Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: Maryland Department of Transportation to Develop State’s First Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

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By Kandese Holford, Regional and Intermodal Planning Division Assistant Chief and Statewide Bike/Ped Coordinator, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Fig 1 – Screenshot showing draft PSAP report cover. Source: MDOT SHA website.

In spring 2021, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) initiated the state’s first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) to address the needs of the most vulnerable roadway users, namely pedestrians and bicyclists.  

The PSAP outlines how MDOT SHA will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety by identifying challenges, setting goals and objectives, establishing priorities, and determining where to focus roadway safety improvements. Guided by principles established in Maryland’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and MDOT SHA’s Context Guide, it identifies areas of need, prioritizes corridors, and recommends safety countermeasures by employing a systematic approach to project planning and design.  

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New! MDOT and Planning Announce a Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV) Toolkit for Maryland Local Jurisdictions

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by Carole Delion, P.E., Division Chief, Connected & Automated Transportation Systems Division, MDOT SHA, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Illustration, CAV Strategic Framework.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) recognize that jurisdictions are seeking guidance on preparing, planning, and implementing practices and policies for Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies, commonly referred to as autonomous or driverless vehicles.  

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SHA Climate Tool Warns of Coastal Flooding

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Will some coastal towns be underwater in 2050? What can be done to rescue roads, towns, and homes from coastal and river flooding?

The Maryland Department of Transportation State highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has a powerful application to help public planners and private citizens. The MDOT SHA Climate Change Vulnerability Viewer (CCVV) is a user-friendly tool to explore areas and assets vulnerable to the risk of sea-level rise, roadway inundation, and nuisance flooding. The sophisticated web app layers climate and asset management data geospatially to show how extreme weather associated with climate change may change the Maryland coastline. Read more… 

Spike in Freight Crashes Launches Safety Outreach Campaign

Planning in Progress 

by Tina Regester, Office of Communications, Maryland Department of Transportation, with Carole Delion, P.E., Division Chief & CAV Program Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation

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