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									Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking
Strengthening and Uniting Coalitions Across North America
U.S. Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project
State Survey

           Response from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)

                                                            CONTACT INFORMATION
                                       Your First Name      Michael
                                             Last Name      Jackson
                                                    Title   Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access
                                  Organization / Agency     Maryland Department of Transportation
                                                  Phone     410-865-1237
                                        Street Address      7201 Corporate Center Drive
                                                    City    Hanover
                                                   State    Maryland
                                                     Zip    21076

The MDOT has prepared this spreadsheet in response to the Thunderhead Alliance's (TA) national survey
  of state Departments of Transportation about their bicycle and pedestrian transportation programs and
 policies, conducted at the close of calendar year 2008. The information provided has been organized on
    multiple worksheets in this file, with a separate worksheet for each topic area. A total of twenty-four
  questions are posed in the survey, on the topics of funding, staffing, inventory of infrastructure, bicycle
          transit integration, policy, Safe Routes to School, education and events, and innovations.

  The answers provided by MDOT were prepared under the guidance of the MDOT Director of Bicycle and
  Pedestrian Access, Michael E. Jackson. Staff in the various modal administrations provided much of the
information contained in this response. A consulting firm, Toole Design Group, LLC was engaged to assist
    with research and prepare the final report. Policy staff at MDOT and the modal administrations have
 reviewed the information provided and approved its release as MDOT's formal survey response. The data
     contained in this survey response was thoroughly researched and verified, however many statistics
    provided are framed as approximates due to the limitations of accuracy afforded by the data sources
                                     available or nature of the data itself.

 Within the individual worksheets the information is color coded as follows to provide for easy review and

                TA Survey Questions and Sub questions:      Blue
                 MDOT Institutional or Program Context:     Orange
                  MDOT Answers in the form requested:       Red
                                   MDOT Explanations:       Magenta
                                              Sources:      Black
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Question                              Sub Question         Short Answer   Explanation

                                                                          While the MDOT and SHA do not have statewide
                                                                          spending targets, by policy SHA programs ~40-50% of
                                                                          the TE program annually for bicycle and pedestrian
                                                                          facilities (namely shared use paths), and budgets a
1. Does your state                                                        minimum amount of funds in the Consolidated
government/agency have an                                                 Transportation Program annually for bicycle retrofit
overall bicycle and pedestrian                                            projects ($375,000) and sidewalk retrofit projects         Toole Design Group (TDG), draft Maryland Trails
spending target?                                           No             ($527,500).                                                Strategic Implementation Plan (TSIP)
                                                                          In Maryland, there are six primary funding programs that
                                                                          are utilized annually for bicycle and pedestrian projects.
                                                                          Additionally, the National Recreational Trails Program
                                                                          funds are utilized but not listed in the CTP.
                                                                          Following is an example of funding levels from the 2008-
                                                                          2013 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP)

                                                                          TOTAL ESTIMATED FUNDS PROGRAMMED FOR
                                                                          BICYCLE AND
                                                                          PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS OVER 6 Years (2008-
                                                                          1) Retrofit sidewalk program: $3,165,000
                                                                          2) Community enhancement and safety: $134,092,000
                                                                          3) Streetscapes and minor reconstruction: $486,000
                                                                          4) Transportation enhancements program: $23,541,000
                                                                          5) Retrofit bicycle program: $2,260,000
                                                                          6) Primary and Secondary State System
                                                                          Accommodations: Shoulders, wide curb lanes,
                                                                          sidewalks, sidepaths & Woodrow Wilson Bridge
                                                                          accommodations: $64,051,801

                                      If yes what is the                  TOTAL: $227,595,801                                            2008-20013 Consolidate Transportation
                                      amount?                             Average Annual Total: $37.9 million                                    Program, Page A-39

                                                                                                                               Total Infrastructure    Non-Infrastructure
2. How much did your state spend
on Safe Routes to School
programs (infrastructure and                             Cycle C--
education) in each of the following                      January 2009-                                                                                                                 Data Source: Joe Pelaia, SRTS
fiscal years?                                       2008 Dec. 2010                                                      $2,550,900        $1,649,800       $901,100                    Coordinator, MHSO
                                                         Cycle B--
                                                         February 2008-
                                                    2007 Dec. 2009                                                      $3,725,000        $2,541,800     $1,183,200
                                                         Cycle A--April
                                                    2006 2010                                                           $3,670,200        $2,574,800     $1,095,400

                          Total Awards (initial project selections):                                                  $9,946,100
                                                                                                                                       Various years and various
                                               Turned Back Awards*:                                                  -$1,227,400             project types.

