Last week, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh signed an executive order establishing a Bicycling Advisory Commission for the County.
The commission will be chaired by Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA), a nonprofit that promotes bike safety.
He called the group a stepping-stone to building an interconnected network of routes and signs that will include both trails and on-the-road bike networks. It centers on the 13-mile B&A Trail, which runs from Jonas Green State Park on the Severn River to Glen Burnie and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The county budgeted more than $400,000 to begin studying the feasibility of a bridge over Ritchie Highway at Anne Arundel Community College.
The B&A Trail is just across the highway from AACC.
There is also $3 million in the budget to invest in bike trails and road improvements that benefit cyclists.
Efforts to extend bike lanes stretch back to 2003, when then-County Executive Janet Owens released a plan to add 215 miles of bike lanes in 15 years.
The issue was addressed again in 2013 with a new set of recommendations, such as hiring a coordinator to facilitate new paths and trails. That position was never funded.