For those of us that advocate for better opportunities for everyone in Howard County to bike and walk, we received good news in the form of the proposed FY 2022 capital budget, released last week by County Executive Calvin Ball. The proposed budget includes $5.375 million for projects that will make walking and biking in Howard County better, easier and safer. If adopted, this would represent record funding for active transportation projects in our community.
Thank you to the entire Streets for All Coalition and all the community members who raised their voice and worked with us to make sure that we continue to make progress in building a more walkable, bikeable and accessible Howard County. And a big thank you to County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball for ensuring that active transportation remains a priority for our community during these trying times.
Next up: the budget now heads to the Howard County Council for revision and approval. We must keep up the pressure to ensure full funding for these projects remains in the final budget.
We know the county is facing tough budget decisions this year due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the importance of investing in our public health has never been clearer. Tell the County Council to fully fund these projects to improve biking, walking and accessibility in our community!