Have an Idea, Proposal or Project?
The development of a bicycle and/or pedestrian project includes several stages. First, a need is identified either through community input, a local planning process and/or a review of existing conditions. This "need" is converted into a project through an analysis of existing conditions, the identification of goals and/or vision for bicycle/pedestrian mobility, and then the identification of a specific action (a.k.a. project) that would achieve this vision, or at least a step toward achieving that vision. Most communities take a comprehensive approach to identifying how to achieve better bicycle/pedestrian mobility through development of a comprehensive transportation plan and/or a bicycle/pedestrian plan.
Once a project has been identified, the project sponsor needs to design the facility, document environmental impacts (if federal funding is being used), purchase any needed right-of-way, construct the facility and finally maintain the facility. It seems like a long process, and sometimes it is, but the process is designed to ensure the best, safest and most efficient use of money. A variety of funding sources can be used for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Click here to review the Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Guide developed by ITD.
Projects located on the federal aid system must follow ITD's design standards unless the local community has received approval from ITD to use their own standards. For more information on ITD design standards, follow these links
Design Manual (check out section A.15.16)
Traffic Manual (check out sections 800 and 900)
Role of the Individual/Advocacy Group
What can you do as an individual and/or advocacy group? You can help identify projects, act as a stakeholder in a local planning effort, provide oversight and/or services for construction projects, partner with local government as a project sponsor, or act as your own project sponsor.
If you are an individual and/or an advocacy group and you have an idea for a project and/or program, your first step is to work with your local community on and/or your Local Mobility Management Network to get your idea, project, program included in the local coordination plan, comprehensive plan, and/or other relevant planning document.
Instances occur where a project receives funding and is actually constructed without first being identified in a planning document. However, there is considerable value in having a project included in a planning document. There, a project is tied to a need, a goal, and/or a vision for the area. It is vetted through the public (most plans include a public involvement component), it is evaluated and prioritized against other important needs/projects, and potential funding sources are identified.
Project and/or Program Funding Opportunities
Check out the following links below for funding programs administered by ITD. Additional funding programs, along with the ones identified below, are included in the Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Guide. The purpose of this guide is to help identify potential funding sources as well as show how to leverage opportunities. Please note that most of the funding opportunities below are for projects that provide a transportation benefit - not just a recreational one.
Transportation Enhancement (TE)
Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
Know of a project already identified in a planning document but does not have funding associated with it? Let the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator know. Click here to see a list of currently identified projects that do not currently have funding.