The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program works to promote and enhance walking and biking in the county to aid in the following:
- Transportation alternatives
- Improved health/fitness
- Reduce congestion and emissions for improved air quality
This program is a comprehensive, data-driven program built upon the 4 E's: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Services.
The engineering component of the program includes building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bicycle lanes. Engineering is the responsibility of Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation, the Maryland State Highway Administration, and the public works departments of the twenty-seven municipalities in Prince George’s County. A comprehensive engineering process also involves key partners including the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Enforcement of traffic laws includes the failure of motorists to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk; failure of pedestrians to use a marked crosswalk when one is provided; and failure of bicyclists to obey traffic signals. Traffic enforcement is the responsibility of the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Maryland State Police, the police departments of the twenty-seven municipalities in Prince George’s County, The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department, and the United States Park Police.
Traffic safety education including the rules of the road and sharing the road for all users including motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists is led by a coalition consisting of the Prince George’s County Healthcare Action Coalition Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee, the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Department of Public Works & Transportation, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and other regional and state partners.
Emergency Services is an important component of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian program. The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department not only responds to traffic crashes but also takes an active role in education and outreach including proper installation of child restraints in vehicles, bicycle helmet usage, and safely walking to school for elementary and middle school students.
For more information about Prince George's County's bicycle and pedestrian program, please contact Karyn McAlister at email@example.com or by phone at (301) 883-5600.