NCDOT opens applications for bicycle and pedestrian planning grants

Feb. 18, 2020
Plans funded represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality.

Applications for the 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative are now being accepted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). 

The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. All North Carolina municipalities are eligible to apply for a standard bike or pedestrian plan.  

The following options are also available: 

  • Counties with populations of less than 50,000 may apply for a bicycle or pedestrian plan.  
  • Smaller municipalities with populations of less than 10,000 can also apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.   
  • Municipalities of less than 5,000 population may apply for a Project Acceleration Plan – an abbreviated plan primarily focusing on priority project identification and implementation.   
  • Municipalities (and counties with populations of less than 50,000) with a bicycle or pedestrian plan may also apply to update their plan if it is at least five-years old. 

The deadline for applications to be submitted electronically is May 19. Award recipients will be notified by September 2020.  

This program is sponsored by the department’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch.  Since 2004, approximately $6.5 million has been awarded through this program to 211 municipalities and six counties statewide.   

Proposals are divided and judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. Recipients commonly include a diverse mix of municipalities from large cities to small towns, according to NCDOT. 

Plans funded are not for one specific project but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. They may address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and bicycling. 

A short webinar is scheduled for March 17 to describe the grant program and respond to any questions from potential applicants.