UPDATED: NCDOT Accepting Proposals for Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants
Update: The application deadline has been extended from October 30 to November 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.
The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is now accepting proposals from communities for the 2016 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative.
The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 5,000 can also apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.
"These plans have a positive impact on the economy, health and safety; and are the first steps in laying the groundwork for future projects that promote options for bicycling and walking locally," said Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Director Lauren Blackburn.
This program is sponsored by the department's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch. Since 2004, nearly $4.5 million has been awarded through this program to 164 municipalities across the state.
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.
Plans funded are not for one specific project, but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given municipality. The plans address facilities, programs, policies and design guidelines that encourage safe walking and bicycling.
The deadline for applications, to be submitted electronically, has been extended to Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. Award recipients will be notified by March 2016.
For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Bryan Poole at (919) 707-2608 or email email@example.com.