There are four main components to safety planning under the direction of the BRTB.
Through the BRTB’s Regional Safety Subcommittee, BMC provides assistance for highway safety planning. The Subcommittee and BMC staff work on a variety of topics including:
- Develop and implement regional safety campaigns such as the LOOK ALIVE pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign
- Support the MDOT Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) in developing and implementing Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs)
- Bring together staff from federal, state and local jurisdictions representing the 4 E’s (engineering, education, enforcement and EMS) towards reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries on all roads
- Provide resources such as grant funding opportunities, information sharing and outreach material.
Performance Measures and Targets
Since January 2018, the BRTB has adopted short-term yearly highway safety targets in accordance with regulatory guidance and advice received by FHWA and in coordination with MDOT. The annual targets were adopted in Resolution #18-8, Resolution #19-16, and Resolution #20-10.
Safety Scoring Criteria for Long-Range Transportation Plan Projects
Proposed projects receive both a policy and a technical score. BMC staff scores each of the proposed projects for technical merit, based on consistency with regional goals and strategies. Appendix B of Maximize2045, the 2019 regional long-range transportation plan, provides details on the scoring process to evaluate candidate projects. This discussion includes details on the scoring criteria related to highway safety. There is an ongoing effort to enhance the scoring criteria.
Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Maryland’s 2016-2020 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is developed around performance measures and effective strategies to achieve long-term goals. In 2020, BMC will continue to collaborate with the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) and other partners to update the statewide SHSP as a Vision Zero plan.
Achieving these goals will require a sustained and steadfast commitment from state and local agencies and key safety partners. SHSP stakeholders are crucial to improving roadway safety in Maryland through implementing the strategies and action steps related to the Four E’s of Traffic Safety (Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Medical Services).
Since August 2019, BMC has housed a dedicated safety planner, funded in large part by MHSO, to assist local members of the BRTB in developing, implementing, and evaluating local SHSPs. Several BRTB jurisdictions have plans in place that are being incorporated into an SHSP process and all seven are in a planning stage, from problem identification to evaluation.
A major safety outreach project in the region is the Look Alive pedestrian education and outreach campaign. In collaboration with, and funding from, the MHSO, Look Alive was launched in 2019 as a regional program that includes education, enforcement, and media outreach focused on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.