                                                                                                                                                                                       * A number of project awardees have
                                           Current Total Awards for                                                                                                                    turned their award back to the agency
                                           Completed and Ongoing                                                                                                                       because they could not comply with
                                                           Projects                                                   $8,718,700        As of December 31, 2008                        routine project requirements.

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Question                                                Sub Question          Answer

3. How many full time equivalent (TE) staff did your
state's government employ to work on bicycle and
pedestrian issues in each of the following years
(including SRTS and contractors)?                                      2008   25.30
                                                                       2007   24.30
                                                                       2006   24.30
4. How many full time equivalent (FTE) staff did your
state employ to work on Safe Routes to School
specifically, in each of the following years?                          2008     2
                                                                       2007     1
                                                                       2006     1

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      Lead Staff for Bicycling and Walking

      Name, Agency, Position or Program                                            Acronyms   Meaning
      Michael Jackson, MDOT, Director of BP Access                                 SHA        Maryland State Highway Administration
      Stephanie Yanovitz, SHA, BP Coordinator (outgoing)                           MHSO       Maryland Highway Safety Office
      Joseph Pelaia, MHSO, SRTS Coordinator                                        MDOT       Maryland Department of Transportation
      Sylvia Ramsey, MDOT, Trails                                                  MTA        Maryland Transit Administration
      Robert (Bob) Herstein, SHA, Traffic Safety                                   TDG        Toole Design Group, LLC
      John Newton, MTA, Transit Planning                                           TSIP       draft Trails Strategic Implementation Plan (to be released in 2009)
      Peter Moe, MHSO, Safety                                                      SRTS       Safe Routes to School program
      Mary Keller, SHA, TE Program                                                 CTP        Consolidated Transportation Program
      Terry Maxwell, SHA, Natl. Rec. Trails Program
      Lisa Choplin, SHA, ADA Compliance in Engineering &

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Context: The on-road statistics below are based on data that applies only to state owned and managed roadways. It does not include county road
networks, municipal street networks, or roads on federal or other types of campuses or institutions. Maryland has 4,612 centerline miles of
roadway open to bicycles. The State also owns/manages an additional 529 centerline miles of Interstates and other limited access roads &
bridges where bicycle access is prohibited by rule or by law.

Question                    Sub Question                       Short Answer                                 Explanation                              Source
                                On-street bike lanes        Information Not
5. How many miles of the        (count both directions
following facilities does     when bike lanes are on        Available at This      SHA/MDOT is reexamining the procedure for documenting
your state have?                 both sides of a street)          Time             measurement of bike lanes on state roadways.                      MDOT
                                                             ~ 815 miles of        Includes trails managed by all levels of government, and all
                                                                                   types of agencies. TSIP study developed a definition for
                             Trails (paved, gravel, and      Transportation        Transportation Trail that does not include hiking, water,
                                      shared use paths)           Trails           mountain bike, or equestrian trails.                              draft TSIP

                                                            1,529 centerline
                                                            miles with signs
                                    Signed bike routes          installed          1,719 centerline miles designated routes on State Bike Map        SHA
                                  Paved shoulders on
                                 roadways (count both
                             directions when shoulders
                                  are on both sides of a                           This translates to ~ 2,290 centerline miles. All paved
                                                  street)   4,583 total miles      shoulders are >= 4 feet in width.                                 SHA

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Context: The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA: a modal administration of the MDOT) operates some but not all of the transit services in the state. MTA
operates: Baltimore City/Baltimore regional bus system, one subway rail line in Baltimore city and suburbs, one Light Rail Line in Baltimore city and suburbs,
three regional rail lines (MARC) serving Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, and a variety of long distance commuter buses serving both
major metropolitan areas. MTA is a pass-through agency for federal transit funds slated for locally-operated transit systems, of which their are ~26. The
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides bus and subway rail service in in the Washington, DC region, including Montgomery
and Prince George's counties, in Maryland. The State of Maryland (through MTA) funds a share of the cost of these services and is represented on the
WMATA Board of Directors.

