What is the spine of the network?

The “Spine” refers to the main trails that form the hub and spokes of the network as depicted on the map. “Community Connectors” refer to the many existing and planned smaller trails and trail connections to neighborhoods, schools, libraries, parks and other destinations. Below are BikeAAA’s view of priorities.

The “spine” is the connected frame of the trails including the B&A, WB&A, part of the BWI and Annapolis Trails.

Current Spine Priorities

WB&A Patuxent River Hiker/Biker Bridge – Connects to Prince Georges County and Capital Trails Network

Broadneck Trail – Connects B&A Trail to Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel Community College and numerous schools, parks, library and communities

South Shore Trail – Connects Annapolis to Odenton and the existing WB&A Trail

BWI Loop Connections – Connect to Baltimore City and the Gwynns Falls Trail through Linthicum and Brooklyn Park

Annapolis Network – Fill gaps from USNA Bridge through Annapolis to South Shore Trail

Odenton to BWI Loop – Identify a trail and bike lane route utilizing existing or planned trails and preferably connecting Odenton MARC Station, Ft. Meade, Arundel Mills and adjoining residential communities

Community Connector Trail Priorities

Short connectors to communities, schools, parks, transit, shopping and other destinations – Existing examples: connectors to Severna Park ES, Broadneck Library

New trails and sidepaths that are not part of the spine but do or will connect to it  – Existing examples:  East/West Boulevard sidepath, Bay Dale Road sidepath, Cape St. Clair Road spur

New residential and commercial developments should build connectors where feasible