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Study to Examine Bicycle Needs in Eastern Panhandle Region

Bicycles, Bikes

A regional committee plans to study bicycle needs and priorities in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Maryland.

The Journal reports that the Regional Bike Plan Study is part of the Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Long-Range Transportation Plan.

The $130,000 study will examine the region’s existing bicycle paths and lanes, and how to form a connected network. It also will look at what infrastructure should be developed.

Consulting firm Michael Baker International will conduct the study.

A Bike Study Guiding Committee will serve as an advisory group. The committee includes representatives of transportation agencies, local government agencies, the private sector and advocacy groups. The committee will hold its first meeting this week.