Bike paths put Columbia in right direction

January 19, 2012

I was so glad to see Yvonne Wenger's recent article on Columbia's bike paths ("Columbia seeks to right its paths," Jan. 15). The article tells about Columbia developing a network of pathways, both on-road and off-road, interconnecting the 100 miles of existing trails for people to walk, bike or run to their destinations without their automobiles.

Over 130 residents turned out last week to voice their strong support and provide feedback to Toole Design Group. Jennifer Toole, president of the Toole Group, is a nationally known traffic planner who knows how to bring folks together to make Columbia and Howard County a model of bicycle and pedestrian travel.

The Columbia Bike Action Plan will work together with the Howard County Bike Master Plan coming out this spring to begin to connect more of these lanes. I want to thank Ms. Wenger for writing a very complete well balanced article and to The Sun for keeping us well informed.

Bill Kelly, Ellicott City

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