State-Wide Trail News
September - October 2013
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update –The Maryland Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) for public review and comment. The draft plan can be accessed via: www.mdot.maryland.gov/MTP. The MTP is a 20-year vision for transportation in Maryland, and outlines the State's transportation goals, policies and priorities. It is updated every five years and helps guide statewide policy and investment decisions across all modes of transportation.
The public comment period will remain open until November 1, 2013. We welcome your thoughts on the draft plan; comments can be provided via email to MDOT2035Plan@mdot.state.md.us, or by mail to the address below. We thank you for your interest in the future of Maryland's transportation system.
Please save the date to join the Maryland Department of Transportation for a public meeting to discuss the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Tuesday, November 13
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Talbot County Free Library
100 West Dover Street
An online participation option will also be available and may be accessed the day of the meeting by visiting www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan. A Draft Plan will be released for review prior to the public meeting.
Please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan for more details on the Plan Update process and interim reports.
New State Bicycle Guidelines – The State Highway Administration has recently completed its draft Bicycle Design Guidelines. DNR submitted comments on the guidelines as it relates to DNR lands. Click here for the link to the zip file.
Bikeways Grants – The Bikeways Program supports design and construction of projects that make biking a true transportation alternative by enhancing bicycle access to transit, enhancing bicycle safety, extending shared-use paths, and improving facilities and wayfinding for bike routes that connect key destinations, such as work, school and shopping. The Program supports bike improvements along both local and state roads, as well as off-road trails and pathways.
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – For 2014, the RTP has conditionally awarded over $1 million in grants to 57 projects throughout the state of Maryland, including $184,551 for motorized trail projects.
The US Congress first authorized the Recreational Trails Program in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. It was reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses.
Examples of trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
Funds requested for projects cannot exceed $40,000 for trail construction and $30,000 for non-construction.
Activities eligible for funding within this Program include:
- Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
- Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages.
- Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction equipment.
- Construction of new recreational trails (there are restrictions on new trails on Federal land).
- Acquisition of easements or property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.
- Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails.
Please note: These funds are not administered as grants, but are awarded to sponsors on a reimbursement basis; therefore, the sponsor must provide documentation of incurred expenses and proof of payment for the funds to be reimbursed.
SHA requires that the maximum Federal share for each project from Recreational Trails Program funds is 80 percent. In other words, a maximum of 80 percent of the total project costs can be reimbursed by Recreational Trail Program funds; the remaining 20 percent will be covered by sponsor matching resources/funds. Matching resources/funds, such as cash, property value, design, construction, construction inspection, in-kind services and materials should be included as part of the total project costs.
Project sponsors must complete a Recreational Trail Application for each project. The required information includes scope of work, funds requested, and matching funds to be provided. A blank application form at: http://www.marylandroads.com/oed/trails.htm
Applications will be accepted throughout the year with an annual deadline of July 1, and will be received by:
Recreational Trails Program
Office of Environmental Design
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Transportation Alternatives Program – (formerly Transportation Enhancements Program) is a reimbursable, federal-aid funding program for transportation-related, community projects designed to improve the quality of life for citizens. TA funds projects that enhance the cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental aspects of the intermodal transportation system. The program can assist in funding projects that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trails, construction of turnouts and viewing areas, inventory and control of outdoor advertising, historic preservation of transportation facilities, vegetation management in transportation rights-of-way, archeological activities relating to impacts from transportation projects and environmental mitigation. For more information, go to: http://www.roads.maryland.gov/index.aspx?pageid=1
MDOT Website – MDOT has a website for all bicycle and pedestrian programs, beyond just Cycle MD. Click here to check it out.
Critical Trail Links – DNR, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland State Highway Administration continue to explore making critical On-Road & Off Road Connections between BWI Trail & Patapsco State Park, and from the Torrey C. Brown Trail to the Baltimore City trail system.
Cycle Maryland Activities – Social Media is being utilized by our state agencies to promote on-going events. MDOT welcomes your contributions through their website.
Bike Maryland Activities – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wants to wipe out what's left of federal funding for new bike infrastructure and the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
Please ask Senator Markey and Senator Warren to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendment 1742.
Contact: Senator Elizabeth Warren:
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Contact Senator Ed Markey:
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Read more on this topic from The League of American Bicyclists.
License Plates: Have you ordered your customized Bike Maryland MVA organizational license plate yet?? The Bike Maryland automobile license plate was designed to promote Maryland's three foot law and raise awareness for bicyclists on the road. http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=554
Tour du Port: The 20th Annual Tour du Port will take place on September 29, 2013 at Baltimore's Canton Waterfront Park. Travel through charming neighborhoods, historic port areas and beautiful parks. Choose between 14, 25, 40, 50, and 63 mile routes. There is a route for everyone - all ages and experience levels welcome! After the ride enjoy a celebration with live music, exhibitors, free lunch, yoga for bicyclist workshops and so much more at the Tour du Port! All routes travel to Fort McHenry and the #1 rated Aquarium rest stop!
