Anne Arundel County Announces New Complete Streets Program

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Council Member Chris Trumbauer recently announced a new “Complete Streets” transportation program aimed to improve safety and accessibility on county roadways for pedestrians and cyclists. This new approach would be incorporated into the county’s design manual and assess the need for sidewalks and bike lanes as projects are identified for improvements.

From the county news release:

Approved unanimously by the County Council on February 18, the resolution (6-14) Trumbauer sponsored seeks to incorporate a Complete Streets policy into the county’s design manual, which determines standards for repaving roads. The policy was designed in collaboration with the county’s Office of Planning and Zoning, and outlines a method for determining whether upgrades such as bike lanes and sidewalks should be included along roadways already slated for improvement. “We don’t want to replace a road as it is without thinking about it – there might be a good enhancement to be made,” Trumbauer said.

The Complete Streets program is one of many recommendations from a Transportation Commission appointed by County Executive Neuman in September 2013.  The Commission issued its final report in March 2014.