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Maryland Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation recognizes bicycling and walking as integral elements of a multi-modal approach to transportation. With the Maryland Transportation Plan, MDOT, allied with committed citizens, has the opportunity to strengthen and build upon the accomplishments of the past and make bicycling and walking a convenient, efficient, and enjoyable option within the framework of an integrated statewide transportation network.

  • 20 Year Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Management Plan:

  • Model Ordinances for the Enhancement of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Transportation Facilities

  • Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go

    In response to growing interest in trails, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) led a comprehensive interagency planning effort to develop a long-term strategic plan that will guide implementation of a seamless trail network throughout the State. The Maryland Trails: A Greener Way To Go Plan communicates a vision for trail development in Maryland and provides policy direction for partner agencies and local governments. The Plan serves as a coordinated and strategic approach for developing a connected system of trails throughout the State, improving existing trails, and ensuring smart planning for future trail development. Interactive planning map showing existing transportation trails and potential linkages.

  • Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

    The twenty-one member committee is appointed by the Governor, combining the experience of citizens with the expertise of State officials. Committee members represent geographical regions throughout the State and specific interests, including those of visually and mobility impaired individuals. Nine State agencies are represented, including:

  • Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
  • Maryland Department of Disabilities
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Department of Planning
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • Maryland State Police
  • Free State Bicycle Map (Online Order Form)

    Maryland Bicycle Maps
    Statewide or by county. Downloadable pdf documents.

  • State Highway Administration (SHA) Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

    SHA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, in addition to being the public's contact person for bicycle information, performs bicycle related research and systems planning, reviews design plans, develops policy and procedural guidelines, and monitors SHA's major capital projects for bicycle compatibility. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator also coordinates safety, enforcement, and educational activities, serves as liaison with other governmental agencies, reviews laws and legislative proposals, and develops information for public distribution.

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
    State Highway Administration
    707 N. Calvert Street, mail stop C-502
    Baltimore, MD 21203
    410-545-5656
    E-mail: bikes@sha.state.md.us

  • Bicycles on Maryland Transit Authority (MTA)

    Bicycles on MTA is one of the Maryland Transit Administration’s Go Green programs keeping our state on the move while fostering a healthy environment.

    Public transportation and bicycles provide more mobility options to everyone, help improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. In Maryland, public transportation and bicycles can and do work together to allow for longer trips. That’s smart transportation – the ability to move seamlessly between transit modes in a healthy, enjoyable manner.

    To make transit convenient for bicyclists, the MTA has, for some time, allowed riders to bring bicycles onto Light Rail, Metro Subway and in some cases, MARC Train. Bicycles can go along for the ride free of charge on MTA Local Buses as buses are outfitted with new front-mounted bike racks. To get the most out of biking, stow your bicycle at an MTA-provided bicycle rack or locker located at stations and stops along the system.

  • Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development DHCD

  • Maryland Office of Tourism

  • The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP)

    MDP promotes growth that fosters vibrant, livable communities, preserves and protects the environment, and makes efficient use of State resources.

  • Trail Town Program

    The Trail Town ProgramŽ aims to maximize the economic potential of trail-based tourism. Contact:

    Bill Atkinson, LEED Green Associate
    Maryland Department of Planning, Principal Planner/Trail Town Program Coordinator
    batkinson@mdp.state.md.us 301-777-2161

    For More information, check out: The Trails Town Web and the Trail Towns Guidebook.

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, State Museum of Archaeology

    Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is a place full of secrets waiting to be unearthed.  Whether you come to hike our miles of trails, explore our Visitor Center full of interactive exhibits, or to enjoy one of our educational programs or events, you will leave with a greater appreciation for the land and the people who once lived here. JPPM encompasses 560 scenic acres, including 5 marked trails and more than 70 identified archaeological sites along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland.

    JPPM is also the home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts.   The MAC Lab serves as a clearinghouse for archaeological collections recovered from land-based and underwater projects conducted by State and Federal agencies throughout Maryland. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.

  • Maryland Historic Trust

  • Marylands Heritage Program

    Includes links to 11 Maryland Heritage Areas and the National Heritage Area Program

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  • Land Acquisition and Planning
  • Trails Summit
  • Maryland Park Service
  • Maryland Trail Guides Available for Purchase
  • Children In Nature
  • Access for All
  • Accessible Trails in State Parks
  • Boating – Water Trails
  • Wildlife and Heritage Service - Public Lands
  • Maryland Forest Service - State Forests
  • Maryland Environmental Trust
  • Let's Get Connected!

    Momentum is Building to make Trails in Maryland "Second-to-None."