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MDOT BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN PLANNING


Welcome! This web page serves as a landing page for all things related to Bike & Pedestrian information that is administered in some capacity by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). We encourage you to explore the various ways in which MDOT is helping to administer and disseminate information for biking & walking throughout our State.


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Staying Active While Complying with the Maryland COVID-19 Stay at Home Order

Governor Hogan has issued a new directive to keep Marylanders safe as we confront the realities of COVID-19 together. Maryland’s Stay at Home Order—which restricts trips outside the home to only those that are essential—reflects an important escalation of previous efforts to protect your health and safety. Fortunately, however, this directive does not mean you cannot bike or walk as part of your home-based routine for responding to the virus. 

 Governor Hogan’s March 30, 2020 Executive Order on  COVID-19 specifically allows Maryland residents to “engage in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking,” as long as residents continue to comply with health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health. This includes staying home if you are experiencing symptoms of illness and maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others at all times, even on trails and sidewalks.

 Bicycling and walking are an important part of efforts to stay physically and mentally healthy. When you do venture outdoors, remember to avoid crowded and high-traffic areas, prepare for your outing ahead of time, and practice good hand hygiene along your way. The Active Transportation Team at MDOT invites you to check our COVID-19 response page for more tips on staying safe while staying active. Your local health and recreation departments are also good sources for specific information on parks and public spaces that may or may not be open for use. 

To stay informed of Maryland’s public health efforts, please refer to Governor Hogan’s ongoing COVID-19 response. We hope that you and yours keep healthy and well!

Bike to Work Day for May 2020 has been postponed

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

Maryland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Maryland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee will hold a quarterly meeting on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10 am in the Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters located at 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076. This meeting will be held online if the State of Maryland continues to operate under an Elevated Level II status.  Join the meeting online here or by phone at 415-655-0052, Access Code 673-822-689

Maryland Department of Transportation 2020  Grants Webinar

The MDOT grants webinar was held on February 25, 2020 to provide an overview of the grants available for FY2021 including Transportation Alternatives, Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Bikeways, Highway Safety and Statewide Transit Innovation. A recording of the webinar is available on MDOT’s YouTube channel here.

The webinar presentation is available here.

FY2020 MD Bikeways, TAP, and RTP Winners Announced

  • FY2020 MD Bikeways Awards List and Details
  • FY2020 Transportation Alternatives Program Awards List
  • FY2020 Recreational Trails Program Awards List

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration Highway Safety Office (MDOT MVA MHSO) teamed up with local partners to launch the Look Alive Campaign in June to raise awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety and educate drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists about safe use of roadways in the greater Baltimore region.

A new documentary and multimedia initiative that explores one of Maryland's (and America's!) most treasured biking destinations - The Great Allegheny Passage - is out now! Check it out here: Read More


Plans

2040 Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (2019)

Bike Safety Task Force Report (2017)

Maryland Trails Plan (2009)

Maryland State Highway Safety Plan (2015)


Resources

The Maryland GIS Bike Project (Infrastructure Inventory Effort - Ongoing)

Bicycle Policy and Design Guidelines (2015)

Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways

Maryland Biking Laws

Maryland Bicycle Helmet Law

The Helmet "Fit Test" (PDF)

The Maryland State Bicycle Map (2017)

How to Help Employees Enjoy Active Commutes

Why Offer Commuter Benefits for Bike and Walk


Bike & Walk Grant Programs

The Maryland Department of Transportation administers several grant and special fund programs for biking & pedestrian programs. These programs support local economies and enhance quality of life through biking and walking. In addition, the Department provides technical assistance to help local jurisdictions with feasible projects.

Visit our Bike / Walk Programs page for all information.


Committees

The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MBPAC) advises State government agencies on issues directly related to bicycling and pedestrian activity including funding, public awareness, safety and education.
More info on MBPAC

 


Archives

Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (2014)