Governor O'Malley kicks off Bike Month by announcing $2.5 million in grants to bring bikeshare stations to Maryland
May 1, 2012
Seven Winners throughout the Baltimore-Washington Region
As part of the O’Malley Administration’s Cycle Maryland Initiative, Governor Martin O’Malley today kicked off bike month, by announcing the first seven winners of his new Maryland Bikeshare Program grants to help Maryland communities plan, establish or expand bikeshare programs. He announced the new Maryland Bikeshare Program in November 2011 to create bikeshare systems in Maryland. Bikeshare systems can help solve the “last mile” problem, connecting public transportation riders to their final destinations. Governor O’Malley’s new program will provide $2.5 million this year to three counties and several municipalities for a variety of projects in different stages of development from feasibility assessment to implementation of bikesharing stations.
“As we celebrate Bike Month, these grants will help bring Bikeshare stations to Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “Bikesharing allows Marylanders an affordable option for short-distance trips as an alternative to public transportation, driving or walking. By getting out and taking a bike ride, we also learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures, help reduce the impact on the land, improve our fitness and well-being, and enhance our quality of life.”
The grant-winning projects include both feasibility studies for several jurisdictions and actual implementation and opening of bikeshare stations for others that are further along in the planning and design process. The winners are divided into two categories – funding to implement a bikeshare facility and funding for a feasibility study to determine potential bikeshare station locations. The Bikeshare Grant Program is funded through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and will cover 80 percent of the total project cost. Local jurisdictions are required to pay a 20 percent match.
The winners of grants to implement bikesharing systems are: Baltimore City, Montgomery County and joint partners with University of Maryland at College Park and the City of College Park. The winners of grants for feasibility studies of potential bikeshare stations are: Frederick City, Howard County and joint partners with Prince George’s County and the City of Greenbelt.
The next step is for the jurisdictions and MDOT to sign a memorandum of understanding followed by a formal award of the funding. Feasibility studies and Bikeshare implementation projects could begin any time after July 1st with project or study completion expected to be complete in about a year’s time. Jurisdictions will be in charge of the project and the exact timeline.
Today’s Bikeshare Grant announcement is the second set of grants provided this year by Governor O’Malley to promote bicycling as a strong transportation alternative as part of his Cycle Maryland Initiative. In March, he announced 20 winners of his new Bikeways Program Grants to support planning, design and construction of projects that create and improve bicycle connections in Maryland to key destinations, like work, school and shopping. Program flexibility is ensuring the best possible bicycle routes can be developed, by utilizing local and state roads, off-road trails, parks and other available pathways. This program is providing $2.5 million this year to 10 counties, Baltimore City and various municipalities for a variety of projects in different stages of development from feasibility assessment and design to construction. To read the full release, click on this link: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/News/2012/2012 Press Releases/March6_Governors_Bikeways_Grant_Winners.html
In March, the State also opened the application process for the 2013 Bikeways Grants. These applications are due by this Friday, May 4, 2012. For more details on the 2013 Bikeways Grants, click on this link:
Governor O’Malley kicked off his Cycle Maryland Initiative to consolidate and coordinate bicycle programs in Maryland in an effort to make bicycling a true transportation alternative and to encourage more Marylanders to get out and ride. The goal is to support Maryland’s economy, to provide a cleaner environment and to encourage a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life for all Marylanders.
For more information on Cycle Maryland efforts and Bike Month activities, please visit us on our website at http://www.cycle.maryland.gov/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cyclemaryland and follow us on Twitter @CycleMaryland.