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Pedestrian Master Plan: Draft Design, Policy, and Programming Recommendations


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Updated June 9, 2023

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Achieving Pedestrian Master Plan goals will require building new sidewalks, rehabilitating existing pathways, building more places to cross streets, improving lighting, and creating the type of places where walking is the preferred way to get around. This section lays out recommendations that will help the county build better, faster, safer, and more equitably by setting new standards, identifying barriers that need to be overcome, and reaching toward best practices.

B-1: Build more sidewalks faster.

B-2: Eliminate the need to press a button to cross the street.

B-3: Create direct and accessible street crossings

B-4: Build more walkable places.

B-5: Lighting for Roadways, Intersections, and Pedestrian and Bike Facilities

B-6: Reduce pedestrian pathway temperatures.

B-7: Create more pedestrian connections and formalize pedestrian shortcuts.

B-8: Reduce natural barriers to walking and rolling

B-9: Make traffic calming easier to implement.

B-10: Assume county control of state highways.

B-11: Address curbside management to prioritize pedestrian safety and rethink how curb space is used.


The pedestrian experience in Montgomery County can vary greatly based on how diligently vegetation is trimmed, snow is shoveled, and sidewalks are kept smooth and level. It is not enough to invest in building more pedestrian spaces. This section lays out recommendations that clarify existing regulations and propose changes to how the county and private property owners care for sidewalks, pathways, and other pedestrian spaces so that these investments can provide a high quality of service for everyone for years to come.

MA-1: Fix sidewalks proactively.

MA-2: Keep sidewalks and curb ramps clear.

MA-4: Minimize streetlight repair time.


Montgomery County has adopted Vision Zero, a commitment to eliminate severe injuries and fatalities in the transportation system by 2030. While the recommendations related to construction and maintenance of pedestrian spaces highlighted above will also improve safety, the recommendations that follow are systemic policy changes and programming that will speed proactive Vision Zero implementation and ensure pedestrians are safe while traveling through Montgomery County.

P-1: Reduce impacts of vehicle design and operation on pedestrian safety.

P-2: Improve and expand protected crossings.

P-3: Design pedestrian-safe parking lots.

P-4: Educate and encourage pedestrians of all ages to walk safely.

P-5: Make the walk to school safer and more direct.

P-6: Address access management to reduce pedestrian/vehicle conflicts.

P-7: Ensure pavement markings and street furniture are installed in pedestrian-safe locations.

P-8: Increase traffic enforcement activities.

P-9: Comprehensively lower speed limits countywide.

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The pedestrian environment has been constructed in a way that can make it difficult or impossible for some members of the community to walk or roll. Pedestrians with disabilities in Montgomery County are 10% less satisfied with the pedestrian experience than pedestrians overall. Pedestrians with disabilities outside of urban areas expressed an even greater dissatisfaction with the pedestrian experience. These recommendations aim to make the pedestrian system more accessible to all pedestrians, whether they walk or roll.

EA-1: Reduce tripping hazards.

EA-2: Remove sidewalk obstructions.

EA-3: Provide pedestrians more time to cross the street.

EA-4: Make pedestrian signals more accessible.

EA-5: Improve guidance for pedestrians with low or no vision.

EA-6: Provide more opportunities for accessible park experiences.

EA-7: Exceed existing accessibility requirements.

EA-8: Regulate shared spaces.

EA-9: Make work zones more accessible.


Achieving the Pedestrian Master Plan vision is going to require resources that exceed current spending on pedestrian and safety efforts. For decades, the county has invested heavily into expanding roads, but investments in pedestrian pathways and crossings have not kept pace. The following recommendations identify additional revenue sources to support the county’s commitment to improving pedestrian conditions.

F-1: Identify new revenue sources to fund pedestrian improvements.


Monitoring recommendations track the county’s progress in achieving the Pedestrian Master Plan’s goals and objectives. These recommendations also identify opportunities to improve the quality of the data collected countywide so decisions on project prioritization and funding can be more equitable.

MO-1: Track implementation of the Pedestrian Master Plan.

MO-2: Conduct a pedestrian 311 equity review.

MO-3: Assess transportation capital projects post-construction for effectiveness.

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