"Maryland weather in October is an ideal time to get outside to enjoy clear, crisp air and the beautiful autumn views on a walk. We are urging motorists to avoid distractions, follow the rules of the road and be aware of increased pedestrian and bike activities to ensure all of us get home safely."
Tim Smith, Administrator
Maryland Department of Transportation
State Highway Administration
"We are all pedestrians at some point in the day — whether it's to walk your dog, walk children to the bus stop, or exercise outdoors — and Walktober is a great time to remind all road users the importance of doing their part to share the road. Pedestrians are reminded to cross at designated crossings when possible and obey crossing signals. Drivers should slow down, pay full attention to the road and be alert for pedestrians, especially in areas where high foot traffic is expected."
Chrissy Nizer, Administrator
Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration
"Walktober reminds us of the many walkable trails and recreational opportunities there are throughout our beautiful state. We encourage residents and visitors alike to explore Maryland's second-to-none trail system, which can show what a true hiker's paradise our state is."
Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
"Walking, particularly in green spaces, can improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress. The Walktober campaign highlights these health benefits and serves as a reminder of the responsibility we all share regarding pedestrian safety on our roads and in our recreational areas."
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Walking is a simple, accessible form of exercise that can improve a person's overall health. We applaud Marylanders who already make this healthy habit part of their daily routine and encourage others to take the step to live healthier lives.”
Dennis R. Schrader, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health
"Collaborating with the Department of Transportation for Walktober is a natural partnership for the University of Maryland Extension. We have parallel goals of educating the public on health and wellness, as well as creating safe, healthy communities for all Marylanders.”
Jinhee Kim, Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader,
University of Maryland Extension
"We are pleased to be working with MDOT to promote walking so Marylanders can enjoy all that our state has to offer on foot. Walking is proven to provide economic benefits, including accessibility and cost savings, both to individuals and the public. It is also a terrific way for people of all ages and abilities to get moving and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Rob McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning