Bike and pedestrian professionals, advocates, and elected officials across the Eastern Shore, met in Easton on Friday to discuss ways to improve cycling and walking in Talbot County for residents and visitors. Organized by local residents including Bill Boicourt of Trappe, Carol Kachadoorian of Oxford, Richard Marks of Easton, and Shannon Vaughn of Bellevue, participants learned of four locations in Talbot County where changes can increase mobility and safety:
- for people cycling to Easton on Rt.33 at the Old Bloomfield Road intersection;
- for children walking and cycling to Easton Elementary on Glenwood Avenue;
- for all modes through the intersection of N. Aurora/Wrightson/N. Washington;
- for pedestrians crossing the N. Harrison Street/Goldsborough Street intersection.
Participants also discussed forming a Talbot County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Coalition, similar to those in place elsewhere in Maryland. The Coalition would work with elected officials and community members to expand and enhance the bicycling and pedestrian networks to better serve residents and support economic development through tourism.
“Talbot County is poised to build on the popularity of bicycling by residents and tourists. This group is creating momentum to move us forward to the next level,” said Cassandra Vanhooser, Director of Talbot County Economic Development & Tourism. Ron Engle an Easton Town Commissioner and Pete Lesher a Talbot County Council Member, attended and were also enthused by the presentation.
Participants will continue their work with county and town officials, with the primary goal of implementing changes in the four locations through various funding sources available from the Maryland Department of Transportation and elsewhere. The group organizers were appreciative of background information provided by Patrice Miller and Angela Rieck of Bike Talbot in their quest and efforts to extend pedestrian and bike paths in Talbot County.
The meeting was inspired by work in several other Eastern Shore communities that was highlighted at the January 2021 meeting of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, an interagency group with representation from all Maryland regions. Some of the participants from that group attended the meeting here and then joined with others for a bike ride afterwards and see the areas targeted for safety improvements.
The Avalon Foundation hosted the meeting at its Stoltz Pavilion and Dock Street Foundation provided lunch from Piazza Italian Market.