The Bikeways Program provides technical assistance and grant support for a wide range of bicycle network development activities. By building connections to work, school, shopping and transit using local roads and shared-use paths, the program supports the Cycle Maryland initiative to promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation alternative that is great for our environment.
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 missing trail links identified by MDOT, 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 missing trail links identified by MDOT, and/or
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
More detail on target areas, other program criteria, and requirements is provided in the Bikeways Program application instructions.
Types of Projects:
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.
- Design and feasibility assessments of proposed or potential bikeways to assess issues, such as environmental impacts, right-of-way issues, ADA compatibility, local support, and cost estimates.
- Minor retrofits 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.
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.
Program Guidelines and Resources:
Applicable design standards and guidelines include:
Bikeways Project Awards
On October 31, 2016, Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn announced 18 winners of the Bikeways Program Grants. The program is providing $1.97 million for this round of grants to three counties and nine municipalities. This year’s grant recipients bring the Bikeways Program total to $17 million invested in 132 projects across Maryland. A map and complete list of projects is available at these links:
For more information, please contact the MDOT Office of Planning and Capital Programming by e-mail at : MDBikeways@mdot.state.md.us or phone at 410-865-1304.