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Call for Projects - Pedestrian and Bicycle Program

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Open - Applications Due: May 11, 2014

The purpose of this program is to improve conditions for biking and walking and encourage “complete street” type projects that safely meet the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, public transportation users and motorists, and also protect and preserve community environment and character. Recognizing that improvements to these streets and roads are critical to communities across the state, this program provides funds for transportation improvements that support infill and redevelopment, intensify land uses, and connect housing and employment in order to improve the mobility and safety of Washington residents.
 
This grant program is intended to reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or injured in traffic collisions while simultaneously helping to reach the state's goal of doubling the number of biking and walkng trips.

Overview Webinar Slides

Here are the presentation slides from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Program Overview Webinar that was conducted on March 3, 2014.

Eligible Applicants

All public agencies in Washington are eligible to apply.

Funding

Currently $8 million is anticipated for both the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and the Safe Routes to School Program.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Program is a reimbursement program for cost incurred. It is not a “cash-up front” program. Costs incurred prior to WSDOT project approval are not eligible for reimbursement.

Match

No match is required but preference shall be given to projects that provide a match.

Program Requirements

Agencies that are awarded funding must be prepared to comply with the following requirements as part of their project.

  1. Program recipients are required to report quarterly on the status of the project.
  2. Program recipients shall comply with the state cultural resource requirements outlined in Executive Order 05-05.
  3. Projects must be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and provide connectivity.
  4. Proposed projects must be in the local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or in progress to be added to the TIP.
  5. Applications for “Design Only” projects will be accepted.

Project Applications

  1. Project applications shall be submitted online (online application form) OR by e-mail to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov as a Microsoft Word document or Adobe Acrobat pdf file (download: Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Application Form).
  2. Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal: 

    Please do not include pictures, letters of support, or other unsolicited supporting detail

    Submittal Process

    Applications must be received by midnight May 11, 2014.
    Applications must be submitted either by:

    • Online Application Form (required attachments must be e-mailed)
      or
    • E-mail with completed application as a PDF or Word Doc attached (paper submittals will not be accepted)
      Send to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov

    Paper submittals will not be accepted.

    Program Contacts

    Selection Process

    All proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding. A grant review committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations. WSDOT in coordination with the lead agency will conduct site visits for priority projects to ensure project is adequately defined and estimated prior to developing the list of priorities. A prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the legislature by December 15, 2014 who will make final decisions on projects and grant awards. Award announcements are expected by June 2015.

    Review Criteria

    The following criteria will be used to evaluate the project proposals. Projects providing match shall be given preference.

    (a)  Promoting healthy communities by encouraging walking, bicycling and using public transportation.

    How well will the project improve and/or complete connections that establish safer and fully accessible crossings, sidewalks, trails, bike facilities, and transit connections consistent with peer reviewed, context sensitive solutions guides, reports and publications?

    (b) Improving safety by designing major arterials to include features such as wider sidewalks, dedicated bicycle facilities, medians, and pedestrian streetscape features, including trees where appropriate.


    Based on recent state and national research, arterial streets in urban areas with higher speeds, higher motor vehicle volumes, and housing mixed with commercial attractions, transit service, and other pedestrian and bicycle generators are the locations with the most transportation conflicts, collisions and risk.

    • How will the project improve safety, while expanding mobility for all users, especially at-risk populations?

    (c) Protecting the environment by providing safe alternatives to single occupancy driving.

    In order to make alternatives to single occupancy driving safe and viable, connections are needed between and among existing housing, employment, education, retail and recreation destinations.

    • How well will this project support infill, encourage redevelopment and reuse of existing building stock, intensify land uses, and connect housing and employment.

    (d) Preserving community character by involving local citizens and stakeholders to participate in planning and design decisions.

    Recent research has shown that transportation projects on urban arterials and main street highways have a greater likelihood of scope, schedule and budget changes that often result in additional costs. This is primarily due to the complexity of the setting and level of interest by area residents and stakeholders. Research has demonstrated that additional and cleaner up front coordination and communication and engagement of local citizens and stakeholders in design sometimes called ‘Community Design’, can reduce the potential for project delay or cost over-runs.

    • How has or how will this project ensure community engagement in planning and design decisions that will help to preserve community character?

    Other consideration will be given to the following:

    • Project delivery status (planning, environmental review, right of way acquisition, construction plans),
    • Overlap with nationally designated Main Street communities, Main Street affiliates, or National Historic Districts that are also community main streets.
    • Consistency with community plans
    • Consistency with the federal principles of livability (EPA-HUD-DOT partnership) including:
      • Providing more transportation choices
      • Promoting equitable, affordable housing
      • Enhancing economic competitiveness
      • Supporting existing communities
      • Coordinating policies and leverage investment
      • Valuing communities and neighborhoods

    Examples of Eligible Projects

    Design/scoping only projects or engineering projects that help reduce the nearly 400 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists that occur each year in Washington and/or projects that significantly increase mobility to encourage more people to bicycle and walk are eligible to apply for a grant through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. The following are examples of eligible projects and programs.

    Project Development – applications for “Design/Scoping Only” projects will be acceptedt

    • Community design that includes public engagement in planning and design decisions.

    Right of Way Acquisition

    Engineering improvements – grant applications may include items such as:

    • Crossing/intersection treatments/roundabouts
    • Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements for at risk groups (the young, the aging and people with disabilities).
    • Signage, striping, markings
    • Sidewalks
    • Pedestrian-scale lighting
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations
    • Bike lanes, bike boulevards, and cycle tracks
    • Shared-use paths/trails and path crossings
    • Bicycle parking and stations
    • Traffic calming (medians, refuge islands, curb extensions)
    • Providing safe routes to transit
    • Streetscape and frontage improvements
    • Speed feedback signs and automated counters

    This program is not intended to increase motor vehicle capacity or fund pavement resurfacing and pavement preservation elements. However, projects that leverage paving investments will be considered higher priority.

    Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Statistics

    The pedestrian and bicycle collision data is provided to help you complete the application form, it includes location information about pedestrian and bicycle crashes on city streets, country roads and state highways in Washington for the last three years. County data represents collisions in the county that occurred on county roads, miscellaneous trafficways or state routes outside of city limits. The city data represents collisions that occurred on city streets, miscellaneous trafficways or state routes within the cities limits.

    To help complete the application, information is provided on Main Street Communities at the following website, Washington State Main Street Participants - Dept. of Arch & Hist Preservation