Hogan annonces $3.8M for bike initiatives
The Hogan Administration has introduced $3.78 million in fiscal 12 months 2021 grants to assist bicycle security and entry enhancements for initiatives throughout the state. The funds are made attainable by way of the Maryland Division of Transportation’s (MDOT) Kim Lamphier Bikeways Community Program. Based in 2011, the Bikeways Program offers state transportation funding for planning, design and building of bicycle infrastructure, together with bike lanes and shared-use paths.
“Increasingly more Marylanders are biking throughout the COVID-19 emergency for transportation, recreation and to assist well being and well-being, and it’s crucial that Maryland continues to put money into bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure,” stated Governor Larry Hogan. “The grants awarded by way of the MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Community Program will allow extra Marylanders to expertise protected biking situations and higher join the state’s rising bicycle system.”
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In December 2019, Governor Hogan introduced a rise to the Bikeways Program from $2 million to $3.8 million yearly. The funding improve was made in honor of Kim Lamphier, an avid bicycle owner and a member of a number of bicycle golf equipment within the area who died of most cancers in 2019. Lamphier was a tireless advocate for bike security and a robust voice of assist for state laws to ensure funding for Maryland’s bikeway community. Throughout this 12 months’s legislative session in Annapolis, the Normal Meeting handed a invoice renaming the Bikeways Program in her honor.
By means of the Bikeways Program, MDOT provides grant help to jurisdictions and key companies to enhance security, improve multimodal connections and fill lacking hyperlinks within the state’s bicycle community. Because the program’s inception, each county in Maryland has obtained Bikeways awards, totaling $24 million for 160 initiatives, of which 114 initiatives have been accomplished. This 12 months, the MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Community Program has designated $3.78 million for 19 initiatives throughout Maryland to assemble bike trails, design low-stress, on-street bike lanes and deploy bicycle site visitors counters.
“Bicycle infrastructure is a key part of Maryland’s transportation system, and this grant program permits the state to assist native companions and put money into security and connectivity for Maryland’s multimodal transportation community,” stated MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “These initiatives will enhance bike and pedestrian entry to transit, employment facilities, faculties, procuring and different locations, and assist financial improvement and the standard of life in Maryland communities.”
The grant program permits the state to assist native companions and put money into security and connectivity enhancements in Maryland’s multimodal transportation community. Among the many initiatives, $500,000 is awarded to Howard County for the North Laurel Connections building undertaking, which is able to create a 5.6-mile bike route between Laurel and Savage. On the Japanese Shore, the City of Chestertown was awarded $162,000 to finish building Part IV of the Wayne Gilchrest Rail Path.
Baltimore County will obtain $480,000 for building of the Bloomsbury Crossing part of the Quick Line Path in Catonsville. In partnership with Mates of the Patapsco Valley State Park, Baltimore County can even obtain greater than $50,000 assemble the River Street part of the Patapsco Regional Greenway.
The MDOT Bikeways program additionally offers funding to bicycle initiatives which promote tourism. The City of Ocean Metropolis will obtain funding to handle gaps in its bicycle community, enabling guests and residents alike to bike extra safely to extra locations. The cities of Hancock in Washington County and Snow Hill in Worcester County will every obtain funding to design on-road bicycle amenities and supply vacationer facilities akin to bicycle fix-it stations and wayfinding indicators. The Metropolis of Annapolis will consider and engineer options for key gaps within the metropolis’s low-stress bicycle community. Tuckahoe State Park on the Japanese Shore will consider two former railroad bridges to be transformed to trail-use as a part of the Frederick Douglass Rail Path, a deliberate 40-mile path between Easton and Delaware.
Montgomery County and Baltimore Metropolis had been awarded Bikeways funding to put in automated bicycle site visitors counters. Identical to vehicle counters, bicycle counters monitor the quantity of bicycle site visitors to doc ridership will increase and higher plan for future bicycle infrastructure.
Different initiatives awarded MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Community Program funding embody:
- Design of the BWI Path Spur Extension to the Nursery Street Gentle Rail Station in Anne Arundel County,
- Planning and design of Dunkirk and Prince Frederick Bikeways in Calvert County,
- Design of the Northern Department of the H&F Path within the Metropolis of Frederick,
- Planning and design of a low-stress bicycle route alongside Chelterham Drive and Pearl Avenue in Bethesda,
- Design of the New Hampshire Avenue Bikeway in Takoma Park,
- Design of the Route 413 Hiker Biker Path in Somerset County, and
- Design funding for 2 initiatives in Salisbury: Part 1 of the Salisbury Rail Path and a monitor and bike boulevard/greenway alongside W. Faculty Avenue at Salisbury College.
Detailed details about the program is out there on the MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program website, and the Bikeways grants shall be highlighted on MDOT’s new WalkCycleMD Twitter and Fb pages, @WalkCycleMD and facebook.com/WalkCycleMD.