Sunday, September 23, 2012
Walkability is not an issue new to Howard County, and Wegmans is no exception.
Patch recently reported how Howard County Councilwoman Jen Terrasa mentioned how frustrating it can be trying to bike or walk to the new Wegmans in Columbia. Terrasa isn't the only one with an opinion on the issue, though–see what Patch readers had to say: "It is just too congested in the area around the store (and since the addition, driving on Snowden River has been a huge pain), I would be concerned for people's safety." -- Columbia Mom "The County and CA knew for a couple of years Wegmans was coming - they should know that you need access by ALL means - foot, bike, bus. But what did DPW do? Nothing!" -- Roux's Pal "Are people realistically going to walk to Wegmans, and then walk home with 10 or more bags of groceries? Furthermore, even…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Do you think Owen Brown pedestrians should have more access to Wegmans? Tell us in comments.
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Advocates for Owen Brown, the village center that is less than two miles away from the new grocery superstore in Columbia—Wegmans—say they are concerned about finding a way for residents to be able to walk to the store. And village leaders and residents said they don’t think Wegmans will threaten the Giant store located at the village center, one of three established in Columbia since the first opened at Wilde Lake Village Center in 1967. The concern about Wegmans and its impact and interaction with Columbia village centers is not new. One Howard County liquor board member tearfully said at a hearing in July that he could not vote to allow Wegmans to have a second-floor liquor store because he would not “put the failure of the village …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Howard County Police will focus on traffic safety around school zones for the first couple weeks of the school year.
Students return to school on Monday, and Howard County Police will be increasing their presence around schools for the first couple weeks of the school year, according to a department press release. Officers will target drivers speeding in school zones, enforce seat belt laws and trail school buses to make sure vehicles stop when the red lights are flashing during a drop off–-a violation that can earn drivers a $570 fine. "We hope that police presence around the schools will send a message to drivers to slow down," said Police Chief William McMahon in a statement. "Students throughout the region will be walking and driving to and from school and we want to make sure every one of them arrives safely." In addition to increased patrols around…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The latest project in the Village of River Hill is supposed to make roads more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians.
Crews this week began resurfacing Great Star Drive in the Village of River Hill to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, while "calming" traffic in the area, according to a press release from the Howard County Department of Public Works. The driving lanes will be narrowed from 17 feet to 11 feet, to make way for five-foot bike lanes on each side of Great Star Drive, from Guilford Road to Route 108, according to the department. "Adding bike lanes to Great Star Drive will create an important cycling connection from the western part of Howard County to Columbia," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman in a statement. Other parts of the project include modifying the current pedestrian islands to accommodate the bike lanes and painting new …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The "pedestrian-oriented" shopping center is the first phase of a plan for the old Gateway School property.
The former site of the Gateway School in Clarksville could be getting greener–with grass, trees and money–as Howard County's plans for a pedestrian-friendly retail complex move forward. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced the county agreed to sell the old Gateway School property to GreenStone Ventures II for $5 million, with plans to replace it with a development featuring pedestrian-oriented shops, restaurants and a farmer's market "concept." "The redevelopment of this site is important for this area of Clarksville, and that is why we have worked so hard with the community and the purchaser to find a solution," Ulman said in a statement. "We believe this project will become a dynamic and unique destination." Access to the site has…
Howard County Police are preparing for dense traffic Tuesday for the The Vans Warped Tour.
Approximately 18,000 people are expected to attend the Vans Warped Tour on Tuesday, the seventh time the event has been held at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Columbia is one of more than 40 stops on the tour, and will feature more than 80 bands on Tuesday. Since 1995, the tour has become known for introducing punk rock and alternative bands, and has started to include some hip-hop and electronic acts. As with most concerts and festivals, Howard County Police are preparing for dense traffic near Columbia Town Center for much of the day. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. "This is an all-day show and that usually helps stagger the traffic," said HCPD Captain John McKissick. "We would encourage pedestrians to only cross at …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Jennifer Toole, a professional bike and pedestrian planner, spoke to Columbia residents about the future of biking in Columbia.
Almost 80 people showed up at the Slayton House at the Wilde Lake Village Center on Wednesday to hear about a healthy, green and relatively inexpensive mode of transportation in Howard County. It wasn't hybrid or electric vehicles that they discussed, or even a new ergonomic bus. They learned about biking in Columbia. Jennifer Toole, an expert bicycle and pedestrian planner, spoke to the crowd, which included aficionados from veteran bikers to the occasional spin cyclist, on Columbia's needs as bike usage nationwide grows. "It's wonderful for us to have this kind of expertise in our community," said Jane Dembner, organizer of the Columbia Association's Community Building Speakers' Series. "[Toole] is helping us make our pathway standards…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
An expert in bicycle and pedestrian planning will be featured in the Community Building Speakers' Series Wednesday evening.
A future Columbia could be more friendly for bikers, if the next community building speaker has anything to do with it. Jennifer Toole, an expert in bicycle and pedestrian planning, will be featured in the Columbia Association's Community Building Speakers' Series, at 7:30 p.m. in the Slayton House. Toole will explain the role of bicycle commuting and pedestrian transportation in Columbia's future. "Cycling is on the rise and more and more communities are making investments to make cycling easier and safer," according to a CA press release. "Come learn about communities in the US and their successes creating greenways, safe bike lanes, and other changes that make these communities more livable, enjoyable, and more economically competitive…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Since the program began, 455 drivers have received two or more citations.
Nearly 8,600 speed camera citations have been issued this year, including three to fire vehicles, four to other county-owned vehicles and 23 to police vehicles –from Howard and other counties, according to officials. Emergency vehicles do not have to pay citations if they are issued during an emergency operation. Otherwise, according to police, they pay the $40 fine, just like civilians. Citations have also been issued to school and MTA buses, Speed Camera Program Administrator Fred Von Briesen said at Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Howard County Police Citizens Advisory Council (CAC). Von Briesen took members of the CAC closer than most people will get to the county’s two mobile speed camera units–vans equipped with cameras, computers…