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Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The Federal Highway Administration's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program promotes safe, comfortable, and convenient walking and bicycling for people of all ages and abilities. We support pedestrian and bicycle transportation through funding, policy guidance, program management, and resource development.

Each State has a State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and each FHWA Division office has an FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator point of contact.

Key Resources

Recent Publications

Program Guidance

The following guidance is recommended as a resource for State and local governments to support the implementation of best practices.


Federal surface transportation law provides tremendous flexibility to States and MPOs to fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements from a wide variety of programs. Virtually all the major transportation funding programs can be used for bicycle and pedestrian-related projects.

Legislation and Overview

Federal legislation in Title 23 of the United States Code § 217 provides the funding mechanisms, planning requirements, and policy tools necessary to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

Two current DOT initiatives, Ladders of Opportunity and Safer People, Safer Streets, both address nonmotorized safety issues and help communities create safer, better connected bicycling and walking networks.

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Updated: 1/11/2017
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