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Separated Bike Lane Guide-page-1Two initiatives to encourage more and safer bicycling options across the Commonwealth were announced today by Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack at MassDOT’s annual Moving Together Conference in Boston.

Secretary Pollack announced details of the Complete Streets Funding Program, which will provide $12.5 million in grants to help communities across the state to invest in “Complete Streets” infrastructure that will support walking, cycling and transit as alternative modes to driving.

The release of the program details, which include eligibility requirements, technical assistance, and the kinds of infrastructure that will qualify for funding, follows a series of meetings between MassDOT, municipalities and advocacy organizations.

“We wanted to design a program that would encourage healthy and sustainable transportation options while also meeting the needs of a broad range of communities,” said Secretary Pollack.

She also informed more than 700 attendees at the conference that MassDOT today released a Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, which will provide planners, engineers, and others with tools to create facilities that will appeal to a broad range of potential bicyclists.

“Many people, including me, are reluctant to bicycle adjacent to busy roadways along fast-moving traffic,” said Secretary Pollack. “That’s where separated bicycle facilities come in. Separated bike lanes are a key ingredient in the development of safe, comfortable, and connected bicycle networks that will attract bicyclists of all ages and abilities.”

The guide can be found online at: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/DoingBusinessWithUs/ManualsPublicationsForms/SeparatedBikeLanePlanningDesignGuide.aspx.

The Moving Together Conference, sponsored since 2000 by MassDOT, draws transportation leaders and individuals involved in the areas of planning, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education. The day-long series of events and workshops is being held at the Park Plaza Hotel.

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