                                                                                                                                                                    Bike Access as a
                                                                                                                                                                     Percentage of
Question                                Sub Question                          Short Answer          Explanation                                                        Total Hours     Source

6. How many hours/week are bikes                                                                    Total hours of Metro rail operations is 139 hours a week.
allowed roll-on access on state             WMATA (Washington, DC         96.5 hours of bike        Bike access is restricted in AM and PM peak periods on
operated trains?                                             Area)        access per week.          weekdays.                                                             70%          TDG
                                                 MTA Baltimore Metro      131 hours of bike
                                                            (Subway)      access per week.          Total operational time period: 131 hours a week.                      100%         TDG
                                             MTA Baltimore Light Rail     109 hours of bike
                                                               (LRT)      access per week.          Total operational time period: 109 hours a week.                      100%         TDG
                                                                          Accept for folding
                                                                                                    Trains run only on weekdays with a service emphasis
                                                                           bikes, 0 hours of        geared toward AM and PM peak hours. Only folding
                                          MTA MARC Commuter Rail           bike access per          bikes are allowed on board. The preferred method of
                                                        (3 lines)                week.              transporting a folded bicycle on MARC is in a case.               Highly Limited   TDG

                                                                                                    MTA does not budget a set amount annually for bike
                                                                                                    facilities at transit stations. When planning a new rail
                                                                                                    station or commuter bus park and ride lot, or making
                                                                                                    improvements to existing stations/park and ride lots,
                                                                                                    facilities for bicycles such as racks or lockers are always
                                                                                                    included in the specifications, where appropriate. No
                                                                                                    bicycle facilities are typically provided at bus stops. The
                                                                                                    MTA has an on-going program to identify bicycle facility
                                                                                                    improvements at all of its rail stations and commuter bus
                                        ... provide dedicated funding                               lots, and requests funding to be added to the capital
7. Does your state …                    for bike parking at Transit?                No              program as needs are identified.                                                   MTA
                                                                                                    MTA does not require its grant recipients to provide
                                                                                                    bicycle parking or bike-on-bus racks as a condition for
                                        ... require bike parking at                                 receiving pass-through funds, but strongly encourages
                                        state-subsidized transit                                    all its grantees to consider bicycle access in their facility
                                        systems?                                  No                planning.                                                                          MTA
                                                                             Require? No.           See above for MTA policy. At SHA built lots, SHA
                                        ... require bike parking at         Provide where           recommends one rack per lot unless the lot only has
                                        park and ride lots?                 warranted? Yes.         access from a limited access highway.                                              SHA

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                                                                                           Overall, Locally Operated Transit Services (LOTS) have
8. What percentage of state-funded            Major Urban Transit                          about 500 out of 1000 buses equipped with racks for
buses have bike racks on them?                          Agencies                           transporting bicycles.
     WMATA (Serving Montgomery and Prince George's County, MD          Yes: 100%                                                                                        TDG
                                                                                           If 100% are not yet equipped, they soon will be as the
                                                                                           agency adopted a goal to complete equipping its fleet in
                       MTA (Baltimore City and surrounding suburbs)    Yes: 100%           2008.                                                                        TDG
                                Ride-On in Montgomery County, MD       Yes: 100%                                                                                        TDG
                                                                                           Maybe allowed to place bike in the luggage storage area
           State funded Commuter buses (intercity coach equipment)      Unknown            in the under-carriage.                                                       TDG
                                                  Annapolis Transit    Yes: 100%                                                                                        TDG
                                                                                           FCT is adding racks on buses as they buy more
                                          Frederick County TransIT     Yes: 50%            replacement buses for their fleet.                                           MTA
                           Prince George's County Transit (The Bus)      0%                                                                                             TDG

