Wednesday, October 10 2007 @ 02:12 PM EDT
Contributed by: B' Spokes
I wanted to give you all a brief synopsis of a meeting that Mark Counselman and I had last Thursday with John Porcari, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Neil Pedersen, the SHA administrator and Sam Minnitte, the director of planning for MDOT. Our agenda centered on ensuring that the state of Maryland have a fully engaged "complete streets" policy where the safety and convenience of all road users (bike/ped/ transit/cars) is accommodated.
The best news was that the Secretary agreed that county transportation engineers need training to ensure that local roads are safe for bikes, peds and transit users. His proposed solution (which we fully agree with) was to make complete streets training a state funding requirement for local DOTs. This means that state funds that go to the counties for road construction would come with a comprehensive complete streets training component. Right now training for bike/ped/transit accommodations is lacking in many county DOT offices. This could potentially remedy that problem. We will definitely be following up with the Secretary to make sure that this becomes a reality