Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration's (MVA's) Highway Safety Office is interested in getting public input on awareness of highway safety messages and personal driving related behavior. Annually, the MVA conducts a survey of licensed drivers within the state. This survey seeks to gain information regarding drivers' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors as it relates to highway safety practices. The survey focuses on highway safety issues, including seat belts, pedestrian safety, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles, and distracted driving. Feedback provided by the survey will help to shape highway safety programs within the state. If you are a licensed Maryland driver, we would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete a short survey. Please be assured that this survey is anonymous. Click here to complete the survey.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, tens of thousands of school children across the country biked to school throughout the month of May as part of the second annual National Bike to School Day. In all, 1,705 schools registered Bike to School Day events—80 percent more than the inaugural national event in 2012—setting a new National Bike to School Day record.
“In March, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute told the National Bike Summit that societal trends are favoring bicycling, that at this moment there is a tremendous bicycle wave rolling through America,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day. “If the success of our second annual Bike to School Day is any indication, I’d say Mr. Katz is on to something.”
For more information, see the National Center for Safe Routes to School's website. Also see MCDOT's Safe Routes to School website for more tips on safe walking and biking to county schools.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) hosted three public meetings in June on the extension of the Capital Bikeshare program into Montgomery County. Bikesharing allows travelers to rent a bike from on-street stations and drop it off at other stations within the bikeshare network.
The meetings focused on selected urban centers of Montgomery County where bikesharing stations will be installed in late summer 2013. Information on bikesharing throughout the County was also available at each meeting. The meetings were held at the following locations:
For more information on Bikeshare in Montgomery County, visit the new Bikeshare website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bikeshare.
- Bikeshare in Bethesda and Friendship Heights: June 24
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor La., 2nd Floor
- Bikeshare in Silver Spring and Takoma Park: June 25
Fire Station 1, 8110 Georgia Avenue, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring; and
- Bikeshare in Rockville, Shady Grove and the Life Sciences Center: June 26 Executive Office Building Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Lorna Virgilí hosts "Montgomery al Día", Montgomery County's Spanish language live Radio Show on Radio América 1540 AM, Tuesdays at 2pm. On this show, she speaks with Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, from the Department of Transportation. The show addresses pedestrian safety issues around the County, including the recent uptick in pedestrian collisions and fatalities and how residents can stay safe when walking. To see the episode, click here.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
During the months of April, May, and June, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) has been focusing enforcement efforts on pedestrian safety. MCPD has been conducting a number of operations at locations with marked crosswalks and areas that have been identified as pedestrian High Incidence Areas (HIAs) -- those with more pedestrian collisions. Police are issuing citations to both drivers and pedestrians who are breaking the law. To date, Police have issued over 2,000 citations to pedestrians for crossing mid-block or against the pedestrian signal, and over 300 citations to drivers for not yielding to pedestrians.
Particular attention is being paid to the following HIAs:
Colesville Road between Fenton Street and Noyes Drive (Silver Spring)
Connecticut Avenue between Independence Street and Georgia Avenue (Aspen Hill)
Four Corners (Silver Spring)
Piney Branch Road between Flower Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue (Silver Spring)
Randolph Road between Selfridge Road and Colie Drive (Wheaton)
Rockville Pike between Halpine Drive and Hubbard Road (Rockville)
In addition to these HIAs, MCPD have focused pedestrian enforcement actions on other crosswalk locations around the County where driver compliance with pedestrian safety laws has been an issue, including:
Veirs Mill Road at Turkey Branch Parkway (Aspen Hill)
Bel Pre Road between Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road (Aspen Hill)
Democracy Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Bells Mill Road (Bethesda)
Arlington Road between Elm Street and Old Georgetown Road (Bethesda)
Muddy Branch Road between Suffield Drive and Diamondback Drive (Gaithersburg)
Aircraft Drive between Century Boulevard and Germantown Road at the Germantown Transit Center (Germantown)
Middlebrook Road at Great Seneca Highway (Germantown)
Lost Knife Road between Odendhal Ave and Contour Rd at the Lake Forest Transit Center (Montgomery Village)
Wooton Parkway near Wooton High School (Rockville)
Spring Street at First Avenue (Silver Spring)
University Boulevard at Reedie Drive (Wheaton - Glenmont)
Randolph Road at Livingston Street (Wheaton – Glenmont)
Randolph Road at Bluhill Road (Wheaton – Glenmont)
In Montgomery County, more than 400 pedestrians are struck by vehicles each year. Many of these collisions could be avoided if drivers and pedestrians obeyed the law and were more aware.
The Montgomery County Police Department takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of pedestrians. The department’s Traffic Unit routinely conducts pedestrian safety operations throughout the County to enforce traffic laws. The SafeSpeed and red light camera programs serve to improve the safety of pedestrians by slowing down traffic and reducing the number of vehicles running red lights.
Drivers and pedestrians have equal responsibilities in reducing pedestrian-involved collisions. Drivers should take extra caution when approaching crosswalks. Look for pedestrians near the crosswalk and prepare to yield when they enter the crosswalk. When driving in a residential area, or near a school zone, scan ahead for pedestrian traffic, especially for children, who may suddenly run out into the roadway. Extra caution should apply in the evening hours. Pedestrians should always use designated crosswalks when crossing a busy roadway. Assume that drivers can’t see you until you have made eye contact. Once in the crosswalk continue to scan for traffic in each lane of traffic. When in doubt, yield to vehicle traffic -- pedestrians are the ones who are injured in a collision.
To view the Transportation Update on the enforcement efforts, click here.
View MCPD press releases on these efforts:
May 8 - Press Release #1
May 8 - Press Release #2
To see press articles on the pedestrian enforcement efforts, click below:
Wheaton Patch, Article 1
Wheaton Patch, Article 2
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch
To see more pedestrian and driver Safety Tips, visit MCDOT's Pedestrian Safety website.