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NCDOT accepting proposals for bicycle, pedestrian planning grants

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program gives municipalities across the state an opportunity to develop comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The deadline for application submittal is 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Award recipients will be notified in June 2010.

“Developing a good local plan is the first step in establishing comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian programs,” Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said. “With this grant program, it is our goal to ensure that communities throughout the state have the tools to develop plans that help achieve their long-term transportation goals.”

This program is sponsored by the department’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the Transportation Planning Branch. Nearly $2.3 million has been awarded through this program to 92 municipalities across the state since it began in 2004.

Proposals are divided and judged in geographical groups to help establish equitable distribution of funding across the state. Also, the selection incorporates 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. These plans address facilities, programs, services and regulations that encourage safe walking and bicycling.

For more information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, contact Bob Mosher at 919-807-0773 or via e-mail at rmosher@ncdot.gov; John Vine-Hodge at 919-807-0772 or via e-mail at javinehodge@ncdot.gov; or Helen Chaney at 919-807-0780 or via e-mail at hmchaney@ncdot.gov.

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