Baltimore Sun Op-Ed By Mary Ann Scully, CEO of Howard Bank

The Feb. 19 issue of the Baltimore Sun featured the business case for funding and building more connected bike routes in Howard County, authored by Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully. Howard Bank is one of 30+ businesses and community institutions that support the Bikeway.

Read: Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

Howard County has long been recognized as among the “best”: best places to live, best schools, highest median family income and high job growth. Its guiding principles have always been to provide an environment of optimal health — physically, mentally, socially and environmentally.

Yet many communities in the region have similar goals, so Howard County increasingly competes for businesses, residents and workers. It’s a hard race and we are not always keeping pace. One area where we are in danger of falling behind is bike routes.

Op-ed: Bikeway is a win-win for Columbia

The Howard County Times published an op-ed on March 8, 2017, by Horizon Foundation CEO Nikki Highsmith Vernick calling on the county to fully fund and build the Bikeway.

Read: Bikeway is a win-win for Columbia

More work remains if we are to ensure a truly bike-friendly and walk-friendly environment that embodies the groundbreaking vision of this community and looks toward the future. This is why nearly 1,000 people and 14 organizations, including business, environmental and health groups, have called on county leaders to build a 50-mile core network of bike routes across Howard County called the Bikeway.