New Advocacy Advance Reports: Working with MPOs for Biking & Walking Funding

By Mary Lauran Hall on August 06, 2013

Attention advocates in cities or suburbs: do you know your MPO?

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are arguably more important than ever for biking and walking advocates. Under MAP-21, these agencies are now in charge of distributing Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds to local governments through a competitive grant process. This means that advocates who want to build great places to bike, walk and live will need to work with their MPO to make sure that the process goes smoothly.

To help maximize available funding for biking and walking, Advocacy Advance — a partnership between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists — has released two new reports to guide MPO staff and advocates through the new process.

  1. TAP Competitive Grant Processes: Examples of Regional Applications (PDF)
    This report, produced by Advocacy Advance in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, breaks down the essential components of competitive grant applications to distribute TAP funds under MAP-21. It is intended as a guide for MPO staff who are working on establishing new applications at their agencies — and want to see how their peers are doing it.

  2. Working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Five Lessons for Advocates (PDF)
    Many advocates across the United States have formed successful partnerships with their MPOs to unlock crucial federal funds for healthier, safer communities. In this guide, Advocacy Advance spotlights proven ways that state and local biking and walking advocates can work with MPOs.

Advocacy Advance is leading the effort to assist state, regional and agency staff and nonprofit organizations implement bicycling and walking policies under MAP-21, the new transportation law.



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