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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2016 Annual Attainment Report Highlights
 

Goal: Safety and Security     

Objectives:

  • Reduce the number of lives lost and injuries sustained on Maryland’s transportation system.
  • Provide secure transportation infrastructure, assets and operations for the safe movement of people and goods.
     

Select a Measure:

What We Measure:

Number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries on all Maryland roads.
 

Why We Measure It:

Maryland uses reductions in the actual numbers of pedestrian fatalities and injuries as desired safety outcomes. Injury and fatality data help to assess the effectiveness of the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan and to identify tendencies and trends that assist in implementing a wide variety of counter measures.

 

Performance Progress:

  • To improve safety, SHA projects are evaluated to see where the inclusion of improvements for bicyclists, such as the striping of bicycle lanes or shared use lanes, is feasible within each project’s scope
  • Established an official pedestrian safety committee/task force within SHA to develop a strategic approach to improve pedestrian safety around the state
  • Identified high crash locations across the state to focus additional engineering, enforcement and education efforts to improve pedestrian safety
  • Performed pedestrian safety audits and implemented innovative engineering design to improve pedestrian safety in high incident locations in Ocean City, College Park, and in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties
  • Began formulating pedestrian safety action plans in coordination with local government and community leaders in high crash locations that have had audits previously performed
  • Developed the comprehensive Walk Smart College Park campaign to promote pedestrian safety along US 1 in College Park

Future Strategies:

  • Utilize social media to establish an open and direct line of communication between the bicycling community and SHA
  • Conduct a pedestrian roadway safety audit on the next round of high pedestrian crash locations and work to implement the resulting recommendations from each audit
  • Seek ways to coordinate education and enforcement efforts with engineering efforts to more effectively improve pedestrian and vehicular behaviors in high crash locations