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MCDOT to Host Walktober “Walking Wednesdays” this Month to Promote Pedestrian Safety, Access and Health

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 6, 2020



The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has partnered with State and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to celebrate “Walktober,” a month-long series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the State’s official exercise: walking. “Walktober” features celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day, as well as a series of webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking as a commuting option.

Walk Maryland Day on Oct. 7 will encourage Marylanders to spend part of that day taking a walk. Walk leaders across the State will help lead registered walks following COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and face-covering requirements. Participants also can register for walks at locations of their choice, alone or with other registered partners. Marylanders can become Walk Maryland Day “Sole Mates” by registering to join one of the official walks at mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/Bike_Walk/Walk_Maryland_Day.html.

As part of the statewide focus on walking, walkable communities and pedestrian safety, MCDOT and team partners from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and the Montgomery County Public Schools will host "Walking Wednesdays" at four meal site locations throughout the County. The partners will be joined by mascots Zeal, the safety zebra and Sparky to greet the students with Safety Bags filled with giveaways and pedestrian safety materials. Mask and social distance guidelines will be observed at all events.

Walking Wednesdays will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:

Walking Wednesdays are part of the County’s Vision Zero program to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes.

Residents can also sign up for the 90-minute walkinars, which feature local, State and national speakers. Sandra Brecher, MCDOT’s chief of Commuter Services, will participate on the Oct. 29 panel focusing on actions being taken across Maryland to integrate walking into residents’ daily commutes.

MDOT is hosting a website with information about Walktober and Walk Maryland Day, as well as registration for the webinar series. The site is mdot.maryland.gov/walktober.

The walkinars, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, are tailored to pedestrian enthusiasts, advocates, planners and residents. The series includes:

  • Oct. 15: “Pedestrian Infrastructure, Safety and Health.” Webinar will highlight MDOT’s pedestrian safety initiatives, as well as Maryland Department of
    Health (MDH) efforts to encourage people of all ages and abilities to make walking part of a wellness plan.
  • Oct. 22: “New Trends and Technologies to Support Walkability and Walking.” Talk will focus on tools and technologies that can help communities develop safe infrastructure and identify areas to target for access improvements.
  • Oct. 29: “Walking the Walk of Maryland’s Pedestrian Agenda.” Panelists will discuss actions being taken across Maryland to integrate walking into residents’ daily lives and commutes.

MCDOT is also sponsoring its annual Walk & Ride Challenge with nearly 100 employer-based teams in various locations around the County. More information on the initiative will be available at the walkinar on Thursday, Oct. 29

Share event photos by following @MoCoSRTS on Instagram. To learn more about the Safe Routes to School program, visit montgomerycountymd.gov/srts.

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For transportation updates related to COVID-19 health crisis, visit MCDOT’s transportation resource page for COVID-19.

 

Release ID: 20-190
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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