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Walk It Out This Walktober

Maryland celebrates Walktober with a series of webinars, held 10:30 a.m.-noon each Thursday in October.

The virtual series kicks off on Oct. 6 with a look at national efforts to increase pedestrian safety; the state of the walkability movement, including how to work with state and local officials toward new investments in walkability and accessibility; and data and trends that show walking for exercise and leisure is popular among adults of all ages.

The Oct. 13 session explores equity and walkability, including how to improve pedestrian infrastructure in underserved neighborhoods.

The Oct. 20 session examines walking and public health, with data about the value of walking and active living.

The final session, Oct. 27, will discuss how partners and creative approaches can improve transit and pedestrian infrastructure and promote safe walking opportunities. It will include a presentation by staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department about the county’s data-driven “predictive safety analysis,” which is designed to prevent severe and fatal crashes before they happen.

Register and learn more, including how to celebrate Walk Maryland Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at www.mdot.maryland.gov/walktober.

As Rockville strides into Walktober, the city is conducting studies to assess the feasibility of constructing new sidewalks along Frederick Avenue, Highland Avenue, Monroe Street, Nelson Street, Reading Terrace and Wood Lane. These studies will identify challenges such as right-of-way availability, conflict with utilities and other factors, and will include public meetings in early 2023.

Learn more about the role sidewalks play in improving pedestrian safety in the city at www.rockvillemd.gov/sidewalks.

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