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Maryland Bikeways Program

Grants to Maryland Agencies to Improve
Bicycle Access and Route Connectivity

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Grants to Maryland government agencies, transit agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations to improve bicycle network connectivity and access. Funding may be requested for bikeway design, minor retrofits, and installation of construction of bikeways infrastructure.

The program provides grant support for a wide range of bicycle network development activities. It 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.

Eligible Activities:

To be eligible for funding through the Bikeways program, a project must meet at least one of the following criteria:

-Access to Transit: Project is located within 3 miles of a rail transit station (or major bus transit hub);

-Missing Links: Project 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,”;

-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 Streets: 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 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 important tourist or heritage attraction or central business district (as evidenced by land uses)

Project Categories:

The Bikeways Program makes grant awards in three project categories.

-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 Retrofit:
-For installation of low-cost treatments to enhance bicycle routes. May include bicycle route signing, pavement markings, bicycle parking, drainage grate replacement, and similar low-cost treatments.
-Up to 15% of grant award may support final design for the project.

-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.
-Design may be funded as a component of a construction award.
-For Bikeshare projects, grant award may support purchase and installation costs. Applicant must commit to owning and maintaining Bikeshare equipment for a minimum of 5 years.

Projects are expected to adhere to applicable design standards and guidelines, as applicable. These include:
-Maryland Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), 2011 Edition
-MDOT SHA Bicycle Policy and Design Guidelines
-MDOT SHA Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways
-Federal ADA Standards for Accessible Design
-AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition
-Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Bicycle Parking Guidelines

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143486

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minor Retrofit: Maximum grant request is $100,000.
-Construction: Total project cost typically exceeds $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Design projects and Minor Retrofit projects are expected to be completed within 2 years. Construction projects are expected to be completed within 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-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

Ineligible Activities:
-Recreational route wayfinding
-Print or online maps
-Mountain bike trails or loop trails
-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
-Operations and maintenance of a bikeways project
-Right-of-way or easement acquisition (although expenditures may count towards matching funds in certain circumstances)

The following items are not eligible for reimbursement with Bikeways Program funds:
- Salaries and benefits of full-time staff;
- Purchase of land or land easements;
- General roadway and sidewalk construction, except when necessitated, and/or directly impacted by, development of an adjacent bicycle facility;
- Employee training;
- Paid media requests, marketing and other educational materials except as specified above; and
- General operating expenses incurred as part of the general operation of the government or entity.

Pre-Application Information:

The Maryland Bikeways Program is a State-funded reimbursable grant program.

Applicants are required to provide 20% of Total Project Cost as a match. The matching fund contribution can be in the form of applicant cash, applicant in-kind contribution, a 3rd party cash contribution, a 3rd party in-kind contribution, or an indirect match.

Projects are solicited on an annual basis. The timing of the annual solicitation is designed to ensure coordinated review with other relevant programs.

An interactive map can be accessed from the Bikeways web page and can assist applicants in completing and preparing Bikeways applications. Applicants are not required to use the map. The interactive map shows many of the eligibility criteria listed in the preceding section.

Find the interactive map at:

-March/April: MDOT Outreach to interested applicants
-May 17: FY19 Application Period Opens
-June 14: FY19 Application Period Closes
-July-September: Application Screening – applicants may be contacted for clarifications
-By October: FY19 Awards Announced
-November - Ongoing: Execute Grant Agreements & begin Projects

Maryland Trails: A Greener Way to Go - Interactive Map:

Maryland Sustainable Community Areas:

Designated Maryland Main Streets:,38.4911,-75.8549,39.3713

Definition of a bikeway:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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MDOT TSO Office of Planning and Capital Programming

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland