Maryland shares context-driven strategy to promote safety, mobility

Web resource aims to improve multimodal access for communities across Maryland

March 10, 2021 / 1 minute read
Maryland shares context-driven strategy to promote safety, mobility

The Maryland DOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has launched a new web resource for its “Context Driven” guide, which aims to improve mobility, safety, and multimodal access for communities across Maryland

The new Context Driven: Access & Mobility for All Users web portal provides access to the “1.0” version of the guide, as well as a project map and other features.

“The Context Driven guide, created by our MDOT SHA team, is an invaluable resource in making our communities safer, more accessible and more livable for everyone—transit users, motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and those with mobility challenges,” MDOT Secretary Greg Slater said in a statement. “As we work with local partners to design and implement a statewide transportation network that’s shared by all, we must—as the title suggests—consider the context of each community and its needs.”

Since 2019, MDOT SHA has implemented more than 200 projects that consider the “context” of an area summarized in six categories: urban core, urban center, traditional town center, suburban activity center, suburban area, or rural area. The Context Driven guide encourages flexibility and innovation to develop low-cost, high-impact solutions for each unique area. Solutions may include speed limit reductions, protected bike lanes, high-visibility crosswalks, signal timing adjustments, or a host of other strategies.

The new 1.0 version of the Context Driven guide on the web portal includes minor clarifications from the earlier draft document, but its highest priority remains the same: to identify solutions for areas in Maryland that balance vehicular and pedestrian traffic and reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes involving pedestrians

MDOT SHA says the guide is not intended as a strict manual, but is designed to help staff and communities explore and better understand opportunities and improvements that can be implemented based on the characteristics of the surrounding environment.

-----------

SOURCE: Maryland DOT State Highway Administration

Related Articles

Sponsored
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have lasting impacts, workforce and materials shortages are hitting businesses across the nation hard—and the…
September 27, 2021
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) this week announced two qualified teams have been selected to compete for the contract to design…
September 22, 2021
WSDOT State Route 104 test site (wet, dusk) demonstrates the difference between traditional all glass beads and the wet performing bead mix.
WSDOT State Route 104 test site (wet, dusk) demonstrates the difference between traditional all glass beads and the wet performing bead mix.
Consider the following outrageous hypothetical situation: “When it rains at night, new high-tech headlights automatically reduce their light output…
September 17, 2021
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan this week announced more than $12 million in federal highway safety grants as part of a statewide focus to prevent motor…
September 14, 2021
expand_less