The Capital: February 18, 2014
By Rema Rahman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Trumbauer wants Anne Arundel County to factor in pedestrian and bicyclist safety when planning road improvements in the wake of several high-profile bicycling accidents.
Though the Annapolis county councilman has been working on the issue for years, recent events have made road safety a priority. The County Council will consider a resolution encouraging a program to allow more pedestrian upgrades and bike lanes on county roads tonight.
Trumbauer is sponsoring the resolution asking the county to implement a Complete Streets Program. The measure will be heard at the council’s bi-monthly meeting tonight.
Last year, Thomas Heslin, a Latin teacher at Severn School, was killed after he was hit by a dump truck on July 17 in Severna Park. Patricia Cunningham, 50, an assistant cross-country and track coach at Annapolis High School, died on Aug. 22 after she was struck by a car in Davidsonville.
On Friday, a 47-year-old woman was struck by a tractor-trailer in Annapolis while walking at Generals Highway and Bestgate Road, county fire officials said.
“Those tragedies are something that reminds us that this is a real issue,” Trumbauer said.
The program would ensure future road construction or current road improvements be compatible with multiple modes of transportation options. Feasibility studies on new roads would be conducted to determine if new roads should include sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle lanes.
The program is part of a national push to make roads safer for those who choose to walk, bike or use public transportation, Trumbauer said. Several jurisdictions nationally have implemented Complete Streets programs in recent years. Annapolis created a master bike plan for the city in 2011.