Grand Rapids Ride of Silence in Riverside Park. (Photo by WZZM 13's Blake Naftel)
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AWARDS BIKE EDUCATION GRANT TO THE CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS - THREE YEAR GRANT WILL FOCUS ON SAFETY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE SHARE THE ROAD CULTURE
The City of Grand Rapids has been awarded a $485,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to study, develop, implement and evaluate a bicycle safety program over a three-year period.
The program will target both bicyclists and motorists and will have three primary goals:
- Provide safety education and training on the operation of a bicycle in traffic
- Increase the knowledge of the responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists
- Promote a share the road culture
MDOT and City staff will work collaboratively to engage various community stakeholders and consultants in the study, development, implementation and evaluation of the program. The program will be designed so that other municipalities can use the program in their areas.
Officials intend to study and develop the program over the next eight to twelve months with implementation starting in the summer/fall of 2014.
The total cost of the project is $631,653; $485,321 in Federal Transportation Enhancement funds and $146,332 of participating and non-participating match costs.
The match will be provided by various sources including the City Planning and Traffic Safety Departments, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and private sources.
Courtesy: City of Grand Rapids