                                            Smaller Local Transit

                                                                                           No bikes allowed on board either -- representative said
                                           Alleghany County Transit       0%               that bikes could become a projectile, endangering riders                     TDG
                                                                                           Yes. Bikes may be taken onboard and secured in the
                                            Cecil County "The Bus"        0%               back of the vehicle.                                                         TDG
                                                                                           Some vehicles do, some don't. Cyclists may call the
                                                                                           agency the morning of their commute, to inquire whether
                                                                                           the bus on their route will have a bicycle rack. No bikes
                                           HCTS (Harford County)         Partial           allowed on board.                                                            TDG
                                             HCT (Howard County)         Partial           Some vehicles do, some don't.                                                TDG
                                        Town of Ocean City Transp.       Partial           40-foot buses do not, other buses do take bikes.                             TDG
                                                                                           Bikes are allowed on board, on a case-by-case
                                                                                           basis…drivers make the decision based on how many
                                          St. Mary's Transit System       0%               customers are already on board the vehicle.                                  TDG
                                  Washington County Transp. Dept.         0%                                                                                            TDG
                                                       ShoreTransit       0%                                                                                            TDG
                                        Carroll Transit System, Inc.      0%                                                                                            TDG
                              Cross Country Travel (Calvert County)       0%                                                                                            TDG
                                      Delmarva Community Transp.          0%                                                                                            TDG
                                           Garrett Transit Services       0%                                                                                            TDG
                                     Maryland Upper Shore Transp.         0%                                                                                            TDG
                                                  Wicomico Transit        0%                                                                                            TDG

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Question                              Sub Question                     Short Answer           Explanation                                                                   Source
                                                                                              Between 2003 and 2006 Maryland experienced a 2.4 percent decrease in drive
                                                                                              alone trips. As a result, MDOT has established a general goal to maintain the
                                                                                              recent gain in share of public transportation and other non-single-occupant
9. Does your state have a published                                                           vehicle modes over the next six-year period (FY 2008-FY2013), and to continue 2004 Maryland Transportation
goal to…                              ... increase walking?            Yes                    to increase this share over the next 20 years.                                Plan
                                                                                                                                                                            2004 Maryland Transportation
                                      ... increase biking?             Yes                    See above.                                                                    Plan

                                                                       Yes: to achieve less
                                                                       than 5 bicycle
                                                                       fatalities and less
                                                                       than 409 bicycle
                                                                                              In percentages, this translates into a goal to reduce bicycle fatalities by 32.4
                                      ... decrease pedestrian          injury crashes by      percent and pedestrian fatalities by 16.3 percent by 2010, as compared to
                                      crashes and fatalities?          2010.                  average fatality rates for 2002-2006.                                               2008 Annual Attainment Report

                                                                       Yes: to achieve less
                                                                       than 85 pedestrian
                                                                       fatalities and less
                                                                       than 2,300
                                                                                              In percentages, this translates into a goal to reduce bicycle injury rate by 38.1
                                      ... decrease bicycle and         pedestrian injury      percent and pedestrian injury rate by 11.5 percent by 2010, as compared to
                                      crashes and fatalities?          crashes by 2010.       average fatality rates for 2002-2006.                                               2008 Annual Attainment Report

                                      ….a complete streets
                                      (routine accommodations)
                                      policy that states that
                                      bicycling, walking and transit
                                      shall be considered in every
                                      stage of all transportation
10. Has your state adopted...         projects.                        Yes                    Also an ADA compliance plan.                                                        MDOT
                                      …a bicycle and pedestrian
                                      master plan                      Yes                    Including a 2006 assessment of progress with implementation.                        MDOT
                                      …a bicycle only master
                                      plan?                            No                                                                                                         MDOT
                                      …a pedestrian only master
                                      plan?                            No                                                                                                         MDOT
                                                                                              See answer to Question 1 of your survey about funding targets. One could
                                                                                              interpret the funding for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Retrofit programs as
                                      ...a policy setting minimum                             minimum spending levels, however a review of the history of bicycle pedestrian
                                      spending levels for                                     spending over the past 10-15 years would reveal that state always spends
                                      bike/pedestrian                                         much more than these amounts because of its regular programming of TE,
                                      improvements and                                        Recreational Trails Funds, Main Street and other community enhancement and
                                      programs?                        Yes, somewhat          safety projects on state highways.                                                  TDG, 2008 CTP

