Ten municipalities from across the state were notified in June that they would receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning thanks to a $283,500 funding allocation from the N.C. Department of Transportation's Planning Grant Initiative. Now in its ninth year, the grant program helps North Carolina cities and towns develop a comprehensive overall strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community. For the first time this year the program offered grants for a Comprehensive Joint Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
The municipalities are chosen from across the western, central and eastern regions of the state. Recipients were selected from a pool of 12 applications by an awards committee composed of transportation planners from across the state, including representatives of both rural areas and municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government.
Recipients this year include:
Nags Head/Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan/$24,000
Southern Shores/Pedestrian Plan/$28,000
Ocean Isle Beach/Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan/$24,000
Pleasant Garden/Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan/$40,000
Jonesville/Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan/$24,800
Forest City/Pedestrian Plan/$22,000
These municipalities are expected to initiate the planning process this fall.
About the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative
The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch. Funds for the initiative came from a special allocation approved by the General Assembly in 2003, as well as federal funds earmarked specifically for bicycle and pedestrian planning.