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Governor Hogan Proclaims Walktober, Encourages Marylanders To Walk For Health, Recreation, and Transportation

State and Local Partners Will Take Part In Annual Statewide Celebration of Walking to Promote Better Physical and Mental Health

“Walking is one of the most beneficial ways to support better physical and mental health, and fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and experience the beauty of our great state,” said Governor Hogan. “Research shows that people who take part in daily physical activity live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and other health issues. Walking is an activity available to people of all ages and abilities, and I encourage Marylanders to take part in our annual Walktober celebration.”

On this year’s Walk Maryland Day, residents can become “sole mates” by joining one of many official walks that will take place across the state, or register a walk they plan to take by themselves or with others in their community. Registration is available at

The Hogan administration supports pedestrian access and infrastructure initiatives, and works with the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and other partners to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and accessibility. Maryland has more than 1,200 miles of trails on state public lands.

Agencies participating in Walktober include the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Maryland Office of Tourism, as well as local jurisdictions, agencies, nonprofits, and private sector partners.

“Walking is an essential component of Maryland’s transportation network, and connects many residents directly to mass transit, carpooling, jobs, education, and recreation,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. “Walktober brings us together to enjoy walking, raise awareness, and share ideas of how we can enhance pedestrian safety and access.”