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Montgomery Planning Board briefed on Pedestrian Master Plan’s draft design, policy, and programming recommendations

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Planning Board shows support for draft recommendations and equitable engagement efforts to date; provides suggestions for next steps on countywide plan that will offer strategies for enhanced pedestrian connectivity, safety, and accessibility across Montgomery County

WHEATON, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, presented the Pedestrian Master Plan’s draft design, policy and programming recommendations to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, September 22. The Planning Board expressed support for the draft recommendations in the Pedestrian Master Plan and shared recommendation feedback with Planning Staff.

The Pedestrian Master Plan is Montgomery Planning’s first dedicated effort to specifically improve the countywide pedestrian experience. The draft recommendations offer solutions and strategies to make walking and rolling safer, more equitable, and more direct in support of the plan’s four goals:

View the draft recommendations
View the September 22 Planning Board staff report

“We are really excited to hear the great feedback from the Planning Board, and we look forward to incorporating their ideas,” said project manager Eli Glazier. “If anyone has any feedback or ideas that they want to share, please reach out to me at or on social media using #walkinghere to let us know what you think.”

Equitable engagement efforts

The Planning Board also received an update from staff on the equitable engagement efforts for the plan. Recent engagement and outreach efforts include:

Next steps

Planning Staff will continue to make progress on completing the Pedestrian Master Plan. With recommendation development ongoing, the master plan team is on schedule to complete the draft plan by the end of the year. The community is invited to provide continued feedback on the draft recommendations and use the online Pedestrian Prioritization tool.

The Pedestrian Master Plan draft recommendations

The recommendations build on years of analysis and community feedback to establish a path toward making Montgomery County safer, more navigable, and more comfortable for pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The recommendations are organized around six themes: build, maintain, protect, expand access, monitor, and fund. Notable recommendations are:

The recommendations are informed by the March 2022 Pedestrian Master Plan Existing Conditions Report, which provided a deep understanding of existing pedestrian conditions and attitudes in the county and was based on four main data sources:

About the Pedestrian Master Plan

The Pedestrian Master Plan will identify best practices, analyze information from people who walk and roll, and examine ways of improving the pedestrian experience using several analytical tools, including a pedestrian comfort analysis and a crash analysis. The resulting Pedestrian Master Plan will provide county leaders and agencies, such as Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the Department of Permitting Services, recommendations and guidance related to:

Recommendations will support making Montgomery County universally accessible to pedestrians of all ages and abilities with particular attention paid to those pedestrians using mobility devices like wheelchairs or canes. The Pedestrian Master Plan will complement the 2018 Bicycle Master PlanThrive Montgomery 2050 (currently under County Council review) and other Vision Zero-related efforts to make streets safer and more accessible, including the 2019 Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan and the 2019 Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study.