TRANSPORTATION: $8.8M available for region's bike, pedestrian paths

Article written by Chris Nichols on July 9, 2012 in the NC Times

Cities across San Diego County have one more week to apply for $8.8 million in grants for
bicycle and pedestrian projects, the region's planning agency said this week.

Applications are due July 17 for the Active Transportation Grant Program, run by the San Diego
Association of Governments. That agency plans and helps finance the region's road, freeway
and mass transit networks.

Eligible projects include new bicycle paths and striping, new sidewalks, high visibility crosswalks,
roundabouts and traffic circles, according to the agency. The program's goal is to promote "complete
streets," providing travel choices for residents and connections between transit, retail and job centers
plus schools, parks and other gathering spots.

While the $8.8 million total might not be much, it is a start, said Andy Hanshaw, executive director
of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

He noted the future for the region's bike and pedestrian paths is bright, given the $4 billion set aside
for those projects by the last fall in the planning agency's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.

"It's about making connections, now and in the future, in North County," Hanshaw added.

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