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New Bike Route Planned for Catonsville

Path developed with Catonsville Rails to Trails will enable cyclists to ride from Frederick Road to UMBC campus, MARC Halethorpe Station.

Baltimore County officials unveiled a plan to develop a spur of the Short Line Trail into a bicycle route that will allow riders to travel from Frederick Road to .

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a $100,000 design grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program, part of the Governor's Cycle Maryland Initiative, to develop the trail.

The Short Line Trail is a path about two miles long that straddles the Beltway, the remaining trace of a railroad line that meandered through Catonsville and Paradise to the main line near Louden Park Cemetery, according to Catonsville Rails to Trails.

As envisioned, the bicycle route would follow Mellor Avenue from Frederick Road, down Asylum through a tunnel beneath Bloomsbury Avenue that CRTR will restore, and along Spring Grove property to Valley Road, leading to UMBC.

The route is a link in a through the area that will connect Catonsville and Arbutus, along with destinations such as the Catonsville High School, MARC Halethorpe Station, Bloomsbury Community Center, Wilkens Beltway Plaza and Charlestown Retirement Community.

Last October, to designate bicycle lanes on Edmonson Avenue. In January of this year, the to develop a bicycle route from UMBC through Arbutus to the MARC Halethorpe Station.

County officials did not provide a timetable for design and development of the Catonsville-UMBC bicycle route.

Halethorpe Improvement Association August 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Promoting bicycle and pedestrian travel in Baltimore County is a great idea, and spending money on the infrastructure to enable it is a sound investment. Unfortunately, bolstering bicycle travel has overshadowed safe pedestrian travel in the more urban portions of this plan, for instance the bike route planned from UMBC to the Halethorpe MARC station. One such place being overlooked for pedestrians is the streets leading to the soon-to-be-completed Halethorpe MARC station. This station's popularity has created more traffic in and around Halethorpe and Arbutus and with the addition of a drop off area on Potomac Ave incorporated in the new station's design even more vehicular traffic is expected along Potomac Ave. UMBC has even begun routing their buses down this road in hopes to connect staff and students to the MARC station.This street leads directly to the station and has lots of local commuter foot traffic, as well as exercise walkers, but do to the lack of complete sidewalks pedestrians are forced to share this busy road with all this new car traffic. We have been refused in our request of a 1000ft of sidewalk due to budgetary woes. Building this new MARC station without considerations of providing safe pedestrian travel in its surrounds is completely negligent on the part of MTA and County planners. A pedestrian having to share the road along this stretch was killed 20 years ago. One would think that another struck pedestrian would be embarrassing to them.

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