Cyclists may soon have an easier time navigating downtown Frederick.
Work is scheduled to begin as early as today on the East Street Rails with Trails project and the West Frederick Bicycle Loop.
The paths are designed to make Frederick more bicycle friendly and provide more transportation options for residents and visitors.
"We look at these trails as not only recreational trails," Frederick alderwoman Kelly Russell said in a phone interview. "It takes congestion off the road and all that good stuff."
The initial phase of East Street Rails with Trails will include marking the street with bike lanes from East All Saints Street at the MARC Station to Seventh Street, where it will intersect with bike lanes there.
The West Frederick Bicycle Loop will including marking and installing signs along portions of Motter Avenue, Bentz Street, Center Street, Prospect Boulevard, Braddock Avenue, Norva Avenue, Kline Boulevard, Fairview Avenue and West 12th Street.
Drivers should expect delays during the work, although traffic will be allowed through the areas.
Both projects were funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city of Frederick approved up to $100,000 for the lane markings on East Street.
For Russell, a supporter of various cycling initiatives, the project is a move in the right direction.
"I think it's really exciting to see that Frederick is becoming a community that's embracing cycling," she said.
TransIT invites drivers to dump the pump
Do you like free things? How about a free lift?
TransIT Services of Frederick County is offering free rides this Thursday in honor of Dump the Pump, a national event aiming to get people to try alternate forms of transportation.
"It's really just our local effort to bring awareness to single-occupancy vehicles on the road," Adrienne Moretz said in a phone interview.
This is the ninth year TransIT Services is participating.
Last year, ridership increased 16 percent over the normal daily load.
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