Eastern Shore Planners Walk the Walk!

Planning Assistance in Action 

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

Fig. 1 – Photo of walking team, the Holy Walkamolies, at 2022 Stigma Walk, with Planning staff Tracey Gordy, Stephanie Mullinix, Barbara Ewell and Keith Lackie (back row, 2nd-4th, from left to right), with friends and family.

Ahead of the month-long Walktober celebration, Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) staff from our Eastern Shore offices, Tracey Gordy, Keith Lackie, Stephanie Mullinix, and Barbara Ewell, participated in the Wicomico County Health Department’s inaugural Shatter the Stigma Walk on September 10, 2022.

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Maryland Department of Planning to Host 3rd Annual Walktober “Walkinars”

Planning in Progress

The Walktober Walkinar series, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning, will help planners, local officials, pedestrian advocates, and the public at large learn how to advocate for safe walking infrastructure.

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Celebrate Walk Maryland Day on October 5th by Registering as a Walk Leader or Sole Mate

From Our Partners

Marylanders across the state are preparing for the 2022 celebration of Walk Maryland Day on Wednesday, October 5. Please join us.

Walk Maryland Day is a celebration of our state’s official exercise and a call to action to support safe walking and walkability. You can join by registering to walk on October 5 as either a Walk Leader or Sole Mate

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Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Partners with Walktober Program for 39th Annual Conference

MPCA Corner

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

This October, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is partnering with Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) in support of Maryland’s Third Annual WALKTOBER – a month-long celebration and educational event surrounding all-things-walking-related – with tie-ins to our 39th Annual Conference.

Together, with help from local, state, and national partners, Walktober offers in-person and virtual events across Maryland will spotlight pedestrian safety, health, and infrastructure issues, as well as new programs and initiatives that encourage walking and support walkability.

The theme of MPCA’s 2022 annual conference is “Planning for Challenges on the Horizon” with sessions covering topics related to how planning commissions and boards can collaborate with planning staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders to address and prepare the challenges facing our communities, such as climate change, hazard mitigation planning, infrastructure planning, post pandemic recovery, and more.

MPCA is doing its part to address the challenges of walkability and pedestrian planning at the planning commission/board level. We are looking forward to a number of exciting sessions and activities, including:

  • A keynote presentation by Eli Glazier, Multimodal Transportation Planner Coordinator with the Montgomery County Planning Department, on the developing the county’s first Pedestrian Master Plan
  • A tour of Frederick’s City’s renowned (and very walkable) downtown along Carroll Creek
  • Participation by sponsors such as MDOT’s Commuter Choice Program at our upcoming conference on October 25-26.

Photo: Eli Glazier, Montgomery Co. Planning Dept.

Throughout Walktober, MDOT and its partners will share information and resources, including a series of free webinars, or Walkinars – hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) – that are open to all.

October 5th is Walk Maryland Day, an event-filled day designed to encourage all Marylanders to step outside and enjoy walking or some other form of physical activity. As in previous years, Marylanders can register as a Walk Leader or to join a walk as a participating Sole Mate to celebrate Walk Maryland Day.

To register or learn more about MPCA’s 39th Annual Conference, click on the links above or contact Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov. And be sure to enjoy more coverage about this year’s Walkinar topics, presenters, and Walk Maryland Day options in this edition of Planning Practice Monthly.

Walktober 2022 is Nearly Here…Just a Jog-trot Around the Corner!

From Our Partners

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

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 that walking, and improving the walkability of our neighborhoods, requires both public attention and public action.

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