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WILMAPCO approves $6.4 million for statewide bike and pedestrian improvements
For 20 years, from 1992 until 2011, not one dime of federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program money had ever been spent on a cycling project in Delaware. Last September, however, WILMAPCO voted to program $480,000 of FY2012 federal CMAQ funds for the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway. View the League of American Bicyclists blog post from last September on that breakthrough HERE.
At the time, Bike Delaware said this was a hopeful precedent for the future in Delaware, and Thursday evening that proved to be true when the WILMAPCO Council agreed to drastically reprogram Delaware’s FY2012 CMAQ program and add another $6.4 million for “Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Statewide.” That $6.4 million (statewide) is on top of the earlier $480,000 for the Wilmington-New Castle Greenway.
Between 1992 and 2011, Delaware spent 0% of its available federal CMAQ funds on cycling. In 2012, however, bike/ped now is 70% of Delaware’s entire CMAQ program.
Change is hard. But, when it does come, it can be fast. Here is an updated tally of Delaware’s state and federal dedicated bike/ped spending program:
FY2012: $13.88 million
= $7 million (FY2012 state authorized) + $6.88 million (FY2012 programmed CMAQ)
=~$15 per capita
FY2013: $14.25 million
= $13.25 million (FY2013 state authorized) + $1.0 million (FY2013 proposed CMAQ)
=~ $15 per capita
Note: The above numbers do not include any TE, SRTS or RT funds. For 2012, for example, TE authorization was $4.4 million ($0.9M state + $3.5M TE), but TE here has tended to be used for streetscaping more than bike/ped projects. In contrast, non-bike/ped projects are ineligible for the state and CMAQ authorizations tallied above.
Above: The evolution of FY2012 CMAQ programming.