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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Walktober 2021: Never Too Early to Plan – It’ll Be Here Before We Know It!

Planning in Progress 

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

Last year marked Maryland’s first ever WALKTOBER, a full month in which the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), and other partnering agencies promoted and hosted walking events and webinars – aptly named ‘Walkinars’ – spotlighting issues of pedestrian safety, health, and bi-pedal and multi-modal commuting options throughout the state.

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MDOT’s Commuter Choice Maryland Partner Program to Recognize Maryland Employers

Planning in Progress 

by Brittany Brothers, Communications & Outreach Coordinator Maryland Department of Transportation, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program (CCMD), which helps mitigate traffic congestion and promote alternative commuting options, has been working hard to expand its services. CCMD is excited to announce the new CCMD Partner Program and is seeking employers (e.g., state and local organizations, nonprofits, and private sector companies) across Maryland who may be interested in becoming partners.              

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Updating the Maryland State Freight Plan: MDOT Seeks Public Input

Planning in Progress

Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Brittany Brothers, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Department of Transportation 

One of our partner state agencies, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), is updating an extremely important plan that, despite addressing issues affecting all of us, may not have previously drawn the attention it deserved – the Maryland State Freight Plan.  

This plan examines existing and projected freight and supply chain conditions in the state and identifies policy positions, strategies, and projects that can improve the efficiency and safety of freight movement throughout Maryland.  

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Celebrate Fall with Walktober and Walk Maryland Day!

Planning Assistance in Action

by Brittany Brothers, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Maryland Department of Transportation, Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, and Michael Bayer, AICP, Manager of Infrastructure and Development 

The days are growing shorter, the evenings crisper, and the leaves are just about to “turn,” which means October is right around the corner. Fall is the perfect season to kick start or reignite your walking routine, and what better way than with Walktober! 

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