The city of Frederick's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has ambitious goals for its second year as a full committee.
The committee presented plans for 2014 and beyond at a meeting Wednesday with the Frederick Board of Aldermen.
It will work to realize several ongoing projects promoting alternate modes of transportation in the city, including the East Street Rails With Trails project.
The trail will stretch from the Frederick MARC station and TransIT hub to Wormans Mill, following the old rail track there. Planners have completed 30 percent of the design phase of its development, according to city planner Tim Davis.
The design was funded with a $80,000 grant from the Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
"We're the only jurisdiction out of the 22 jurisdiction members at COG that has received that amount of money for that type of project," Davis said.
The committee is also offering input on a pedestrian crossing below U.S. 15, which would allow cyclists and pedestrians a safe way to cross the city from east to west.
"The design will be complete this year," Davis said.
The committee is involved with a bike-share feasibility study, which is nearly complete. The study will help determine if Frederick should participate in Capitol Bikeshare, a program that lets members rent bikes from stations.
Davis said that the study is moving forward cautiously.
"We really would like to get some numbers from Rockville," he said.
Rockville has 15 stations and is the bike-share location farthest from Washington. Data from the suburb could offer Frederick a glimpse of what to expect if it gets involved with Capitol Bikeshare.
Improving the pump track near Monocacy Village Park is on the list of goals for this year. It will likely be landscaped and expanded.
Davis said having the track would be one of many keys to help upgrade Frederick's Bicycle Friendly Community designation from bronze to silver.
"There is a real economic component to being a bike-friendly community," he said, noting that it is a selling point for tourists and can boost local business.
The Bicycle Escape, a nearby bike shop, added pump track bikes to its inventory after the track was built, Davis said.
The committee will also make policy recommendations to the Board of Aldermen. It is working to establish a complete street policy, which would help set guidelines to ensure that roads are developed to encourage multiple modes of travel.
"It's a very flexible set of guidelines. It would mostly have an impact on new development," said Eric Eckl, committee president.
As part of its activities, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is also working on establishing a speakers bureau to bring cycling safety experts to schools and community groups.
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