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Grant funding supports projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, access and connectivity across the state

Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced $35.7 million in grants for 53 bike, pedestrian and trail projects across Maryland. Supporting projects ranging from expanding and maintaining trails to safety improvements and rebuilding bridges, the fiscal year 2023 grants include $33.1 million in federal funding for 32 projects in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP), plus an additional $2.6 million in the state. funded 21 projects through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Kim Lamphier Bikeways network.

“These grants will provide residents with better bicycle and pedestrian access for transportation, recreation and good health,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “Strengthening Maryland’s network of bicycle and pedestrian paths provides a better quality of life for residents of all ages and makes our state even more attractive to residents and businesses.”

The three grant programs support agency partnerships to improve safety and connectivity on Maryland’s multimodal transportation network. Some of TAP’s remit, for example, is assigned by metropolitan planning bodies. The announcement of this year’s awards comes during the statewide celebration of Walktober, a month-long recognition of the state’s official exercise – walking – and its profound impact on the life of the people of Maryland.

“There is no doubt that safe and convenient access for bicycles and pedestrians is a critical part of Maryland’s transportation system,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. Governor Hogan’s support through these grants will have an impact on East Coast communities. in western Maryland in a very positive way.

TAP and RTP programs benefit cycling, walking and school accessibility

The Alternative Transportation program provides funding for on-road and off-road pedestrian and cycling facilities, environmental mitigation measures, and projects related to the Safe Routes to School initiative. This year’s TAP awards include:

  • $2 million for a segment of the West-East Express Trail in Anne Arundel County from People’s Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis to Taylor Avenue near the Annapolis Police Station.
  • $4.8 million to build 1.8 miles of the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroad Trail, a rail-to-trail asphalt project from Monocacy Boulevard to the Fountain Rock Nature Center in Frederick County;
  • $4.6 million for the Metzerott Road Pedestrian Safety Project in Prince George’s County, for improvements on Metzerott Road from MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) to Adelphi Road; and
  • $2.4 million for the Byron Bridge Access Project in Washington County, creating a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant connection between Byron Bridge and the C&O Canal towpath.

Other TAP grants will fund a feasibility study for a shared-use path to connect West Ocean City residents and tourists to Assateague State Park along MD 611; help upgrade 1.3 miles of Patuxent Branch Trail in Howard County to an ADA-compliant surface; design a cycle and pedestrian link between Nursery Road light rail station and Belle Grove Road in Anne Arundel County; improving safety at intersections and railroad crossings at Cecil Elementary School in the City of Baltimore; and installing ADA-accessible intersection improvements for Hagerstown school children, including countdown pedestrian lights and beeps.

Recreational Trails Program grants help improve and preserve the land and water trails of Maryland’s Recreational Trails System. 2023 FY Awards projects include:

  • $3.6 million to repair the exterior end walls and surface of the 955-foot-long Borden Tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage in Allegany County;
  • $2 million to rehabilitate several bridges along the Torrey C. Brown Trail in Baltimore County; and
  • $5.9 million for ADA-compliant improvements to piers and slipways at Somers Cove Marina in Somerset County, as well as replacing a boat launch and two piers.

Other RTP allocations will fund trail improvements at Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore County for adaptive mountain biking; interpretive panels at Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County; construction of a viewing area and maintenance of trails at Adkins Arboretum in Caroline County; and a study to assess trail infrastructure in historic St. Mary’s.

Bike path grants carry Kim Lamphier’s legacy

The MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network program was founded in 2011 and provides state funding for the planning, design and construction of infrastructure such as bike paths and shared-use lanes. The program is named after the late Kim Lamphier, a Montgomery County native and longtime Baltimore County resident, who advocated for bicycle access throughout Maryland. This year’s grants include:

  • $360,000 for the design of the Frederick & Pennsylvania Trail Rail from Fountain Rock Park to Walkersville in Frederick County;
  • $240,000 in funding for the design of the College Creek Connector, a shared-use road along College Creek between King George Street and downtown Annapolis;
  • $128,000 for the design of a shared-use trail along Good Hope Road to Spencerville Local Park in
  • $121,000 to complete the design of the Martin Luther King Boulevard Side Road in Baltimore City.

Other Kim Lamphier scholarships include feasibility studies for shared-use trails in Gaithersburg, Galena, Laurel, Rockville, and St. Michael’s; bike counter programs in Baltimore City, Rockville and Salisbury; studies for the improvement of the cycle network in Cambridge and Takoma Park; and funding for the construction of a bicycle parking lot in Taneytown.

A complete list of grant-funded projects is available on each program’s website: MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program, Recreational Trails Program, and Transportation Alternatives Program.

Learn more about Maryland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans and other programs here.


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