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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, fill missing links in the state’s bicycle network, and enhance 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 promote biking as a fun, healthy transportation mode.

Bikeways Program Grant Awards | (Interactive Map)       

FY2020  Project List | Project Map (PDF)
FY2019  Project List | Project Map (PDF) 
FY2018  Project List | Project Map (PDF)
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, automated bicycle counters, 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.

Letter of Intent

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to inform the Bikeways Program of the organization’s interest in applying for Bikeways funding.  The purpose of the letter of intent is to inform MDOT of the organization’s interest and provide guidance to the Bikeways staff on how many organizations will apply for funding.  Letters of intent may also provide an opportunity for MDOT Bikeways staff to discuss the applicant’s project and ensure that key elements are included in the submitted application.   The letter of intent is not a prerequisite to a Bikeways application.  Letters of intent may be submitted to MDOT by email at MDbikeways@mdot.maryland.gov. The letter of intent should include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Description (purposes, multimodal connections, affected neighborhoods and other relevant information)
  • Physical Limits of Project
  • Anticipated Total Project Estimate - The estimate does not have to be finalized. Estimates can be preliminary to reflect the anticipated costs of project tasks
  • Anticipated Bikeways Funding Request Amount; and
  • Contact information of likely project applicant including name, title, organization, email address and phone number.

For the FY2021 grant cycle, letters of intent will be accepted from December 2, 2019 to April 2, 2020 with applications due May 22, 2020.

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.