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                                                                                Maryland's bicycle commuting incentives consist primarily of a set of laws and
                                                                                policies geared toward provision of bicycle parking and other commuter facilities
                                                                                at transit stations and places of employment. All state colleges and universities
                                                                                and office buildings must provide "reasonable accommodations necessary for
                                                                                bicycle access, including parking for bicycles." MDOT operates Commuter
                                                                                Connections, a non-SOV commuter promotion program, which provides
                                                                                information and other services that promote bicycle commuting. MDOT supports
                                                                                Bike to Work Day events throughout the state, by providing materials for free
                                                                                distribution to participants and schedules the highest ranking department
                                                                                officials as speakers. Finally, as a part of implementing its greenhouse gas
                                                                                emissions reduction plan, the state is looking to make more widespread
                                          ...a policy creating                  development requirements for provision of work place bike commuter amenities-
                                          incentives for bike                   -secure parking, showers, changing facilities, etc. (See answer to question 11
                                          commuting?                      Yes   below.)                                                                           MDOT

11. Has your state adopted a plan to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions?                                          Yes                                                                                        MDOT
                                                                                TLU-8: Increase the bicycle and walking mode share of all trips in Maryland
                                                                                urbanized areas by 15 percent from the current levels by 2020. The
                                                                                quantification of this policy's GHG emissions reduction potential and cost-
                                                                                effectiveness is included in TLU-3, "Transit". (TLU is a Transportation Land Use     Maryland Commission on Climate
                                          If so, does this plan include         policy area) Moreover, TLU-5 has a policy goal of supporting auto-free tourism       Change Climate Action Plan,
                                          goals for walking?              Yes   development in Maryland.                                                             Chapter 4.
                                                                                See Above. Seven specific strategies are identified to achieve the goal: 1)
                                                                                Complete Streets policy, 2) Revision of Highway Design Manual, 3)
                                                                                Development Requirements for Provision of Work Place Bike Commuter
                                                                                Amenities, 4) Grants for Identification of Gaps in Bike/Pedestrian Networks and      Maryland Commission on Climate
                                          If so, does this plan include         Plans, 5) Funding for Low Cost Safety Solutions, 6) Grants for Safe Routes to        Change Climate Action Plan,
                                          goals for biking?               Yes   School, and 7) New Taxing Authority and Spending Flexibility.                        Chapter 4.

12. Does your state have a bicycle and                                          The MBPAC meets quarterly and includes formal representatives from all parts
pedestrian advisory committee?                                            Yes   of the state, citizens at-large, and key state agencies.                             MDOT

13. Is there other key legislation for                                          In 2008 three pieces of legislation related to bicycling and walking passed the
bicycling and/or walking passed in your                                         Maryland General Assembly. One bicycle safety oriented bill did not pass. See
state?                                    If yes, please specify:         Yes   below for details.                                                                   TDG, MDOT

                                                                                1. Senate Bill 492 passed, granting authority to the Chairman of the Maryland
                                                                                Transportation Authority (Sec. of Transp.) to allow bicycle and/or access on toll
                                                                                bridges or in toll tunnels on a case by case basis. Previously, bicycle and
                                                                                pedestrian access were prohibited on/in seven such facilities, and non-              Maryland (online) Legislative
                                                                                motorized travelers were required to call a taxi or special van transport service.   Information System
                                                                                2. Senate Bill 204 passed, establishing that transit-oriented development near
                                                                                transit stations is a transportation purpose, thus establishing certain
                                                                                construction authorities; and necessity for local governments to coordinate with
                                                                                the MTA regarding development proposals and approvals around rail transit
                                                                                stations. This bill is a key step forward in further empowering state and local      Maryland (online) Legislative
                                                                                government to pursue and support transit-oriented development.                       Information System
                                                                                3. House Bill 1160 passed, establishing the Maryland Quiet Vehicles and
                                                                                Pedestrian Safety Task Force. This task force studied the effects of vehicle
                                                                                sound (or lack thereof) on pedestrian safety and reviewed available research
                                                                                and Maryland public opinion on the effects of vehicle sound on pedestrian
                                                                                safety. The motivation for studying the issue stemmed from concerns about the
                                                                                safety of blind pedestrians and other road users given the characteristics of new
                                                                                electric and hybrid motor vehicles to operate so quietly as to go undetected by      Maryland (online) Legislative
                                                                                other road users.                                                                    Information System

