Facts about PedNet

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Here’s another reason to get out of your car...

Columbia was selected in July to get a huge grant, $22 million, to encourage you to get on your bike or get walking...

So let’s learn a little more...

What is the $22 million for?

- The money will be used in Columbia for a pedestrian and bicycle transportation network, PedNet, which will increase the number of nonmotorized pathways in the city, such as bike lanes, sidewalks and trails.

Where does the money come from and who else gets them?

- It is from a Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The funds were secured in legislation for Columbia by U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. Columbia is one of four cities in the country to be chosen as a pilot program site.

Why was Columbia chosen?

- Sen. Bond said, “The City of Columbia has long been a leader in supporting alternative means of transportation.” Hesaid, “In addition to encouraging walking and bicycling to reduce congestion and pollution, this project will promote healthy living for area residents. I am pleased I was able to secure funding to make this innovative program a reality.”


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