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Carroll County Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan


The Carroll County Department of Planning is working on a comprehensive, county-wide bicycle-pedestrian master plan. The Plan will focus on the transportation aspects of bicycle-pedestrian movements, as well as recreational and tourism opportunities. It will also Adopt the Planning and Zoning Commission Certified 2014 Freedom Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan & Assessment by reference.


"Carroll County is a diverse community made up of suburban centers, towns, rural areas, places of recreation and heritage destinations that are well connected in a safe and efficient manner to enable recreational choices and transportation options."

Chapter Goal
Chapter 1: Introduction, Background, Plan Development
Chapter 2: Plan Vision and, Goals
Chapter 3: Existing Conditions

(Accepted April 17, 2018)

Goal 1: Identify and assess existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities and networks.
Chapter 4: Future Connections

(Accepted April 17, 2018)

Goal 2: Identify a hierarchy of key connections and destinations within Carroll County.
Chapter 5: Making Connections Beyond the Path

(Accepted January 16, 2018)

Goal 3: Support walkable and bikeable communities to achieve sustainability, livability, health and economic benefits, including tourism opportunities.
Chapter 6: Transportation Alternative

(Accepted August 29, 2018)

Goal 4: Place a greater emphasis on walking and bicycling in all planning and development processes.
Chapter 7: Design Alternatives and Safety

(Accepted July 17,2018)

Goal 5: Develop and construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities to effectively balance the needs of all transportation users to promote travel choices, ensuring that bicyclist and pedestrian needs are prioritized in appropriate locations and with safety in mind.
Chapter 8: Implementation Strategies and Funding Mechanisms

Goal 6: Leverage and utilize, to the greatest extent possible, state and federal funding for improvements to existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as construction of new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in a way that will yield the greatest impact on the County as a whole.

Goal 7: Work with local elected officials, government agencies, and the community to promote and emphasize bicycle and pedestrian safety training and outreach.


Photo Contest
  • Thank you for participating in the Photo Contest! The voting period has officially ended. Congratulations to Kristan, of Westminster, for receiving the most votes.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian photos were submitted to the Carroll County Department of Planning between Monday, May 21 and Friday, July 6 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Race Pace Bicycles. The voting period was open between Monday, July 16 and Friday, August 17..
  • Please read the Voting Contest details
Citizens Outreach Meeting Interest Survey
  • The Carroll County Department of Planning has gathered information and data towards the County’s first Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. To date we have conducted background research; collected data on collisions, existing and planned trails, paths and bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure; created maps and conducted analysis; consulted with bicycle-pedestrian experts; gathered citizen input through an outreach meeting and interest surveys; and reached out to relevant agencies and community groups.
  • Check out the Survey Results from the first interest survey! This survey gathered information about walking and biking in Carroll County. (March 2015)
  • Check out the Survey Results from the second interest survey! They survey gathered information for the first Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan Citizen Outreach Meeting. (December 2016)
    • On December 9, 2016 the Department of Planning was at Race Pace Bicycles gathering citizen input into the second interest survey

Other Bike-Ped

Other County Bike-Ped Documents The Patapsco Regional Greenway (PRG)

The Patapsco Regional Greenway (PRG) Concept Plan and Implementation Matrix identifies and prioritizes a shared-use path system along the Patapsco Valley between Sykesville and the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. This 58-mile system uses existing trails, roads and utility corridors to connect neighborhoods and destinations in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll Counties. A completed greenway system will improve opportunities for transportation, recreation and economic development for communities along the route.

Bike to Work Day (B2WD)

B2WD 2018 took place on June 1! Visit for more details.

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Questions? Email or call 410-386-5145