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

From Our Partners 

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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Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group: Celebrating 2021 Accomplishments; Looking Forward to 2022

Planning in Progress

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

Figure 1 – Illustration showing autonomous vehicle parking on street, CAV Strategic Framework.

Despite the extraordinary circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic, Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group led and collaborated on numerous CAV-related research, education, and planning efforts in 2021. The team produced a variety of content ranging from a myth-busting social media campaign to a webinar series with partners across the state, including the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on State Freight Plan

From Our Partners

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is updating the Maryland State Freight Plan (Plan) and is in the process of compiling freight-relevant needs and projects across Maryland. The Plan is also evaluating statewide freight strategies across seven goal areas that are aligned with the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan. MDOT is seeking input from the public and freight stakeholders on this milestone regarding your opinions on priorities or other ideas related to these findings on statewide freight needs, priorities, and strategies.

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MDOT ‘incenTrip’ Mobile App Encourages Maryland Commuters to Earn Rewards by Using Transit, Ridesharing, Biking and Walking

Users Can Save Time and Money; Help Reduce Traffic Congestion   

From Our Partners

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland is launching a program aimed at helping Maryland commuters save time and money, while also earning cash rewards when they take transit, rideshare, or use other alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles in their rush hour commute.

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Maryland Celebrates Walktober 2021 with a New Series of ‘Walkinars’  

Planning in Progress 

We introduced Walktober 2021 in our August 6 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, and we now have more to share!

Walking is an activity that’s part of daily life for many Marylanders and is recognized as a healthy transportation choice. In fact, walking is Maryland’s official state exercise.  

But with issues of pedestrian safety and access, many communities recognize walking and improving the walkability of our neighborhoods are goals that require public attention and action.  

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