In late July, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) announced “the availability of $1.125 million in local Bicycle and Pedestrian Measure B sales tax funds for the deployment of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program (RRGP) to support Alameda County’s economic recovery and regrowth from the impacts of COVID-19.
Program funds are designated for quick-build transportation improvement projects that support improved bicycle and pedestrian accessibility to local businesses.
The Program goals are to:
- Create, expand and improve bicycle/pedestrian access to local business, restaurants and employment centers
- Restore local economic activity
- Promote physical social distancing, enhanced mobility and open spacing along transportation corridors to business districts and employment centers
- Enhance public health through transportation improvements that mitigates the risk and spread of COVID-19
This non-competitive funding opportunity offers eligible recipients a single, maximum grant award of up to $75,000 for bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvements that achieve the aforementioned program goals. All eligible jurisdictions that propose an eligible project with the required matching funds (50 percent) will receive program funding.”
The City of Oakland applied to the grant program and its application was recommended to the Alameda County Technical Advisory Committee (ACTAC) on 29 October 2020.
Oakland’s project is for “Citywide Bicycle/Pedestrian Rapid Response Enhancements“: Enhance existing, temporary safety installations with more durable improvements, including signage, striping, markers and modular curb to build on Oakland’s Slow Streets “Essential Places” and “Rapid Response” programs. The project was previously presented at the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting as the “Active Transportation Enhancement Project”.
View the memo to the ACTAC below or download it here.