The new transportation law, MAP-21, gives Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) more responsibility for distributing federal transportation funds. MPOs serving areas with more than 200,000 residents are required to use a competitive process to select projects for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program.
As a result of these new rules, many transportation stakeholders—including MPO professionals, federal policy makers, and bicycling and walking advocates — are interested in learning best practices to effectively integrate bicycling and walking needs into the MPO planning and funding process in general, and related to the competitive grant program in particular.
General Best Practices
In general, successful communities have three things:
- Political leadership
- Capable, and ideally supportive, staff
- Regular funding stream
About Advocacy Advance
“Advocacy Advance is a dynamic partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists to boost local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts. With support from SRAM, Advocacy Advance provides targeted trainings, reports, grants and assistance to equip advocates with the specific tools they need to increase biking and walking in their communities.”