Montgomery County Study on Pedestrian Navigation for the Visually Impaired in Urban Centers

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) received a Transportation-Land Use Connections (TLC) grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to study how to make it easier and safer for persons with a vision disability to get around in urban areas, especially with a focus on getting to transit stops.

The grant will fund the development of a toolkit to help County engineers and planners better design roads and sidewalks to help those with a vision disability get around. The grant will also fund initial design work in a pilot area in downtown Silver Spring which could eventually lead to installation of innovative treatments in this area.

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Stakeholders Wanted

MCDOT is looking for stakeholders interested in participating in the development of the toolkit and the plans. We want to hear from you about how you navigate the urban environment. What obstacles do you face when trying to get to transit? What navigation features are missing on your route to work?
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Get Involved

MCDOT is hosting a virtual community meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to get input from the public, especially those who have a vision or mobility disability.

The presentation slides for the January 11 meeting are available here.

To attend the meeting, you need to register in advance, by emailing the Project Manager, Matt Johnson at Matt.Johnson@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov . Please indicate if you need any special accommodations for the meeting.

If you are interested in getting email updates about this project, please email Matt and request to be added to the email list.
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