Montgomery County plans to add 800 miles of bike paths to its on-road bicycle system.
The first bicycle plan for the county was adopted in 1998.
“Fast forward 20 years later, and we’ve realized that we haven’t gotten a lot of results out of that plan,” said Matthew Edmond, section chief of transportation for the Montgomery County Planning Commission. “We have about 19.5 miles of bicycle lanes within the county, out of 4,512 miles of roads.
“That’s an extremely low percentage,” Edmond points out — in fact, it’s less than half a percent.
The new master plan called “Bike Montco,” approved last week, calls for adding bike lanes in towns, near high schools, colleges, and transit stops, and to connect to park trails.
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