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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.


Program Overview

Bikeways Program Overview presented at March 2017 Grant Workshops
About Bikeways
Cycling Resources

 

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 substantially within the Priority Funding Area (PFA),
  • 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); and/or
  • Identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT.
     

Priority Eligibility

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 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); and/or
  • Enhances bicycle circulation within or access to a:

Maryland Sustainable Community Area
Designated Maryland Main Street
- Census tract(s) within which 50% or more of householders have incomes below 60% of area median income  (Map)
- 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.
 

Interactive 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


Forms

  
Applicable Design Standards and Guidelines 


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:


Contact Us

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.