For More Info on Bike Maryland Activities: http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=1
Allegany County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – The focus of Allegany County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is connecting communities. The connections between the trails and towns will offer more than recreational activities, but also provide for transportation and bring economic benefits. Among the projects described in the plan is connecting the town of Mount Savage to Frostburg and the Great Allegheny Passage, while creating a small loop trail that supports the Great Allegheny Passage. The new connection would primarily make use of an abandoned rail bed to connect the two towns. Another project would rehabilitate the tunnel under Frostburg’s Main Street to restore a connection between the GAP and Frostburg, according to the plan. The proposed trail heads south from the tunnel to become the Georges Creek Rail Trail ending in Westernport. The trail will provide a “backbone” to link all the parks in Frostburg, according to the plan. Another project would connect Dan’s Mountain State Park to the Dan’s Rock Overlook Park by a hiking and biking trail. http://www.gov.allconet.org/ACT/121128_MasterPlan_Booket.pdf
Mail: Attn: Siera Wigfield
1000 Lafayette Ave
Cumberland, MD 21502
Anacostia Trail – The D.C. Department of Transportation received a $10 million TIGER Grant, combined with $3.5 million from the District and $1.5 million from Maryland, to complete four missing miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths on the Kenilworth Gardens Trail, connecting hundreds of miles of existing trail networks in Maryland and DC. This path will create new options for bicycle commuters and bring economic and health benefits to communities along the trail. The overall project includes the construction of five bridges, raised pathways, and multi-use paths. It will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, as well as the Southwest Waterfront, the Nationals baseball stadium, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and other popular destinations.
Annapolis Bicycle Master Plan – Over the past few months many of you have been involved in the development and preparation of the City of Annapolis Bicycle Master Plan, which will guide the City over the next 5-10 years in developing a comprehensive program for cycling. This program includes facilities, policies as well as education tools for both cyclists and drivers. Click here to view the plan.
Anne Arundel County Bike Studies – Anne Arundel County is undertaking bike studies along MD 170 (Odenton) and MD 648 (Severna Park - Pasadena).
For more info: Anne Arundel County Trails Information, Jonas Green Park Visitor Center, 1990 Ritchie Highway, Annapolis, MD, 21409. Office (410) 222-6141.
Baltimore City Bike Trails – Click here for Trail maps.
Baltimore City Bicycle Plan –Click here to access Baltimore City trail info.
The Department of Transportation is updating the 2006 Bicycle Master Plan. The plan update will establish infrastructure and programming goals for the next 15 years. Be part of the Bicycle Master Plan update! Take the online survey!
Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bicycle Advisory Group – BPAG is working on its Action Plan.
In Brunswick, Md., Trail Business is Booming –Rails to Trails Conservancy
Carroll County Trails Plan– Carroll County is undertaking the Freedom Trail Master Plan. The Freedom Trail will eventually connect to Patapsco Valley State Park.
Cecil County Bicycle Master Plan – During the past few months WILMAPCO met with Towns and the County to present the final document and recommendations. The 2012 Cecil County Bicycle Plan was adopted by the Cecil County Board of Commissioners, Towns, and the WILMAPCO Council. Binding the final document is delayed, awaiting an extra item in the appendices. You can download it from here: www.wilmapco.org/bikececil. Please note, this current online version has a placeholder in the appendices, and will be updated as soon as possible.
Tamika K. Graham
Wilmington Area Planning Council
Phone: 302-737-6205, Ext. 1-16
Citizen Soldiers Trail (CST) – Mr. Robert Reyes, the CST trail champion, has been meeting with various federal, state and county officials about the trail that runs from North Point State Park through Baltimore County land, making it a local government project supported by DNR. Contact: Robert Reyes email@example.com
C&O Canal Trust– The C&O Canal Trust hosts a wide range of trail activities. For more information: http://www.canaltrust.org/trust/
County Annual Program LPRP's – The 5-year recreational master plans for all Maryland counties and Baltimore City were due by July 1st. DNR has received most of the plans and is reviewing and providing comments. The public is welcome to contact the counties to review the plans and provide comments.
Garrett Trails – Margraff Plantation Trails Ready for Hiking and Biking:
(Accident, Maryland) To access the Margraff Plantation trails, take Hwy 219 to Accident. Turn onto Accident-Bittinger Road and travel past the Elementary School approximately 1/2 mile to Fratz Road on your left (the sign is small, so look closely). Follow Fratz Road roughly two miles until you see the sign "Entering Savage River State Forest". Take the first left after the sign and park in the small lot next to the field. The trailhead starts from the parking area.
Mapping and Awareness: Don Brigg, National Park Service (NPS), is offering to help pay for the production and printing of new trail maps that include the Eastern Continental Divide Loop trail vision, following the NPS cartography guidelines, and include the Potomac National Heritage Trail logo.
Meadow Mountain NRT 1150 Status: JMT estimates Phase 1 MMT will cost $287,496 and take 3 – 4 months to complete by the end of the summer of 2014.
