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The Cycle Maryland initiative is an effort to encourage more Marylanders to get out and ride, and to make bicycling a true transportation alternative.  Cycling is a great way to connect 
to your community, support a cleaner environment, encourage a healthier lifestyle, reduce household transportation costs and enjoy Maryland's magnificent landscape.


March 2017 Workshops - Maryland Bicycle, Pedestrian & Trail Projects

As part of continuing efforts to expand bicycling and walking opportunities in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold workshops to encourage projects that enhance walking, biking, and recreational trail access statewide.

There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested. The workshop session titled ‘MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Funding Opportunities’ will also be offered as a webinar (See Program information below). The free workshops will be held on the following dates at these locations:

  • Thursday, March 2, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
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Sponsored by Dorchester County Tourism

  • Monday, March 13, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
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Sponsored by Hagerstown-Washington County CVB 

The Workshop Program is as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. (2 hour session): ‘Identifying Critical Gaps in the Existing Trail Network’

This 2-hour facilitated workshop, led by DNR,  will bring together local trail interests to identify the projects that will fill critical gaps in the existing trail network. By agreeing on these trail priorities, it is hoped we can continue to create a Statewide trails network that is "second to none". This consensus will help make Maryland a premiere trail destination for citizens and visitors alike. 

  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own. Local eateries are nearby
     
  • 1:00 p.m. (1 hour session): ‘From Plan to Project’ – the Project Development process

This 1-hour session, led by Toole Design Group will offer guidance and technical assistance to potential grant applicants who wish to take a project from a conceptual stage and shape it into a project that is feasible and fundable. This session will focus on the general process for implementing projects, focusing on three illustrative project types. Time is allotted for audience questions.

  • 2:00 p.m. (2 hour session): MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Funding Opportunities - also offered as a WEBINAR
     
This 2-hour session, led by MDOT/SHA, will cover MDOT programs that support bicycle and pedestrian projects. These include the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS); Recreational Trails Program (RTP); Bikeways Grant Program; Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas; Retrofit Sidewalk Program; and Retrofit Bicycle Program. The workshop will cover the application process and deadlines for each program, program goals, eligibility requirements and match requirements. Time is allotted for audience questions and break-out sessions.
 
WEBINAR | Tuesday March 21, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | RSVP


Apply for Grant Funding

The Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration are accepting applications for several grant programs that support bicycle, pedestrian and trail projects. More information and links to the program websites are provided below:


2014 Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently completed an updated Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland.