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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $3 MILLION IN NEW BIKEWAYS GRANTS TO FUND 23 PROJECTS ACROSS STATE

Governor Adds Millions to Popular Bike Program Thanks to Transportation Act

September 26, 2013

HANOVER, MD - As part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s Cycle Maryland Initiative, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced $3.2 million in Bikeways Program Grants to fund 23 projects in four counties and 12 municipalities.  The Maryland Bikeways Program, which is administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), supports the design and construction of projects that create and improve bicycle connections in Maryland to key destinations, like work, school and shopping.

“To build a modern transportation system that supports all Marylanders, we must seek a balanced approach and invest in alternative forms of travel like bicycling,” said Governor O’Malley.  “These grants will help local jurisdictions enhance their bicycle networks, which encourage healthy lifestyles and play a role in improving our air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change in Maryland.”

A list of grant-funded projects can be found here: www.mdot.maryland.gov/FY14_Bikeways_Projects.pdf

Some of the winning projects include:

  • Baltimore County’s Dundalk Avenue project: $60,000 to install bike lanes that connect to Baltimore City’s bicycle network;
  • Cecil County’s Bikeways projects: $39,470 to install bike racks and signage on bike routes in the Towns of Cecilton, Charlestown, Chesapeake City, Elkton, Perryville, North East, and Rising Sun;
  • Cumberland’s Bedford / Frederick Streets project: $78,515 to install more than four miles of shared and dedicated bike lanes that connect to Downtown Cumberland;
  • Prince George’s County’s WB&A Spur Trail:  $175,000 to construct a 1.5-mile trail that will eventually connect the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail with Bowie State University and the Bowie MARC station;
  • Salisbury’s Phase II Bikeways project: $32,440 to install bike lanes, signage, and bicycle safe inlet grates; and
  • Takoma Park Bikeshare Connections project: $100,000 to install shared and dedicated bike lanes connecting future bikeshare stations and bike racks.

Since announcing the Maryland Bikeways Program in 2011, Governor O’Malley has invested $8.5 million in Bikeways Program grants to help fund 74 projects across Maryland. In MDOT’s draft six-year capital budget (FY 2014 – FY 2019), the Governor added $5 million to the Bikeways Program thanks to the passage of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 – increasing funding for the program from $10 million to $15 million.

“The Governor understands that if we are going to be successful in our efforts to reduce congestion, we must provide our citizens with transportation options,” said Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr.  “Thanks to the Governor’s leadership, we are investing in an interconnected bicycle network that safely connects people to where they want to go.”

With the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems, the State is putting people back to work in the transportation industry with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years. Maryland will create hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and provide Marylanders with the transportation infrastructure necessary to grow and prosper for decades to come.  Since the bill signing in May, Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown have held a series of public events to announce more than $3 billion in new funding to advance key transportation projects throughout Maryland.

MDOT will continue to review applications for additional Bikeways Projects on a rolling basis this year.  The Maryland Bikeways Program grant applications are reviewed with the goal of supporting plans and projects that:  maximize the use of existing bicycle facilities, make needed connections and support Maryland’s bike-sharing efforts. 

Governor O’Malley launched the Cycle Maryland Initiative to consolidate and coordinate bicycle programs in Maryland in an effort to make bicycling a true transportation alternative. For more information on Cycle Maryland efforts and great bicycling resources, please visit us on our website at www.cycle.maryland.gov, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cyclemaryland and follow us on Twitter @CycleMaryland.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is currently updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was adopted in 2002. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland.  Learn more at www.mdot.maryland.gov/BikeWalkPlan.

Contacts:

Erin Henson / Chuck Brown, MDOT

410-856-1025

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