Federal programs that help communities build bicycle infrastructure:

  • Transportation Alternatives Program – The largest federal funding source to help communities build bike infrastructure, including on and off road bicycle facilities. Recreational trail projects, safe routes to schools, and protected bike lanes. Funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program will grow to $850 million in fiscal year 2020.
  • Recreational Trails Program – The Recreational Trails Program provides funding to states to develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized users, including bicyclists. Annually a state must set-aside a portion of their Transportation Alternatives Program funding. In fiscal year 2017, the total funding for the Recreational Trails Program is just over $83 million.
  • TIGER – TIGER is a discretionary grant program run by the U.S. Department of Transportation that funds a broad range of transportation projects, including helping communities meet the growing demand for bike infrastructure to improving freight movement.