The Maryland Department of Transportation also is updating its Complete Streets policy, designed to create safe, accessible and multimodal transportation facilities that accommodate users of all ages and abilities. The new policy will take a departmental approach to engage communities and use innovative design and data-driven decision making to align pedestrian, bicycle and transit access goals with the department’s vision for safety, environmental and sustainable transportation. The department is also launching a sidewalk data collaboration project. This initiative will look at how agencies across the U.S. map and monitor sidewalk infrastructure, and help Maryland evaluate the feasibility of creating a statewide sidewalk database.
For more information on Walktober or to register for events, go to mdot.maryland.gov/walktober. Follow updates on X (formerlyTwitter) @WalkCycleMD and @MDOTNews, on Facebook at facebook.com/WalkCycleMD or facebook.com/CommuterChoiceMaryland/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/commuterchoicemd/.
In addition to the Maryland Department of Transportation and its modes, Walktober 2023 partners include agencies and departments in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Harford, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, AARP Maryland, AARP National, America Walks, Strong Towns, American Discovery Trail, The City of Greenbelt, Calvert Nature Society, Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Just Walk Worcester, the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Rotary of Kent Island, University of Maryland Extension, Vision Zero Prince George’s, Walk with a Doc, Wilmington Area Planning Council, The Trust for Public Land, Garrett Trails, Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition, the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Walk Wicomico, Sustainable Maryland, Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Environment, Maryland Department of Aging, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Office of Tourism, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, WPS USA, WTS, Commuter Choice Maryland, National Kidney Foundation, the National Center for Smart Growth and Asbury Methodist Village.
What Partners are Saying About Walktober 2023
“Walking is one of the easiest ways to get physical activity in your day – and Walktober provides a good opportunity to remind all road users of the importance of doing their part to share the road. With October designated as National Pedestrian Safety Month, we ask that both motorists and pedestrians practice safe behaviors while driving and walking. Pedestrians should cross at designated crosswalks and obey walk signals. Motorists should obey the speed limit and give their full time and attention to the road, especially as we enter a time of less daylight hours.”
Chrissy Nizer, Administrator, Motor Vehicle Administration, and
Governor Wes Moore’s Highway Safety Representative
“The cool temperatures and vibrant fall colors make October an ideal time for pedestrians to be outside enjoying the natural beauty that Maryland offers. With shorter days, it is especially essential for drivers to slow down and stop for pedestrians so they can safely walk to their destinations.”
William Pines, Administrator, State Highway Administration
“During Walktober, we encourage Marylanders of all ages and abilities to get outside and enjoy Maryland’s beauty by taking a walk. Walking has many health benefits including improving your heart health and mental health.”
Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Deputy Secretary of Public Health, Maryland Department of Health
“Maryland in fall provides spectacular opportunities to take a hike – whether you're walking to school or work, exercising on a local path, or getting away from it all on the trails of our state parks, forests, and other public lands. We encourage everyone to get outside and take part in Walktober.”
Josh Kurtz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
“There’s no better way to explore Maryland’s vibrant communities than on foot, whether that’s on the sidewalk of a bustling downtown, along safe neighborhood streets, or along a scenic walking trail. This Walktober, we encourage all Marylanders to get outside and find new ways to love where they live.”
Jake Day, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
“Community health and well-being are directly attributable to the level of safe, aesthetically pleasing pedestrian connections between neighborhood assets. Properly designed and maintained pedestrian passages, as part of compact development and infrastructure systems, provide Marylanders with affordable access to exercise and amenities, while also reducing our carbon footprint. These are foundational elements of great community planning.”
Rebecca Flora, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
“Walktober is a great time to remember that we can all walk our way into a greener and healthier Maryland. It also helps us reach our climate goals. Let’s all do our part in improving our personal health and the health of the planet.”
Serena McIlwain, Secretary, Maryland Department of Environment
“There is no better time than Walktober to enjoy the scenic beauty of Maryland. Whether you're in the mountains, on the shore, or in the gentle hills of Central Maryland, our second-to-none trail system is the perfect way to enjoy the crisp fresh air, the changing leaves, and the gorgeous views.”
Kevin Anderson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
“University of Maryland Extension is committed to engaging with our communities to educate the public about the importance of maintaining mental and physical well-being, so it's a natural fit to partner with MDOT in their mission to create healthy, walkable neighborhoods that benefit all Marylanders. We're proud to continue to participate in WalkMD Day and all of Walktober.”
Jinhee Kim, Associate Dean, University of Maryland Extension