world-class complete streets law that will ensure a future with better biking and walking, requiring new neighborhoods, new businesses and rehabbed public spaces to have safe places to bike and walk.

The county has only offered weak proposals. They need to hear from you! Urge the County Executive and County Council to pass the kind of complete streets law we deserve.

And look out for canvassers in the community and knocking on doors asking for your support this weekend. You can also learn more at our website hcstreetsforall.org and sign on your support online!