Navigating MAP-21

We are not going to let 20 years of progress in biking and walking come to an end. It's true that the new federal transportation bill — MAP-21 — has slashed guaranteed funding for biking and walking. But thanks to you and thousands of individual advocates who called, wrote, and e-mailed Congress as the bill was being written, we are still very much in the game. Advocacy Advance is committed to ensuring that states and local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking.

Our Strategy | Find It, Fund It! | Webinars | Resources


Our Strategy

Advocacy Advance, working with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our state and local partners, is committed to ensuring that states and local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking.

We have identified contacts in each state to coordinate efforts around the country and track each state’s plan for implementing MAP-21. If you are an individual or a local group interested in supporting the MAP-21 campaign efforts, please email your state lead directly.

Together, we can maximize biking and walking investments -- both under MAP-21's new Transportation Alternatives program and the larger core transportation and safety funds.

How do we get there? We expect every state to:

Click on the links above for one-page descriptions of each ask. We are coordinating our efforts for the best results in every state. See below for information on how to get involved and for a suite of tools and resources to help ensure that states and communities take full advantage of MAP-21.  With your help and dedication over the coming months, the national renaissance in biking and walking will continue in communities all across the country. Thank you for all that you do for biking and walking.


Get Involved

We have identified contacts in each state to coordinate efforts around the country and track each state’s plan for implementing MAP-21. These contacts lead their state-wide effort – often in coordination with other partners – to encourage DOTs to fully fund, staff and implement Transportation Alternatives; use all available eligibility in MAP-21; and spend down SAFETEA-LU funds.

If you are an individual or a local group interested in supporting the MAP-21 campaign efforts, please email your state lead first. They are informed about the most up-to-date information, your state’s unique circumstances, the advocacy campaign priorities and how you can plug in. They are your conduits for action. As always, you can also contact the Advocacy Advance team, and we will assist with your efforts.


State-by-State TA Implementation Status

What are your state's plans to implement the Transportation Alternatives Program? Click here to find out! (Updated 12-1-13)


Find It, Fund It!

Advocacy Advance created an online tool called Find It, Fund It! to centralize and simplify information about funding eligibility in MAP-21. Our Find It, Fund It! tool helps you find federal funding sources for over 20 types of projects. Some of these sources you may know about. Some may be new to you. In every case, if your selected project is eligible then the tool will tell you how to fund it.

Find It, Fund It! aims to connect people interested in getting state and local bicycle and pedestrian projects funded with resources for all federal program opportunities. You can also download the PDF version of the table.



Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 3pm eastern: Going Multimodal at the Ballot Box

Advocacy Advance is partnering with the Center for Transportation Excellence and the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates on this webinar designed to provide advocates with the necessary tools to take a transportation ballot measure from an idea to a winning measure. Click here to register.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014: Funding Innovative Facilities

City officials and advocates are eager to build new separated bicycling facilities and other innovative projects, but it is a challenge to pay for them. This webinar will share examples of how real cities are paying for real projects, including local, state, and federal sources. Click here to register. Click here to register.

Previous Webinars

Advocacy Advance facilitates webinars focused on funding sources and strategies to direct that funding to bicycling and walking projects and programs. For recordings and slides of previous webinars, click here.



Legislation and Funding Tables

Federal Legislation

How will funding compare to past funding for my state?

Current status of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funds


Biking & Walking in MAP-21 

Biking and walking projects and programs are eligible for funding throughout the federal transportation bill. The resources below will help guide advocates and agency staff to access the full range of programs that will help pay for your local bicycle and pedestrian projects.


Funding Program Flow Charts

Advocacy Advance created these infographics to show how federal program dollars flow from congress to your community in MAP-21, and advocacy tips for each stage of the process. 

For more federal funding program resources, including case studies, visit our Resources page.


Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Resources


Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Resources


Understanding the Transportation Alternatives Campaign One-Pagers (Advocacy Advance):


Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Resources

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with populations of more than 200,000, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMA), will run their own competitive grant process for Transportation Alternatives funding. Click here for a list of these MPOs


Transportation Alternatives Program Competitive Grant Processes

Examples of Regional Application: This report is intended as a guide for MPO staff setting up competitive grant process applications. It spotlights example MPO applications that will help regional transportation staff evaluate potential projects for federal TA funding. (Advocacy Advance and Safe Routes to School National Partnership) Download PDF

Sample MPO Grant Applications


General Federal Funding Resources

For more funding resources and advocacy tools visit our Resources page.














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