Update on Army Corps of Engineers: Maps of the alignment distributed to board, alignment and map paid for courtesy of the National Park Service and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. http://www.nps.gov/pohe/index.htm
Fort Alice/88 Bridge Trail: The contract to construct the trail was awarded to Frank Arnold (who also built the Liberty Park Trail). Kerry Schultz is the surveyor/en
gineer on the project. http://oaklandmd.com/uploads/3/1/4/0/3140382/flyer3.pdf.
Heritage Grant: Dawn Hein, Director, Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, announced that she recently received notice that Garrett Trails was awarded $12,500 from the Heritage Area with a $12,500 match from the Garrett County Chamber to create a Countywide Trailhead at the Visitor Center.
For more info: Theresa MacLennan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Harry Nice Bridge - The 70 year old Governor Harry Nice Bridge spans the Potomac to connect Charles County MD with King George County VA via US 301. The 5 year planning phase of the Harry Nice Bridge rebuilding was just completed when the Federal Highway Administration approved the Alternate 7 proposal which includes a two way bicycle/pedestrian path.
Harford County Trails Master Plan – Harford County is in the process of completing a County Bicycle Plan.
Howard County Trails – The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks offer an extensive system (183 miles) of natural surface trails and paved pathways with the park and open space lands located in the County. Opportunities exist for hiking, biking, horseback riding, trail running and bird watching. Here is the link: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HowardCountyParks.htm
Howard County Bicycle Master Plan – Howard County is developing its first Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is the lead agency administering the planning process. To ensure a comprehensive look at bicycling, DPZ has secured the involvement of a number of other county agencies including the Office of the County Executive, the County Council and Department of Public Works. Visit the Technical Advisory Group page for a list of agencies and representatives involved.
The master plan will address bicycling for both transportation and recreation; and will look at on-road and off-road bicycling facilities. A variety of methods will be used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops, in the Fall of 2012, an online survey, and availability of an interactive online map. The master planning process is expected to last a year from June 2012 – June 2013. http://bikehoward.com/
Montgomery County Trails Master Plan – M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks is updating the Countywide Park Trails Plan. This plan serves as the guide for park trails of countywide significance, both hard and natural surface. Since last fall, they have been meeting monthly with a “Trails Working Group” (TWG), which consists of representatives from the major trail user groups, to discuss various plan objectives and policy issues. The TWG is helping to advise and guide our planning process for the amendment. Contact: Brooke Farquhar: Brooke.Farquhar@montgomeryparks.org
Parkers Creek Trails – The American Chestnut Land Trust has developed a wonderful trail network around the north and south side of the Parker Creek Watershed in Calvert County. The Parkers Creek watershed has been identified as a major green infrastructure hub by DNR, which currently owns 1,780 acres in the watershed and is actively working to acquire additional lands to be managed by ACLT.
Earth Day Hike - *Participants must register in order to receive important event details and updates.* Join the ACLT for a guided hike along our newest trail, Prince Frederick to the Bay Overlook (PF2Bay)! Hikers should plan to meet at 8:30 am at the PF2Bay trail head in Prince Frederick. The first half of the trail spans 3.5 miles and will lead hikers to the ACLT Double Oak office for a picnic lunch at 12pm. Registration required - please indicate if you are staying for lunch ($5.00 per person)! Hikers will need to arrange their own transportation from Double Oak back to the St. John Vianney trail head. Contact: Karen Edgecombe - email@example.com
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – All meetings are at 7 pm at the Greenbrier State Park Visitors Center and are open to the public. Meeting dates can be obtained through ATC's website at:http://www.patc.net/PublicView/
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) – This agency of the National Park Service established the following priority projects around the Chesapeake Bay in 2013:
- Gunpowder Valley Strategic Conservation Plan
- Urban Ecosystem Restoration – DC Metro Area
- Bear Creek Land and Water Trail
- Open Space Conservation Plan for Baltimore County Growth Area
- Walkable Bikeable Berlin
Star-Spangled Banner Trail – The comprehensive management plan and environmental assessment for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is now complete. The plan will guide development and management of the trail. http://www.nps.gov/stsp/index.htm
Lower Susquehanna Greenway Trail– The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has recently released its 2012 Progress Report. The report summarizes the work of SGP and its partners in creating places where people are connected to the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna and can live active, healthy lives.
WB&A Trail – The 2012 Bikeways Maryland Grant to Anne Arundel County will authorize SHA to design the bridge over the Patuxent River. PG County is working with DNR to extend the trail on the P.G. County side of the river to Bowie State and the MARC station. SHA is hoping to perform an alternatives analysis to determine the appropriate location for the bridge and recommend that the county conduct public outreach for the project.
9/11 National Memorial Trail – The 1,140-mile 9/11 National Memorial Trail will connect New York City’s National September 11 Memorial, the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia near Washington, DC, and the Flight 93 National Memorial to commemorate the worst terrorist attack in America, and to honor those heroes who gave their all that fateful day. The Pentagon Memorial-to-Flight 93 link will use the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage to Rockwood, but an on-road link is needed at least temporarily from Rockwood to Flight 93.
Contact: David G. Brickley
President and CEO
September 11th National
Memorial Trail Alliance
4310 Ridgewood Center Drive
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
For more DNR information, please contact:
Land Trails Planner
Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401