Request for Proposals FAQ

Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans

 

 

Q.Our township currently has a ½ mile walking path out behind our township hall. We would like to expand that trail as well as add exercise stops along the way. This seems like it would fit under this grant, I am just not sure how. Would that be considered a part of the Active Transportation section of the proposal?

 

A.Active Transportation refers to any form of travel that is self-propelled, usually walking, cycling, in-line skating, using a wheelchair, or riding a skateboard. Active Transportation also includes cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Please refer to the RFP Section B - Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed.

 

Q.Our township currently has a ½ mile walking path out behind our township hall. We would like to expand that trail as well as add exercise stops along the way. This seems like it would fit under this grant, I am just not sure how. Would that be considered a part of the Active Transportation section of the proposal?

 

A.Active Transportation refers to any form of travel that is self-propelled, usually walking, cycling, in-line skating, using a wheelchair, or riding a skateboard. Active Transportation also includes cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Please refer to the RFP Section B - Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed.

 

Q.We have been working on a "water trail" along the Saginaw Bay / Lake Huron shoreline that will improve access to canoeist and kayakers along the Great Lakes shoreline, and promote this outdoor activity. I would think that this comprehensive water trail master plan would qualify as an active transportation master plan. Is this a master plan that the CMDHD would consider for funding?

 

A.We are using the following definition for active transportation “any form of travel that is self-propelled, usually walking, cycling, in-line skating, using a wheelchair, or riding a skateboard. Active Transportation also includes cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking.” Please refer to the RFP Section B - Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed. We encourage you to complete a proposal that meets the criteria listed in the RFP.

 

Q.Is this grant towards the creation of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan? At this time we already have a Master Plan and are looking for Grants to Fund its production. So would we still be eligible to apply for this type of Grant?

 

A.Please refer to the RFP Section B - Applicants can request up to $17,500 of funding for the creation of 1) pedestrian/bicycle master plans; 2) complete streets master plans; and/or 3) active transportation master plans…. Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed. We encourage you to complete a proposal that meets the criteria listed in the RFP.

 

Q.I have a perfect location for this for many reasons but it is state owned property. I have submitted a request for a land transfer to the DNR land management people for the 80 acre site in our township that used to be a part of a park but I'm fairly certain the process will eclipse the deadline of your program and we have no other property available. Our Township budget will not allow for a purchase of any land.

 

A.Please refer to Section B of the RFP- Applicants can request up to $17,500 of funding for the creation of 1) pedestrian/bicycle master plans; 2) complete streets master plans; and/or 3) active transportation master plans…. Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed. For the purposes of this grant, we are using the following definition for active transportation “any form of travel that is self-propelled, usually walking, cycling, in-line skating, using a wheelchair, or riding a skateboard. Active Transportation also includes cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking.” We encourage you to complete a proposal that meets the criteria listed in the RFP. While you do not currently own the land, you may include as part of your master plan, the intention to acquire this land, and then detail how this land would be used in the above criteria. These funds cannot be used to purchase/acquire this land, however.

 

Q.Is this grant just for the plan...can't be used for any work? … our people really need a safe place to walk, since many walk around what we call "The Block" which has only 1/4 with a sidewalk. We recently purchased some acreage … that we would like to develop into walking and bike trails for the area. We have 3 campgrounds that are quite close, so we're hoping to service our visitors as well. I hope to submit a proposal for this, so I may need a little help since all this is new to me.

 

A.I am not able to provide specific guidance for completion of your proposal. Please refer to Section B of the RFP- “Applicants can request up to $17,500 of funding for the creation of 1) pedestrian/bicycle master plans; 2) complete streets master plans; and/or 3) active transportation master plans…. Funding can be used for planning and community education. Equipment and/or structural costs are not allowed.” Construction/building costs are not allowed, as this is a planning grant. You may use funding to develop a pedestrian/bicycling master plan that includes linking your existing resources.

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