The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) seeks to improve safety, economic prosperity, and community vitality by working cooperatively with local governments to enhance multimodal transportation options. Designating bicycle and pedestrian priority areas (BPPAs) is a tool to facilitate the coordinated planning of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in areas with a high potential for bicycling and walking throughout the state. This collaborative approach can help state and local transportation agencies focus on overcoming a wide range of impediments to bicycle and pedestrian travel, regardless of facility ownership.
The Maryland General Assembly created the BPPA designation where the enhancement of bicycle and pedestrian traffic is a priority. The Annotated Code of Maryland allows for the creation of BPPAs, and states:
Bicycle and pedestrian priority area means a geographical area where the enhancement of bicycle and pedestrian traffic is a priority.
WHAT THE BPPA DESIGNATION MEANS
Once MDOT designates an area as a BPPA, the process to draft the Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area Plan (BPPAP) can begin. In partnership with the local governments, MDOT’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will lead the BPPAP development which will provide assistance creating a plan for implementing bicycle and pedestrian treatments that align state, local, and stakeholder goals to expand on existing or planned bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. If no State roads are within a BPPA, the local agency leads and funds BPPAP development.
BPPAP development may include but is not limited to:
Local agency's roles and responsibilities will include:
PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED BPPAs
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Local jurisdictions may apply annually to SHA for one or more areas to be designated BPPAs. SHA will coordinate the application review and evaluate resources available for BPPA implementation to determine whether to designate the requested BPPA(s). The BPPA application process and screening criteria are described below.
BPPAP development will require a partnership between applicants and local implementing agencies such as municipal or county level public works or transportation departments. If a non-implementing agency applies, a letter of support from municipal or county level public works or transportation departments will be required.
Stakeholder involvement is important when developing a BPPAP. The BPPA applicant will lead stakeholder involvement. This will include soliciting participation from affected stakeholders and selecting participants for inclusion on the BPPAP working group.
For each designated BPPA, SHA will convene a BPPAP working group including the appropriate SHA district office, applicant, local implementing agency (if different from the applicant), local planning agency (if different from the applicant), and stakeholder participants to draft a BPPAP designed to increase safety and access for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The BPPA designation process includes the following steps:
APPLICATION SCREENING: MDOT will designate BPPA(s) in areas with high potential for bicycling and walking and characterized by the following:
The BPPA Designation Application shall be completed and submitted to SHA by local agencies between March 3rd and close of business May 5th, 2017. State BPPA designation(s) will be made no later than close of business August 4th, 2017. To support designation of appropriate BPPAs, the application will include all of the following elements: (Supplemental information and examples can be found under the section titled Additional Resources.)
If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. Aviva Brown, Assistant Regional Planner
Bicycle & Pedestrian Priority Areas
Maryland State Highway Administration
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
707 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3601
Main Business Line – 410-545-0300
Safety Campaigns – 1-800-323-6742
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