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Bike | Walk Programs

The Maryland Department of Transportation administers several competitive grant and special fund programs for biking & pedestrian programs. These programs support local economies and enhance quality of life through biking and walking. In addition, the Department provides technical assistance to help local jurisdictions with feasible projects.

FY2019 Bike & Pedestrian Grant Awards

MDOT Announces More Than $17 Million for 43 Bike and Pedestrian Projects from the Transportation Alternatives, Safe Routes to School, Maryland Bikeways, and Recreational Trails programs. 
See MDOT News Release for additional information.

Design and Implementation Basics - Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Recorded webinar offers guidance on assessing the complexity of a project and determining the steps needed to advance a project from planning through design and to construction.

Brief descriptions of MDOT and other state agency programs are provided below. Click on each program’s hyperlinked name to visit the program’s website for more information.


MDOT Grant Programs

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  • Funding: State transportation funds administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation - The Secretary’s Office (MDOT TSO)
  • Objective: Promote biking as a fun, healthy, and environmentally-friendly transportation alternative
  • Requirements: Must be one of the following:
    • 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,”,
    • Identified as a transportation priority in a County’s most recent annual priority letter submitted to MDOT

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

  • Funding: Federal TAP allocation administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) in coordination with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).
  • Objective: Enhancing the cultural, aesthetic, historic, and environmental aspects of the intermodal transportation system.
  • Eligible applicants: Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts and local education agencies, tribal governments, and other local and governmental entities with oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
  • Requirements: Projects must be open to the public and serve a transportation purpose, among other requirements.

Safe Routes to School

  • Funding: Federal TAP allocation administered by MDOT SHA.
  • Objective: Supporting infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities that enable and encourage children to safely walk, bicycle or roll to school.
  • Requirements: 20% cash match, must benefit elementary and middle school children in grades K-8, and must be located within a 2-mile radius of a school.

Recreational Trails Program

  • Funding: Federal TAP allocation administered by MDOT SHA.
  • Objective: Developing community-based, motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects.
  • Eligible applicants: county or municipal governments, or non-profit organizations (non-governmental agencies must secure an appropriate government agency as a co-sponsor).
  • Preferred projects: Connect communities with natural/cultural areas or tourism areas, have broad-based community support, link or complete existing trails, mitigate impacts on the natural environment, and involve youth conservation corps or service groups.

Highway Safety Grants Program

  • Funding: Federal allocation administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA).
  • Objective: Reducing the number of motor vehicle-related crashes, deaths, and injuries on Maryland roadways.
  • Eligible applicants: state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education.
  • Requirements: Match one of the top safety priorities and implement the strategies identified in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

MDOT Planning Support

Bicycle Pedestrian Priority Areas (BPPAs)

  • Objective: facilitate the coordinated planning of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in areas with a high potential for bicycling and walking.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

Pedestrian Road Safety Audit (PRSA) Program

  • Objective: Reduce pedestrian crash incident rates through education, enforcement, and engineering solutions.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

MDOT Additional Funding Programs

Bicycle and Pedestrian System Preservation Programs

Sidewalk Reconstruction for Pedestrian Access (Fund 33)

  • Objective: Upgrades existing pedestrian facilities along state highways to meet Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the MDOT SHA Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways.
  • Requirements: Projects may be requested by the local jurisdiction and provide access to pedestrian generators within 1/2 mile. Projects are not limited to PFAs and have no local funding requirement.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

New Sidewalk Construction for Pedestrian Access (Fund 79)

  • Objective: Supports construction of new sidewalks along the state highway system where none were previously provided.
  • Requirements: Projects must be requested by the local jurisdiction. All areas are eligible. Areas outside PFAs require a 50% construction match requirement; PFAs and Sustainable Communities are subject to lower or no match requirements.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

Bicycle Retrofit (Fund 88)

  • Objective: Supports on and off-road bicycle facilities along the state highway system to promote connectivity or address safety concerns.
  • Requirements: No match is required for on road facilities; off road facilities are subject to the same match requirements of the New Sidewalk Construction Program.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

Urban Reconstruction Program

  • Objective: highway reconstruction and improvements that promote safety and economic development along SHA roadways within urban centers.
  • Requirements: Projects must be located within a Priority Funding Area, and Sustainable Communities are given preference.
  • Administered by MDOT SHA.

Other Programs

Program Open Space

  • Objective: Provides financial and technical assistance to local subdivisions for the planning, acquisition, and/or development of recreational land or open space areas.
  • Administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Transportation/Land Use Connections (TLC) Program

  • Objective: Provides free technical assistance for local jurisdictions in planning matters relating to coordination of transportation and land use.
  • Components:
    1. TLC Technical Assistance
    2. Federal Transportation Alternatives/Surface Transportation Program Set-Aside (TAP)
    3. Peer Exchange Network (TLC PeerX)
  • Administered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)

  • Objective: Improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within Federal lands.
  • Eligible applicants: State, county, tribal, or city government agencies that own or maintain the transportation facility.
  • Administered by Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division

Maryland Heritage Areas Program

  • Funding: state funds governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust.
  • Objective: provide technical and financial assistance to help protect and enhance heritage resources within certified heritage areas, to improve quality of life for residents and maximize economic development through heritage tourism.
  • Eligible applicants: county and local governments, non-profit organizations, heritage tourism organizations, and institutions of higher education.



Additional information about funding and technical assistance can be found via the Maryland InfoPortal: