Baltimore’s bike network is about to get a significant boost.
The Colorado-based bike advocacy group PeopleForBikes yesterday announced Baltimore is one of 10 cities around the United States that will receive a yearly $200,000 grant as part of its new “Big Jump” program. The money will be used to improve the city’s burgeoning bike network and access to bicycles for city residents.
“This program is a huge step forward in the national conversation about biking,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh in a statement. “The city is eager to build stronger and healthier communities that are centered around active transportation.”
Specifically, the city will use the money to support bike networks in Central and West Baltimore and to increase ridership in various neighborhoods over the next several years.
The city of Baltimore applied for the money with support from more than a dozen groups and firms from around the city, including Bikemore, the Central Baltimore Partnership, Hekemian & Co. Inc. and Innovation Village. All of the supporting groups that have also pledged a total of $50,000 in matching funds.
Liz Cornish, executive director of Bikemore, said in a release that PeopleforBikes’ new grant program “encourages the city to provide alternative transportation choices to residents at a time when things like public health inequity, environmental injustice, and economic disparity are preventing our city from achieving progress.”
Baltimore has been ramping up its options for the biking community over the past year. Last fall, the city launched its bike share program. The city also built a new bicycle track on Maryland Avenue, which PeopleForBikes highlighted in its annual “best new bikes lanes” list in December.
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