Pedestrian Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department is developing a Pedestrian Master Plan to improve pedestrian conditions countywide. The plan will complement the 2018 Bicycle Master Plan and plans for other modes of transportation through strategies for making streets safer and more accessible.

This plan will be comprehensive. In addition to prioritizing needed infrastructure, it will recommend new and amended policies and operational practices, design standards and programming.

With support from pedestrian planning experts, a study of world-class pedestrian plans from around the nation and world is currently being undertaken to identify plan components and best practices to emulate and refine. The Pedestrian Master Plan will also draw on data about existing sidewalks and pedestrian crossings now being collected by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

The project team will prioritize countywide pedestrian infrastructure using, among other factors, a pedestrian level of comfort analysis, similar to the Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress developed for the Bicycle Master Plan. While the Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress was solely an infrastructure assessment, the pedestrian level of comfort analysis will also assess other factors that influence the pedestrian experience like land use and urban design. This prioritization will provide guidance to the Montgomery County Council and Montgomery County Department of Transportation in directing resources to improve pedestrian infrastructure.

The Plan will pay particular emphasis to those pedestrians with vision and/or mobility issues, including recommending design treatments and policies that exceed basic Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

“Pedestrian” is defined for Plan purposes as any person who travels by foot or a wheeled conveyance that is not a bicycle, including scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility devices. “Walking” is defined as “the act of being a pedestrian.”

Similar to the Bicycle Facility Design Toolkit, the plan’s guidance on pedestrian-oriented design treatments and operational approaches will be highly visual and include definitions, dimensions and tips on appropriate uses. Existing programs and public awareness events, such as Safe Routes to School, will provide opportunities for community engagement and education. Public engagement strategies will include walk audits and interactive maps to determine community priorities for access and safety.

Last Updated: July 23, 2019