RALEIGH - A group of 13 municipalities from across the state are slated to receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to $390,000 in grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Now in its ninth year, the grant program helps North Carolina cities and towns develop a comprehensive overall strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community.
The municipalities are scattered across the western, central and eastern regions of the state. Recipients were selected from a pool of 20 applications by an awards committee composed of transportation planners from across the state, including representatives of both rural and municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government.
Recipients this year include:
- Duck (pedestrian plan - $24,800)
- Trent Woods (pedestrian plan - $24,800)
- Farmville (pedestrian plan - $20,000)
- Clinton (bicycle plan - $22,000)
- Southport (pedestrian plan - $24,800)
- Wrightsville Beach (pedestrian plan - $24,800)
- Fuquay-Varina (pedestrian plan - $31,500)
- Angier (pedestrian plan - $20,000)
- Chapel Hill (bicycle plan - $57,000)
- Siler City (pedestrian plan - $24,800)
- Boone (bicycle plan - $45,000)
- Gastonia (pedestrian plan - $39,000)
- Mount Holly (pedestrian plan - $31,500)
These municipalities are expected to initiate the planning process this fall.
About the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative
The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and NCDOT's Transportation Planning Branch. Funds for the initiative came from a special allocation approved by the General Assembly in 2003, as well as federal funds earmarked specifically for bicycle and pedestrian planning.
Since 2004, $3.6 million has been awarded to 135 communities through the planning grant program.
To learn more, contact Helen Chaney at (919) 707-2608 or visit the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division website.