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.
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.
Fully spend remaining funds from the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails programs.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014: First Mile, Last Mile: How federal funds help people who walk and bike access transit
Since 2007, federal transit funding has been used to create at least $95 million in bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Transit-oriented development, non-motorized infrastructure that promotes station access, and bicycle parking at stations and on vehicles can all be paid for with federal transit dollars. Join this webinar to learn about the many transit funding programs that can fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements and how advocates can ensure that bicycling and walking are integrated into transit systems. Click here to register.
Ken McLeod, League of American Bicyclists & Advocacy Advance partnership
Joanne Waszczak, Federal Transit Administration, USDOT
Christopher B. Leinberger, LOCUS
Jason Ward, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Public-Private Partnerships
As all levels of government face budget constraints many are looking to the private sector as a partner in new infrastructure investments. Public-Private Partnerships (P3) are seen as one solution to decreased federal, state, and local funds for transportation projects. While there are 7 currently operating P3 concessions in the US, according to FHWA, 12 more are currently under construction or in late contracting phases. Join this webinar to learn what P3 projects are, issues to watch for when they are proposed, and the experience of US 36 in Colorado, which includes a bikeway parallel to the highway. Click here to register.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014: MAP-21 2.0
The current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), expires on October 1, 2014. Join this webinar to learn about how MAP-21 was implemented for biking and walking, and what's next in the federal transportation landscape. Click here to register.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: Health Funding
Advocates and agency staff have traditionally focused on using transportation dollars for biking and walking, but there's another set of funds out there from health agencies focused on reducing chronic diseases and obesity. In this webinar, learn about funding opportunities available from health agencies, how federal health dollars applicable for biking and walking are administered, and steps for collaboration among transportation and health advocates and agency staff. Click to register.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014: Maintenance Funding
Maintenance is an important part of a safe and efficient transportation system. When constructing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure it is important to understand the maintenance costs of those investments and maintenance practices that will make them safe and comfortable. Join this webinar to learn about how cities and states maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities and how those efforts are paid for. Click here to register.
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.
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.
Biking and Walking in MAP-21 (Advocacy Advance): Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-‐21) retains funding for biking and walking in a renamed and restructured program. This sheet discusses changes to the programs and how to access funds under the new law.
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.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Resources
Updated April 2014: State-by-State TA Chart (Advocacy Advance and Safe Routes to School National Partnership): Status of implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Impact on Safe Routes to Schools
TAP Funding Flow Chart (Advocacy Advance): This infographics show how federal dollars flow from congress to your community in MAP-21, with advocacy tips for each stage of the process.
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
Developing a Successful Funding Campaign (Advocacy Advance, PDF) This resource will help walk you through the elements of developing a funding campaign, using examples from Bike Delaware, Active Transportation Alliance and New Jersey Bike + Walk Coalition.
NEW:How Communities are Paying for Innovative On-Street Bicycle Infrastructure (Advocacy Advance, June 2014, PDF): Cities are finding ways to pay for high quality bicycling infrastructure. This report provides transportation officials and advocates examples of how protected bike lanes are being paid for in the United States. Learn about the kinds of funding that communities have used from all levels, including federal, state, local and regional, and private sources, to create innovative on-street bicycle infrastructure.
For more funding resources and advocacy tools visit our Resources page.