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Bikeways Program

The Bikeways Program provides grant support for a wide range of bicycle network development activities. 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. The Bikeways Program seeks to leverage past investments in bicycle facilities, complement existing State, local, and federal programs, and support Maryland’s bikesharing efforts. It supports the Cycle Maryland initiative to promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation alternative that is great for our environment.

Apply for FY2020 Funding

Bikeways Program Grant Awards            

FY2019 Bikeways Program Grant Awards were announced on September 26th, 2018. See the links below for details. 

FY2019  Project List | Project Map (PDF) | Project Map (Interactive)
FY2018  Project List | Project Map
FY2017  Project List
FY2016  Project List
FY2015  Project List
FY2014  Project List
FY2013  Project List

Who Can Apply

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

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding through the Bikeways program, a project must meet one (1) eligibility criteria at a minimum.

  • Access to Transit: project is located within 3 miles of a rail transit station or major bus transit hub
  • Missing Link: project provides bicycle access along missing trail links, as identified in MDOT’s statewide trail network vision document, “Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go”
  • County Priority: project is identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT
  • Sustainable Community: project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to, a Maryland Sustainable Community area
  • Main Street: project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to, a designated Maryland Main Street
  • Access to Low Income area: project enhances bicycle circulation within, or access to, a Census tract(s) within which 50% or more of householders have incomes below 60% of area median income
  • Access to Points of Interest: Project enhances bicyclist access to a major institution (e.g. university) OR to an important tourist or heritage attraction OR to a central business district (as evidenced by land uses)

See Eligible Areas Interactive Map

Project Types

  • Design 
    • For completion of Design Plans 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.
  • Construction
    • For construction or installation of bikeways infrastructure.
    • May include transportation trails, side-use paths, bicycle and pedestrian shared-use bridges, cycle tracks, bicycle lanes, bikeshare station installation, and other major projects.
  • Minor Retrofits 
    • ​​For installation of low-cost treatments to enhance bicycle routes.
    • May include bicycle route signing, pavement markings, bicycle parking, drainage grate replacement, and similar low-cost treatments.
    • Maximum grant award for this project type is $100,000.

Matching Fund Requirements

  • Grantees are required to provide a minimum of 20 percent of total project cost as match. The matching fund contribution can be in the form of cash, an in-kind contribution, or a 3rd party contribution.

Forms

Applicable Design Standards and Guidelines 


Contact Us

For more information, please contact the MDOT TSO Office of Planning and Capital Programming by e-mail at : MDBikeways@mdot.state.md.us or phone at 410-865-1304.