I have written a bunch of times about my sojourn in Baltimore County, where I led the process of creating the Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan
. See "Best practice bicycle planning for suburban settings using the "action planning" method
, "Western Baltimore County Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan
" and "State and county agenda setting for biking (walking/transit)
A result of a significant change in the county's elected leaders as a result of the Nov. 2010 election, the political leadership went from bike-indifferent to a pro-bike majority.
Creating an oversight committee was also recommended in the 2003 Eastern County Ped & Bike Access Plan, so I'd be hard pressed to say the committee was my idea, although the structure the committee took through the legislation is based on recommendations from the Western plan, along with the other provisions such as implementing a complete streets policy and changes to development review procedures.
In theory--we have to see how it's implemented--the Baltimore County pedestrian and bicycle policy ordinance is one of the strongest in the U.S.
Provision for subcommittees for each Council District was included in the draft plan, although this recommendation didn't make it to the posted draft (but I lobbied the legislators to put bit back in and they did).
It's still interesting for me to watch the developing process of taking up the recommendations from the plan I wrote, and seeing them get implemented, relatively quickly, all things considered.
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