Bike/Ped projects are broadly eligible in the majority of MAP-21 funding programs, such as safety (the Highway Safety Improvement Program, HSIP), reduce congestion and air pollution (the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, CMAQ), and broad and flexible programs, like the Surface Transportation Program (STP). Together, they provide huge opportunities for bike/ped investments.
But advocates and transportation agencies sometimes forget that and focus on more targeted programs that specifically address bike/ped -- like Transportation Alternatives. With reduced funding levels bike/ped advocates need to follow the lead of regions like Chicago and Seattle. They have been tapping into the full range of program eligibility for years, and Delaware, which has recently cracked into CMAQ for the first time.
America Bikes' next webinar in our Navigating MAP-21 series will discuss eligibility under MAP-21 and share examples of how it's been leveraged for major investments in bike/ped. FYI: MAP-21 goes live on October 1!