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Updated: October 3, 2022
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Walktober is a full month dedicated to health, safety and education for pedestrians and drivers, to build safer, more sustainable communities in Maryland, developed by the Maryland Department of Transportation. Declared officially by Governor Hogan in 2020, the month celebrates Maryland's official exercise -- walking -- as a critical component of well-being for people throughout the state. 

Walktober events include four “Walkinars” - online webinars about pedestrian-related topics in Maryland - and the official WalkMaryland! Day.

Walktober 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 through sponsored events or develop a walk for a youth group like 4-H or as a class activity.

Join a Walktober Activity

Register for Walkinars

Register for one of the October Walkinars!

Register to participate in MDOT's free walkinars -- 90-minute discussions taking place each week throughout the month of October. Register for one or more to learn how to advocate for a safe walking infrastructure.

These webinars provide American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) with 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits to maintain their certification. Please note, to receive AICP credit you must attend the live broadcast.

Learn more!

National Perspectives on Walking and Pedestrian Safety: Where We Are and How We Move Forward

Walkinar 1 

Equity and Walkability: Improving Pedestrian Infrastructure in Underserved Neighborhoods

Walkinar 2

Walking and Public Health: Research Insights into the Value of Active Living

Walkinar 3

Great Partners and Creative Approaches for Promoting Safe Walk Opportunities

Walkinar 4


Participate in WalkMaryland Day

Sign up to be a Walk Leader or a "Sole Mate" to participate in an MDOT sponsored walk.

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County Walking Opportunities

Governor's Proclamation

WalkMaryland Day Events

  • Allegany County
    • Wednesday Oct. 5, 4p.m. - Meet at the fountain at the Western Md Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, Md., C&O Canal towpath
      • Sign up contact:; 301-724-3320
      • Walk Difficulty: Easy
      • Notes: Wear good shoes and bring water. One-hour walk on the towpath.


  • Baltimore County
    • Tuesday Oct. 4, 1p.m. - Meet at UME Baltimore County Office at 1114 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville, Md.
      • Contact: Dr. Shauna Henley at
      • Walk Difficulty: Experienced
      • Notes: Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle and binoculars.


Want to create your own WalkMaryland Day local walk event?  Sign Up Here

Additional Information

  • Maryland Dept of Transportation

    Maryland Department of Transportation

  • Students walk to school

    Walk to School Day

  • Pedestrians in a crosswalk

    Perils for Pedestrians