$13 Million in TAP Grants Awarded

On Monday the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced approximately $13 million in funding will go toward 27 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects around the state. Municipalities are required to supply a 20% local match for the projects. Along with traditional trail projects and sidewalks, the grants include funding to expand bike sharing from Milwaukee into Shorewood, Wauwatosa and West Allis and for Safe Routes to School Programs around the state.

TAP grants help pay for Safe Routes to School programs at Milwaukee Public Schools. Here you see one of our Bike Fed bike/walk instructors teaching bicycle handling skills on the playground. We then take kids onto a street blocked off from traffic and finally on rides in traffic.

Specific to the Bike Fed, $445,000 to fund Milwaukee Public Schools’ Safe Routes to School Program. Through that program, instructors from the Wisconsin Bike Fed have been contracted to bring bikes to schools and teach thousands of MPS kids how to walk and bike legally and safely.

TAP allocates federal funds to transportation improvement projects that expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life and protect the environment. Many TAP projects enhance non-motorized forms of transportation like biking and walking.

It is a special treat to see kids’ faces light up when they pedal a bicycle on their own for the first time. Our instructors take time to teach those kids who never learned how to ride a bicycle.

TAP is a legislative program that was authorized in 2012 by federal transportation legislation, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). TAP combines three programs that were separate under previous legislation: Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program.

TAP is a reimbursement program. Local sponsors incur authorized costs and are reimbursed. TAP projects are generally funded 80 percent federally, with a 20 percent local match. Federal funds are capped at the award amount for all projects approved in the State Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) are listed in the table below.

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About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

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