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Active Transportation and Trail Use During COVID-19

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Walking and bicycling outdoors can boost your spirits and renew your energy reserves—essential benefits for Marylanders as we all deal with the physical, psychological, and logistical issues related to social distancing. Amid the stresses of COVID-19, seeking the solace of trails—or just walking outside of your home—may be an important strategy to combat cabin fever, get exercise, and experience nature. But MDOT wants to make sure that you are staying safe.

Our friends at the National Recreation and Park Association have provided the safe practices snapshot below. Read on for more statewide and local information.

COVID-19 MDOT Infographic

Image source: National Recreation and Park Association

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While we encourage active transportation and the safe use of trails and parks, the state continues following Governor Hogan's Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. We will continue to keep you informed with the latest news and information. The health and safety of the public is paramount, and we encourage you to keep track of the latest factual information regarding COVID-19 at the Maryland Department of Health website.​​​​​​

NOTE: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, Bike to Work Day 2020 (originally scheduled for May 15th) has been either postponed or cancelled (depending on your county) until this coming fall. More information available from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council here

For more information about staying safe outdoors, or to learn more about State and local resources and efforts to keep Marylanders safe, please refer to the following abbreviated list:

State
Updates from Governor Hogan
Maryland Department of Health
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Bike to Work Day (postponed until fall)

Local
Montgomery County Parks
Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks
Baltimore City Recreation and Park
Prince George’s County Parks and Planning

National 
National Recreation and Parks Association
America Walks COVID Guidance
Rails to Trails Coalition COVID Guidance