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The Maryland Bikeways Program supports the Cycle Maryland initiative to promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation alternative that is great for our environment.The Program supports projects that maximize bicycle access and fill missing links in the state’s bicycle system, focusing on connecting bicycle-friendly trails and roads and enhancing last-mile connections to work, school, shopping and transit. On-road bicycle projects, such as bike lane striping, sharrows, and wayfinding signage are eligible for funding. Off-road shared-use path and trail projects are also eligible for funding. Eligible project types include:

  • Feasibility assessment and Design of proposed or potential bikeways to assess issues, such as environmental impacts, right-of-way issues, ADA compatibility, local support, and cost estimates.
  • ​Minor Retrofit including bicycle route signing, pavement markings, parking, drainage grate replacement and other minor retrofits to enhance bicycle routes.
  • Construction of bikeways, generally leveraging other sources of funding, such as Transportation Alternatives, Maryland Heritage Areas, etc.


Only public agencies are eligible to apply for Bikeways Program funding. Program criteria and requirements are in place to target the Bikeways Program to priority areas. More detail on the targeted areas and other program criteria and requirements is provided in the funding application instructions.


Program Guidelines and Resources:


 Applicable design standards and guidelines include: 




To be eligible for funding through the Bikeways program, a project must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Located substantially within the Priority Funding Area (PFA), Located within 3 miles of a rail transit station or major bus transit hub,
  • Provide or enhance bicycle access along any gap identified in the Statewide Trails Plan “A Greener Way to Go”, and/or
  • Identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT.

​Eligible applicants include:

  • Maryland local governments, alone or in partnership with other jurisdictions or private
  • Maryland State Agencies
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)
  • Transit entities operating in Maryland
  • Federal public lands agencies

Bikeways Priority Projects

Reduced funding match requirements are offered as an inducement to projects that address key state bicycle transportation priorities. A project qualifies as a "Bikeways Priority Project" if, in MDOT's judgement, it accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Enhances bicycle access within 3 miles of a rail transit station
  • Provides or enhances bicycle access along a corridor identified as a Missing Link in the Statewide
    Plan, “A Greener Way to Go”
  • Enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a:
  • Maryland Sustainable Community Area
  • Designated Maryland Main Street
  • Census tract(s) at or below 60% of Area Median Income
  • Major institution (e.g. universities, major hospitals)
  • Central business districts (not an official designation, but evidenced by land uses)
  • Important tourist or heritage attraction


Two web-based interactive maps were created to assist in completing and reviewing Bikeways applications.  As noted in the application, applicants are not required to use these maps.


Apply Now!

MDOT generally requests applications for Bikeways Program funding annually, with an early June
deadline.  Check back here for the latest information on current application periods.


Download the Application (PDF) 


For more information, please contact the MDOT Office of Planning and Capital Programming by e-mail at :  or phone at 410-865-1277.