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Maryland State Bicycle and Transportation Plans

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) released the Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in late 2013. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Plan provides guidance and investment strategies to support cycling and walking, both on-road and off-road, as part of Maryland’s multimodal transportation network and supports the Maryland Transportation Plan, or “MTP”, and other key statewide planning efforts. It also addresses recently enacted federal transportation legislation, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.” This Plan updates the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan adopted in 2002 and, going forward, will be updated every five years.

The involvement of Maryland’s citizens and representatives of many State and local governmental agencies was critical in the development of this Plan. Bike Maryland sits on several commissions and committees and thanks all participants for their contributions to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. With Maryland Department of Transportation, we look forward to working with all partners to implement the Plan and improving bicycling (and walking) in Maryland.


The Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) is a 20-year vision for transportation in Maryland. The MTP outlines the State’s transportation goals, policies and priorities and helps guide statewide investment decisions across all modes of transportation. The MTP is one component of the annual State Report on Transportation, which also includes the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) and the Annual Attainment Report on Transportation System Performance (AR). The CTP is Maryland’s six-year capital budget for transportation projects, and the AR tracks MDOT’s progress each year towards attaining the goals and objectives of the MTP based on outcome-oriented performance measures.


The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan is prepared every five years to identify essential and contemporary issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in Maryland. This Plan was developed using public input gathered through surveys, stakeholder meetings and thorough analysis of national, state and local issues impacting recreation and natural resource conservation. Final approval of the Land Preservation Recreation Plan from the National Park Service has been received.

The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan will help guide land conservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years and builds upon the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to include proactive approaches to address critical issues identified in the planning process. The Plan aims to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection. It also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and qualifies the state to receive funding through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.