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University of Maryland Extension is Partnering With Maryland Dept. of Transportation to Support 'Walktober'

Walktober is a full month of online workshops promoting pedestrian safety and healthy communities, as well as WalkMaryland Day on Oct. 7, encouraging the public to walk in their own neighborhoods in a statewide effort to raise awareness.

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Just in time for October, University of Maryland Extension is teaming up with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to begin the tradition of Walktober.

Walktober is a full month dedicated to health, safety and education for pedestrians and drivers, to build safer, more sustainable communities in Maryland. "Promoting health and wellness in our state's communities is a priority for the University of Maryland Extension," said Jinhee Kim, Family and Consumer Science Program Leader. "We're excited to partner with MDOT to enhance the safety of our neighborhoods, to educate pedestrians and drivers, and help make Maryland a safer, healthier place for everyone."

Walktober events include four "Walkinars" - online webinars about pedestrian-related topics in Maryland - and WalkMaryland! Day on Oct. 7, 2020.

There will be four different opportunities for the public to participate in the free, online Walkinars:

Oct. 1 - Get Maryland Walking: What Can We Do? https://go.umd.edu/walkinar1
Oct. 15 - Pedestrian Infrastructure, Safety, and Health https://go.umd.edu/walkinar2
Oct. 22 - New Trends and Technologies to Support Walkability and Walking https://go.umd.edu/walkinar3
Oct. 29 - Maryland Walk Events https://go.umd.edu/walkinar4

Walkinars allow American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) participants to earn 1.5 CM credits (CEU) credits.

WalkMaryland! Day, on Oct. 7, 2020, is a great way to encourage your community to increase physical activity levels. Group leaders register and lead a neighborhood walk, encouraging members to engage in physical activities individually or together. Appropriate face coverings and COVID safety guidelines will be followed. To register to be a Group Leader, go to https://go.umd.edu/WalkMaryland.

"Sole Mates," or registered walkers, can choose neighborhood walks from group leaders in their regions. Sole Mate registration opens Oct. 1.

Walktober is a program that encourages the state of Maryland to increase physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way while creating awareness for pedestrian safety. Participate as an individual or as a group with others, such as a classroom or youth group like 4-H.

When you are ready to have fun, get fit and explore Maryland, register on the Walktober website at http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/walktober.

We hope you will be inspired to join us and others in Maryland and get more active and create healthier, safer communities for pedestrians and drivers. Learn more about WalkMaryland! at extension.umd.edu/WalkMD.


SOURCE University of Maryland Extension