Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for the development of comprehensive plans to provide facilities for biking, walking or a combination of both.
"Since 2004, the state has awarded nearly $4.6 million through this program to 173 municipalities across the state," said Ed Johnson, interim director of the department's Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. "We are proud that the program benefits cities and communities of all sizes."
Plans funded must represent a broad strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a community rather than a single project. Applications should address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and biking.
Cities with populations below 5,000 can apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans. Communities of any size may apply for the development of a corridor/area plan. Counties with a population of less than 35,000 may apply on behalf of their cities or unincorporated areas for a bicycle or pedestrian plan.
The deadline for application is Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Award recipients will be notified by March 2017.
Proposals are divided and judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. The selected awardees commonly incorporate a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns.
For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Nick Scheuer at (919) 707-2608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.