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2017 MARYLAND BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN & TRAIL PROJECT WORKSHOP-EASTERN SHORE
Thu, March 2, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
MDOT/DNR to Hold Public Workshops to Discuss Trail Planning, Project Development, Project Funding and Priorities
As part of continuing efforts to expand bicycling and walking opportunities in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold workshops to encourage projects that enhance walking, biking, and recreational trail access statewide. In March, two workshops will take place to provide local governments and non-profit organizations the opportunity to gather information on state-funded Bikeways, Transportation Alternatives, and Recreational Trails programs. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested. The Workshop Program is as follows:
10:00 a.m. (2 hour session): ‘Identifying Critical Gaps in the Existing Lower Eastern Shore Trail Network’
This 2-hour facilitated workshop, led by DNR, will bring together local trail interests to identify the projects that will fill critical gaps in the existing trail network of the Lower Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties). By agreeing on these trail priorities, it is hoped we can continue to create a Statewide trails network that is "second to none". This consensus will help make Maryland a premiere trail destination for citizens and visitors alike.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own. Local eateries are nearby
1:00 p.m. (1 hour session): ‘From Plan to Project’ – the Project Development process
This 1-hour session, led by Toole Design Group will offer guidance and technical assistance to potential grant applicants who wish to take a project from a conceptual stage and shape it into a project that is feasible and fundable. This session will focus on the general process for implementing projects, focusing on three illustrative project types. Time is allotted for audience questions.
2:00 p.m. (2 hour session): MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Funding Opportunities
This 2-hour session, led by MDOT/SHA, will cover MDOT grant and funding programs that support bicycle and pedestrian projects. These include the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS); Recreational Trails Program (RTP); Bikeways Grant Program; Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas; Retrofit Sidewalk Program; and Retrofit Bicycle Program. The workshop will cover the application process and deadlines for each program, program goals, eligibility requirements and match requirements. Time is allotted for audience questions and break-out sessions. Detailed program information and funding applications can be accessed at www.cycle.maryland.gov .
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This event is sponsored by the Dorchester County Tourism Office / Heart of the Chesapeake Heritage Area