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Grants in High Gear: City Uses State, Federal Funding for Biking-Related Projects

With nearly 35 miles of shared-use paths, 4 miles of bike lanes, and 3 miles of roads with sharrows, the City of Rockville is striving to create, maintain and improve its safe, well-connected network for bicycling in the city.
To do this, the city continues to pursue and receive monetary grants from federal and state government, and private entities. Bicycling-related grants being applied to ongoing city projects include:

  • $60,000 from a federal Transportation Program Alternatives grant to study the feasibility of a shared use path on Scott Drive and Veirs Drive.
  • $280,000 for the design phase of the Stonestreet Corridor Improvements project, which will add pedestrian and bicycle facilities to Park Road and North Stonestreet Avenue. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/2004/Stonestreet-Corridor.

Other bicycling-related grants used in recent years include:

  • $100,000 for a shared-use path along Falls Road.
  • $100,000 for two new Capital Bikeshare stations in Twinbrook.
  • $33,900 from the Maryland Bikeways Program to install sharrows (roadway markings for lanes shared by bicycles and motor vehicles) on city streets.
  • $30,000 through the federal Transportation/Land-Use Connections program, to fund technical assistance for the city’s Bikeway Master Plan.

Earlier this year, the city applied for the AARP Community Challenge initiative to fund bike lanes along Maryland Avenue between Great Falls Road and South Washington Street, and a Transportation/Land-Use Connections grant for a pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Twinbrook.

Learn more about bicycling in Rockville, including maps, information about bike share and the city’s Bikeway Master Plan at www.rockvillemd.gov/bicycling.

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