The Tallahassee City Commission is considering staff’s recommendation to approve the submission of an application for the Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure (BICI) Grant in the amount of $1,000,000.
If approved, the city staff and Blueprint will apply for grant funding to support the additional cycling lanes known as the Downtown-University Protected Bike Lane Project. This is a joint project between the city and Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. If the grant is awarded, 100% of the proceeds would support the project. Any remaining cost of the project would be covered by Blueprint. Additional funding from the city is not required to support this application.
The cycling lane project will upgrade the existing temporary lane protections into permanent barriers along three major roadways. This will create a 2.5 mile upgraded protection for cyclists and motorists traveling between Downtown Tallahassee, Florida State University and Capital Cascades Trail. The project provides connections between Florida A&M University, residential Southside neighborhoods, the College Town District and Downtown Tallahassee.
Previously in 2022, this grant funding was announced by Global Designing Cities Initiative Grant Program. The grant fosters catalytic change in city cycling infrastructures by helping cities implement cycling projects and setting a precedent for what is possible. The grant is mainly designed for cities with 100,000 or more residents who show the capacity for implementing transformative cycling infrastructure improvements.
The agenda item indicates that approval of this project will advance several of the city’s strategic goals including, Quality of Life, Public Safety, Public Infrastructure and Economic Development.