                                                                                4. House Bill 143 did not pass. This bill would have mandated that motorists       College Park Area Bicycle
                                                                                pass bicycles at a safe distance of at least 3 feet on the road and street system. Coalitiion (CPABC)

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Question                              Sub Question          Short Answer               Explanation                                             Source

14. Does our state have a Full-Time
SRTS Coordinator?                                           Yes                                                                                MDOT

                                                            ~ 218 individual schools   This calculates to 21 percent of the state's public
                                                            involved in, or engaged    schools serving students in grades K-8. There are       TDG, using statistics from
15. What percentage of your state's                                                    813 elementary Schools, 229 middle schools, and 69      the 2007-2008 Maryland
schools participate in a SRTS                               by, funded projects and    combined schools in the state, for a total of 1111      Department of Education
program?                                                    programs.                  schools serving students in grades K-8.                 Fact Book.

                                                                                                                                               2007-2008 Maryland
16. How many pupils attend public                                                                                                              Department of Education
schools in your state?                          K-8 2006    553,391                                                                            Fact Book.
                                                K-8 2007    549,300

                                                            It is not possible to      In the 2007-2008 school year 593,016 non-disabled)
17. How many pupils who attend                                                         students were reported eligible for transportation      2007-2008 Maryland
public schools in your state are                            calculate this number      services, however, this is K-12 and it cannot be        Department of Education
transported by bus?                                         from available data.       broken out by grade levels.                             Fact Book.

18. How much did your state spend
annually on school bus/transit
transportation in each of the         2007-2008 School
following years?                                  Year            Data Unavailable
                                                                                       These statistics are total transportation expenditures,
                                                                                       it is assumed that the amounts include transportation
                                                                                       for disabled and special needs students, high school
                                                                                       students, and potentially non-core school bus
                                                                                       transportation costs, such as field trips, etc. As noted 2007-2008 Maryland
                                      2006-2007 School                                 in the Fact Book, these amounts do include               Department of Education
                                                  Year             $535,701,303        expenditures for equipment and fixed charges.            Fact Book
                                                                                                                                                2006-2007 Maryland
                                      2005-2006 School                                                                                          Department of Education
                                                  Year             $497,316,742        See above.                                               Fact Book

                                                                                       Maryland does not impose acreage standards for
                                                                                       school sites. However, county governments within
                                                                                       Maryland, which are responsible for delivering public   Managing MD's Growth:
                                                                                       education (K-12) may have various types of acreage      Smart Growth,
                                                                                       standards. Maryland has published an advisory           Community Planning, and
19. Does your state have a policy                                                      document on this topic: "Managing MD's Growth:          Public School
requiring minimum acreage for         If Yes, what is the                              Smart Growth, Community Planning, and Public            Construction ; July 2008,
school siting?                        requirement?          No                         School Construction."                                   MD Dept. of Planning

20. Does your state provide
additional funding above and          If you answered
beyond the federal SRTS funding to    yes, what is the
support safe walking and bicycling    source of those
to school?                            funds?                No                                                                                 MHSO

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Question                                       Question   Short Answer                Explanation                                           Source

                                                                                      The One-Less-Car organization annually sponsors a
                                                                                      Bicycle and Pedestrian Symposium in the offices of the
                                                                                      State Assembly in Annapolis. This Symposium is
                                                                                      scheduled for early February, during the annual state
                                                                                      legislative session. MDOT and SHA Bicycle and
                                                                                      Pedestrian staff attend, give presentations, distribute
                                                                                      free materials, and answer questions. Frequently the
                                                                                      MDOT Secretary or a modal agency administrator will
                                                                                      be featured as a keynote speaker, as well. In 2008,
                                                                                      One-Less-Car and other bicycle advocates hosted the
21. Does your state organize an annual                    Yes, by a private           first ever Fall Symposium (November 2008), which was
bicycle and/or pedestrian conference?                     advocacy group.             addressed by the SHA Administrator, Neil Pedersen.      TDG

