ODOT manages multiple
Local Government Funding Programs that invest in transportation projects on state and local roadways. The list below summarizes the primary sources of funding for pedestrian and bicycle transportation improvements in Oregon.
Safe Routes to School: ODOT funding for efforts that improve infrastructure, education, or encouragement to help children safely walk or bike to school. Infrastructure, non-infrastructure, and planning grants are available through competitive application processes. Construction programs focus on making sure safe walking and biking routes exist through investments in crossings, sidewalks and bike lanes, flashing beacons, and the like. Education programs focus on education and outreach to assure awareness and safe use of walking and biking routes.
Sidewalk Improvement Program (SWIP) and Quick Fix: To help ODOT meet ORS 366.514 requirements, State Highway Fund dollars are allocated to each ODOT region for bicycle and pedestrian improvements on or along state highways. Project funding requests are submitted by the ODOT Region Active Transportation Liaison on a rolling basis. Projects may be delivered by a local agency via an Intergovernmental Agreement. The ODOT State Pedestrian & Bicycle Funding Programs Manual provides information on funding levels, eligibility criteria, application, and management process for these funds.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Suballocation: The Oregon Transportation Commission approved $55 million for strategic pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements on ODOT highways in the
2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This is part of a $255 million investment in the Public and Active Transportation Program."
Oregon Community Paths (OCP): OCP combines funds from the
Multimodal Active Transportation Fund (formerly Connect Oregon Bike/Ped), Oregon Bicycle Excise Tax, and federal Transportation Alternatives Program to fund primarily off-street pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS): The ARTS Program is designed to address safety needs on all public roads in Oregon. The program prioritizes hot spot and systemic projects based on benefit cost ratios. In practice, this means the ARTS Program prioritizes project locations that will get the most crash reduction for the cost of the project. Local agencies and ODOT regions submit applications for bicycle and pedestrian projects to support this systemic approach.
Transportation Options: Application-based innovation grants and sponsorships support the implementation of the Oregon Transportation Options Plan. This program provides information and resources to help people learn about their travel options including walking and biking. It does not fund capital infrastructure or service investments like sidewalks, bike lanes or transit services.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ): CMAQ is a federally-funded program for surface transportation improvements designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion. CMAQ funding may only go toward transportation projects in nonattainment or maintenance areas. These are areas where air quality does not meet or once did not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter.
Small City Allotment (SCA): The SCA program is an annual allocation of state funds for local transportation projects. Incorporated cities with populations of 5,000 or less are eligible to apply. SCA funds may only be used on streets inadequate for the capacity they serve or are in a condition detrimental to safety.
Transportation Growth Management (TGM): The TGM program is a joint program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and ODOT. TGM planning grants are available through a competitive application process and can be used for local active transportation planning.
State Transit Improvement Fund (STIF) and Public Transportation Funds: Pedestrian and bicycle improvements that provide connections to transit facilities are eligible for most public transportation funding sources.
Other Funding Sources: A summary of other potential funding sources for pedestrian and bicycle improvements compiled by ODOT and DLCD.
Great Streets: Great Streets is a funding program that addresses safety improvements and increases access to walking, biking and transit. The program focuses on "main streets" in communities around the state.
Carbon Reduction: The Carbon Reduction Program is a federal program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that provides Oregon $82 million over five years to fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The program provides funding for three types of areas: Transportation Management Areas; ODOT statewide projects; and small urban and rural areas. Bike, pedestrian, and non-motorized facilities and micro-mobility projects are among the eligible projects.