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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.

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 at least one of the following criteria:

  • Located within 3 miles of a rail transit station or major bus transit hub
  • Provides or enhances bicycle access along missing trail links, as identified in MDOT’s statewide trail network vision document, “Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go,” (click here to view an interactive map showing this network)
  • Identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT
  • Enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a:
    Maryland Sustainable Community Area or
    Designated Maryland Main Street or
    Census tract(s) within which 50% or more of householders have incomes below 60% of area median income  (Map)

A web-based interactive map can assist applicants in completing and preparing Bikeways applications.  As noted in the application, applicants are not required to use these maps.

Project Categories

  • 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.
  • Minor Retrofits
    • ​​For installation of low-cost treatments to enhance bicycle routes. Project costs cannot exceed $100,000.
    • Up to 15% of grant award may support final design for the project.
    • May include bicycle route signing, pavement markings, bicycle parking, drainage grate replacement, bikeshare stations and equipment, and similar low-cost treatments.
  • 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, and other major projects.
Ineligible Activities
  • Recreational route wayfinding
  • Print or online maps
  • Mountain bike trails or loop trails
  • Sidewalks
  • Education programs, brochures and events, except that up to 10% or $10,000 of an award may be used for educational and promotional materials directly related to an infrastructure project


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 : or phone at 410-865-1304.