                                                                                      Cycle Across Maryland (CAM) is sponsored annually
                                                                                      by the One Less Car organization. In 2007, MDOT
                                                                                      helped to sponsor the CAM ride, however in other
                                                                                      years it has been solely a privately-sponsored event.
                                                          No, MDOT or other           One Less Car also sponsors the Tour de Port, a one-
                                                          state agencies do           day ride in Baltimore city, which draws ~1200
                                                          not sponsor the             participants. The Washington Area Bicycle Association
                                                                                      sponsors a variety of rides in the Washington
22. Does your state sponsor a bike ride to                annual state ride,          Metropolitan Area in which many Maryland residents    MDOT, One
promote cycling and physical activity?                    known as CAM.               participate.                                          Less Car

23. In number of adults, what were your
participation rates in each of the following
years?                                                 Cycle Across Maryland                             Symposium                          One Less Car
                                                   2008         ~500                                       ~100
                                                   2007         ~500                                       ~100
                                                   2006         ~500                                       ~100

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Question                                                    Answer                                                                                 Source
                                                            Over the past few years MDOT and its modal administrations have undertaken a number
24. Has your state implemented any innovative programs, of innovative initiatives in the bicycle and pedestrian transportation arena, including 1)
policies, infrastructure, etc. that is not included in this development of an adult bicycle safety video geared to the bicycle commuter, 2) a
survey and which you would like to share? (We will          commitment to install 1200 accessible pedestrian signals over a 10 year period, and 3)
include a section on selected innovations in the final      carrying out an aggressive and comprehensive ADA compliance effort. See below for
Benchmarking Report.)                                       details.                                                                               MDOT
                                                          1) This adult bicycle safety video is one of the first in the nation to focus on bicycle safety
                                                          issues relevant to the commuter or serious recreational rider, including equipment and
                                                          equipment fitting, nighttime visibility, bike parking and transit access, dooring, and
                                                          crossing freeway entrance and exit ramps. A number of these safety issues are not
                                                          addressed in other videos currently available to the public.                                    MDOT, TDG
                                                          2) As part of SHA's ADA compliance efforts, the agency will be installing 1200 audible
                                                          pedestrian signals that are accessible to blind pedestrians.                                MDOT

                                                          3) Over the past 3 years SHA has been conducting a comprehensive retooling of the
                                                          agency with regard to making the state highway system accessible for those with
                                                          disabilities. This initiative began with a commitment at the top of the agency to change
                                                          business as usual. The program began with development of a strategic plan for change
                                                          and creation of a dedicated funding stream. A new design manual was developed and
                                                          both awareness training and engineering training was conducted throughout the agency.
                                                          A comprehensive inventory of the entire state highway system has been completed,
                                                          cataloging every location and design flaw that does not meet ADA guidelines. This data
                                                          is maintained in GIS format and is used to prioritize retrofit projects, track ongoing
                                                          construction work and inform local jurisdictions of conditions within their jurisdictions.
                                                          Public outreach efforts included creation of a steering committee to guide the efforts and
                                                          advise the agency, public outreach meetings were also conducted throughout the state. SHA, TDG
                                                          3, cont.) Extensive coordination efforts have been undertaken with MTA and other transit
                                                          agencies operating in the state, as well as county and municipal public works and
                                                          transportation agencies. MDOT has shared its approach, methodologies, and written
                                                          resources with PennDot, DelDot, DCDOT, WMATA and other major transportation
                                                          agencies.                                                                                SHA, TDG
                                                          4) Maryland is likely the first to establish (and may be the only state to have established
                                                          by legislation) a state funded/mandated position in the Department of Transportation for
                                                          a Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access (DBPA). This is above and beyond the
                                                          ISTEA mandated bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, which the state also provides in the
                                                          State Highway Administration. In Maryland, the DBPA reports directly to the Secretary of
                                                          Transportation by law and advises the Secretary on matters of bicycle and pedestrian
                                                          access among other legally mandated duties.                                                 MDOT

   Response to Thunderhead Alliance National Benchmarking Survey              Page 12 of 12                                                         Due January 30, 2009

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