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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2018 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:

Traffic Safety Pedestrian Safety Bicycle Safety

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.

Why Did Performance Change?

  • Established an official pedestrian safety committee/task force within MDOT SHA which continued 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 PRSA and implemented innovative engineering solutions to improve pedestrian safety in high incident locations in Ocean City, College Park and in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties
  • Began implementing pedestrian safety action plans developed through the PRSA process, in coordination with local government and community leaders in high crash locations
  • 2016 saw 16 bicyclist fatalities, a significant increase from past trends; increases have also been noted nationally, indicating a larger trend throughout the country that is reflected at the state and local level; indicators, such as observational information, national surveys, and increases in bike lanes and trails and bike share programs, express increased exposure combined with risky behavior by roadway users presents opportunities for negative outcomes
  • MDOT TBUs are tracking data associated with bicycle crashes, such as time of year, time of day, age cohort, driver awareness and other factors, to target strategies to reduce crashes

What Are Future Performance Strategies?

  • Continue to coordinate education and enforcement efforts with engineering efforts to more effectively improve pedestrian and vehicular behaviors in high crash locations
  • Enhance the PRSA program by streamlining the process from initial audit to final implementation and developing a data management system to integrate seamlessly with the eGIS portal
  • Work with local governments to coordinate on enhanced bicycle markings, such as green pavement (green-colored pavement to enhance visibility in bicycle lanes)
  • MDOT is leading the Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways, which is studying safety issues related to bicycle operators and vehicles on highways in the state
  • Implement the strategies of MDOT’s SHSP for reducing fatalities and serious injuries; a group of statewide and local stakeholders is forming a SHSP Emphasis Area Team to meet quarterly and at an annual summit to monitor and update an action plan to reduce pedestrian/bicyclists fatalities and serious injuries