The Maryland Department of Transportation Releases First Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) Analysis

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Figure 1 – Photo of bicyclists and bike lanes, courtesy of MDOT.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced the release of a statewide bicycle level of traffic stress (LTS) analysis.  A goal of the 2019 Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the LTS analysis scores how bikeable a roadway is based on the type of bicycle facility, traffic volumes, and speed. The LTS results help provide a basis for understanding how accessible Maryland’s road and trail networks are for various cycling audiences.

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Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Planning in Westminster, Carroll County: An Interview with MAGIC

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Graham Dodge, Executive Director, MAGIC 

Planning Practice Monthly has been reporting for some time on the advent of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies and the Statewide CAV Working Group’ s efforts to begin planning for new modes of transportation that will likely include driverless and/or self-driving vehicles in the not-so-distant future. (Visit our archives webpage to read additional CAV coverage.) 

It’s one thing to discuss implementing CAV technologies; however, it’s an entirely different story to craft policies and regulations for adopting them, much less to identify and construct new infrastructure to make their use viable and safe. So, what are the steps involved? How does a jurisdiction begin to understand and plan for technologies that still feel distant and futuristic, but are seemingly inevitable and just over the horizon? 

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It might be Spring, but Walktober is Just Around the Corner

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Figure 1 – Close-up photo of walking shoes hitting an urban trail, courtesy of MDOT.

The WALKTOBER 2021 campaign and Walk Maryland Day were by all accounts a great success! Events included scheduled walks organized by numerous agency and non-profit partners all around the state as well as an exciting program of webinars (dubbed Walkinars for the occasion) on a host of topics such as pedestrian safety, infrastructure, and health.

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) with webinars hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning, the WALKTOBER 2022 campaign seeks continued and new partnerships among Maryland state agencies and non-profit organizations to help celebrate the Maryland’s official exercise: walking!

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State Seeks Local Input on Drone Usage/Regulations

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Figure 1 – Photo of drone at sunset, Counduit Street website, Maryland association of Counties.

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) is seeking input from state and local government officials on the use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as drones, across the state. The MAA has developed a brief, five-minute survey to assess the current state of awareness and regulatory needs surrounding sUAS and their impact on residents and communities. A statewide workgroup comprised of state and local agencies previously studied sUAS activities and patterns in Maryland and submitted a report to the Maryland General Assembly in 2019, which is linked below.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the State of Maryland