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DOT awards funding for safer pedestrians, biking

The state Department of Transportation has awarded more than $327,000 in grants to help 12 cities and towns create environments that encourage safer walking and bicycling.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Department of Transportation has awarded more than $327,000 in grants to help 12 cities and towns plan for bicyclists and pedestrians in their overall transportation systems.

The plans help communities create environments that encourage safer walking and bicycling, the DOT said Friday.

Raleigh received $47,500 and Creedmoor, $24,000, for pedestrian planning; Holly Springs received $28,000 for bicycle planning.

Nine other municipalities were awarded the following amounts:

  • Aberdeen (pedestrian, $24,000)
  • Boone (pedestrian, $31,500)
  • Clinton (pedestrian, $22,000)
  • Cornelius (pedestrian, $21,000)
  • Lenoir (pedestrian, $31,500)
  • Spruce Pine (pedestrian, $24,800)
  • Swansboro (bicycle, $28,000)
  • Waxhaw (pedestrian, $20,000)
  • Williamston (pedestrian, $24,800)

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative is sponsored by the DOT’s Transportation Planning Branch and Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

Money for the program comes from a special allocation approved by the General Assembly and federal funds set aside for bicycle and pedestrian planning.

Since 2004, approximately $2.6 million in grants have been awarded to 103 cities and towns across North Carolina, funding projects that have affected more than a third of the state’s population, the DOT said.

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