Frederick asks for comments on bicycle and pedestrian plans | Municipal
Frederick Planners are looking for people to share their vision for biking and walking in the city, using his full 2020 plan as a guide, with a series of meetings scheduled for August to provide insight.
The comprehensive plan, which will come into effect in October, calls for the development of a bicycle plan, called “Let’s Move Frederick,” said David Edmondson, a city planner.
As part of the comprehensive plan process, city officials found they had a variety of projects but no unified plan to develop cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, he said.
The other meetings are planned for:
- Friday August 6 at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday August 10 at 8 p.m., and
- Tuesday August 31 at 7 p.m.
Part of the feedback they seek is finding out what details they may be missing. City planners may get a feel for and a vision for the city, but “no one knows their little neighborhood better than the people who live there,” said Edmondson.
They hope to have a draft plan ready by the end of the year or early 2022.
The “Let’s Move Frederick” plan is a starting point for the development of an infrastructure network that will take years to develop, said Edmondson.
According to the transportation section of the overall plan, the small size of the city means that the bicycle could be a large part of its transportation.
“Historically, cycling has been viewed as a recreational activity and the city’s infrastructure has followed this view,” the plan says. “People cycle on developed trails through parks and along flood plains. However, these trails are often not connected to the road network, which means that it is difficult to access the whole city by bicycle. There is little infrastructure available for the bicycle to be used as a means of transportation for daily commutes.
After the city established its Advisory Committee on Bicycles and Pedestrians as part of a recommendation of the comp plan. From 2010, cycle lanes were added on 7th Street and North Market Street from 7th Street to 9th Street, and planning began to add protected cycle lanes on North Market Street from 9th Street to Md. 26 .
For pedestrian access, much of the city has adequate sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps, while some parts have impractical or missing infrastructure, according to the 2020 plan.
But it is clear that there is a desire for strong pedestrian infrastructure.
According to the 2020 plan, 69% of people who took a quiz said having a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is appealing, while 61% said the same about a sidewalk.
Alyssa Boxhill, chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said she hoped the meetings would help develop a broad vision of what is possible for the city.
People moving to areas like Frederick look for amenities like streets and neighborhoods that are suitable for bicycles and pedestrians, she said.
Her work on the committee helped her understand the number of steps required to complete projects.
“There are so many moving parts involved,” she said.
Alderman Kelly Russell, who represents the aldermen on the committee, said she believes the people of Frederick have truly embraced the bicycle as a legitimate mode of transportation in recent years.
The city has made strides in improving its facilities and keeping a close eye on the types of projects they are developing, she said.
Meetings like the ones in August are important for getting the perspective of people who see where the specific gaps are, Russell said.
Mayor Michael O’Connor said it was clear that these issues are a high transportation priority for the city’s active cycling and walking community, and these people want to see as much investment as possible.
The city will work as hard as possible to ensure its capital improvement projects address the issues that need to be addressed, the mayor said.
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