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Frederick’s bike/pedestrian plan seeks to foster more walking, biking

Frederick's bike/pedestrian plan seeks to foster more walking, biking

Baughmans Lane Bike Lane Print Save The city of Frederick is developing a plan to become more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians and reduce the…

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The city of Frederick is developing a plan to become more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians and reduce the need for residents to rely on automobiles for short trips and errands.

The city’s Let’s Move Frederick plan seeks to create 120 miles of new bike lanes in the city, including shared-use paths, and 30 miles of new sidewalks, along with ways to encourage active transportation and plans for maintenance.

Transportation has traditionally been almost entirely focused around driving, said David Edmondson, a transportation planner with the city.

The result has been a transportation system in which people need an automobile to have full access to civic life, leaving out people who can’t or don’t want to own a vehicle, he said.

“It ends up being a sacrifice rather than just a choice,” he said.The city’s 2020 comprehensive plan set a goal to create a comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan. Edmondson said the city’s staff spent about two years looking at other plans and talking with residents to find out what people would like to include.“A neighborhood knows their neighborhood better than we ever could,” he said.The city found that residents strongly supported adding more bicycle infrastructure and paths, and adding sections of sidewalks where they’re missing, he said.The plan also looks at what it takes to build a culture of walking and biking, which cities haven’t always done well, he said.A draft of the plan is being reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission, which will […]

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