We are not going to let 20 years of progress in biking and walking come to an end. It's true that the current federal transportation bill — Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) — has slashed guaranteed funding for biking and walking. But 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 current Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the larger core transportation and safety funds.
Fully spend remaining funds from the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails programs.
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 Find It, Fund It!, an interactive online tool, to centralize and simplify information about MAP-21 funding eligibility. Find It, Fund It! helps you find federal funding sources for over 20 types of projects. Some of these sources you may know about, while others may be new to you. In every case, if your selected project is eligible, Find It, Fund It! 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.
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): 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.
For more federal funding program resources, including case studies, visit our Resources page.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Resources
Updated October 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 infographic shows 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 Program 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
These funding profiles created for our Navigating MAP-21 Workshops detail the regional processes and policies in place for federal funding sources. They answer the who, what, where and how for each source. All files are PDFs.
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending: An analysis of problems and priorities in transportation planning and what to do about it (February 2014). Read Advocacy Advance's report which benchmarks planned bicycling and walking project spending in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This report, which includes score cards for each state, breaks down how state Departments of Transportation can become more transparent and responsive to community needs. Read the report and score cards.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Funding Programs
First Mile, Last Mile: How Federal Transit funds can improve access to transit for people who walk and bike (August 2014): Biking and walking provide important connections to public transportation. The first and last mile connection to transit is crucial. This report looks at how biking and walking can be integrated with transit and the federal transit funds that can support projects and programs to increase accessibility among people who bike, walk, and take transit. 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.
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.