Governor Larry Hogan announced that $3.8 million will be made available for each of the next two years for the Bikeways Network Program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Bikeways Network Program provides funding for bikeways throughout Maryland.
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The bikeways program provides funding to jurisdictions and organizations for projects that support the goals of the Maryland Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. The program helps improve connections to transit, work, schools, shopping and other destinations, and supports economic development, environmental stewardship and the quality of life in local communities.
“The bikeways program is a great way to enhance safe infrastructure throughout the state, and the ability to use these resources will make a huge impact,” said MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater. “I’m thankful for the unwavering efforts of Kim Lamphier, and the action of Governor Hogan to make this funding available. Kim was a fierce advocate for safe cycling and I can see her smiling face as the state confirms its commitment to this funding.”
Administrator Slater, an avid cyclist who was tapped this month to become Maryland’s next transportation secretary, said he is committed to restoring funding for the bikeways program for years to come. The FY 2020-2025 Consolidated Transportation Program being released in January will reflect that initial commitment for fiscal years 2021 and 2022, with sustainable funding levels to be reflected in future CTPs.
Since the launch of the Bikeways Network Program in 2011, 110 projects have been completed in Maryland.