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Join us for Maryland's first ever WALKTOBER, a month where the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other partnering agencies will promote and host events and webinars spotlighting Maryland pedestrians' safety, health, and commuting options in current walk programs and Initiatives.

The Maryland Department of Transportation, the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Department of Health, MDOT State Highway Administration, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, America Walks, and AARP are sharing a series of informational resources and free webinars for pedestrians throughout the month of October. The four webinars are tailored to interest pedestrian enthusiasts, advocates, planners, and residents. Throughout Walktober, learn how walking is an easy and accessible exercise, how to safely use pedestrian infrastructure, and how to incorporate walking in your daily routines within the provisions of social distancing and other restrictions.

These webinars provide American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) with 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits to maintain their certification. Please note, to receive AICP credit you must attend the live broadcast.

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Walkinars

Throughout the month of October, join us and our guest panelists for four free webinars (or as we like to call them “walkinars”) on a variety of walk related topics. Click below to learn more about each walkinar and to register.

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Walk Maryland Day

October 7, 2020 is officially Walk Maryland Day! To celebrate, we are encouraging our Maryland citizens to register as a walk leader or a “sole mate” (a walk participant). Click below to learn more about Walk Maryland Day and register as a walk leader or sole mate.

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The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (Center) is located within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). The Center’s Mission is: Improving Maryland's Health by Preventing and Controlling Chronic Disease. The Center seeks to encourage all Marylanders to embrace the state activity—walking. The Center works with local health departments and other community organizations to implement activities such as the Safe Routes to School program and establishing policies in worksites and early childcare centers to increase physical activity. The Center collaborates with many state partners each year to encourage Marylanders to go walking every October as a part of the annual Walk Maryland Day Initiative.

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Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) provides guidance, analysis, outreach and support to ensure that all of the state’s natural resources, built environment and public assets are preserved and protected to achieve its goals for economic, community and environmental vitality.

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The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the state’s natural resources. DNR manages the state’s public lands and waterways, including its forests, fisheries, parks, and wildlife.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. AARP Maryland works to support family caregivers, achieve affordable and reliable utilities, protect loved ones from fraud and scams, and build new tools to help working Marylanders save for retirement. From standing up with leaders to spur change in your community to taking part in free movie nights, networking events, and fun social opportunities, what we’re doing might just surprise you.

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The Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) is a division of the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration, dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing motor vehicle crashes through a network of traffic safety programs. The Office provides highway safety leadership through programs, grants management, and exemplary customer service. The key messages to all road users are drive sober, wear a seat belt, be free of distraction while walking or driving, obey speed limits, and always cross streets at crosswalks. Each crash is avoidable and every life counts.

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Garrett Trails is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a well used network of high-quality, sustainable trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal, and environmental treasures. Garrett Trails believes outstanding trails are important to the economic development of the County and promote good health and well-being for County residents.

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council is a nonprofit organization that works with the elected officials of the region to develop collaborative strategies, plans and programs that help improve our quality of life and economic vitality. By identifying mutual interests on how we travel, work and live, BMC is a resource for the region.

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MDOT SHA’s Be Street Wise pedestrian safety campaign targets all roadway users, as it is an issue that affects the entire community -- young and senior, drivers and walkers, during the day and at night. On average, more than 100 pedestrians are killed each year in Maryland, and most of the incidents are preventable. The campaign reminds everyone to follow the rules of the road and traffic laws, while providing roadway access and mobility for all users. Through grassroots outreach, public relations and marketing, MDOT SHA is reminding drivers to stay alert, obey the posted speed limit and stop for pedestrians.

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The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is responsible for approximately 2,000 miles of roadways and transportation infrastructure including 900 bridges, bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs/gutters, grassy areas and street trees within Prince George’s County. DPW&T’s activities range from managing large-scale capital projects to day-to-day maintenance. DPW&T also coordinates Vision Zero Prince George’s County, a multidisciplinary strategy to eliminate crash fatalities and serious injuries and advance the safety of all roadway users in Prince George’s County.

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University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources. UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Our Vision: A seamless transportation system for people of all ages, incomes and abilities that supports a vibrant and sustainable community.

Our Mission: To move people and connect places with the best transportation choices and services.

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Commuter Services promotes Better Ways to Work with a variety of incentives and tools to help make our roads less crowded while providing reliable transportation alternatives. The Section promotes alternatives to the single occupant vehicle – including transit, car/vanpooling, biking and bikeshare, walking and telework -- to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and help achieve the County’s climate goals. Programs and services are concentrated in the County’s five Transportation Management Districts and other activity centers. Commuting information and assistance is also provided to businesses, employees and residents throughout the County to support transportation options, working with other local, state and regional agencies to improve effectiveness of those options.

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Human life takes priority over mobility and other objectives of the road system. Human error is inevitable and the transportation system should be designed to anticipate error so the consequences are not serious or fatal injuries. Through the use of data-informed and equitable approaches, Montgomery County will systematically update the roadway network and utilize targeted education and enforcement to build a culture of safety to eliminate serious and fatal collisions from Montgomery County roadways by 2030.

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The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $18.6 billion on travel-related expenses in 2019. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.6 billion in state and local taxes essentially saving Maryland households $1,175 in annual taxes. The industry provided Marylanders with 150,000 jobs.

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Anne Arundel County and the Office of Transportation is pleased to be a partner with MDOT and Walktober! Our mission is to identify and prioritize near-term and long-range surface transportation projects of all travel modes, including highway, transit and non-motorized (bicycle and pedestrian) projects and initiatives. Walktober will help bring awareness to our mission to increase safe and convenient multimodal transportation options throughout the County.

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The Horizon Foundation is the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland. We lead community change so everyone in Howard County can live a longer, better life. We are committed to improving health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and thoughtful advocacy.

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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County is a six-time national gold medal winning team that provides quality recreation programs, facilities, and services for its residents and visitors. The Department operates and maintains more than 28,000 acres of parkland throughout Prince George’s County, including more than 160 miles of trails for walking, biking and running. The Department also provides more than 200 playgrounds, 300 athletic fields and 370 parks for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors.

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