The number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on Texas roads is on the rise, with pedestrian fatalities up 15% in 2021 and cyclist fatalities up 14%.
As Texas seeks to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, TxDOT is providing approximately $250 million in federal funding to build sidewalks, bike lanes, public paths, and other projects to improve walking and biking across the state.
“Making it safer and easier to walk and bike is an important part of our Connecting You to Texas mission,” TxDOT Transportation Commissioner Robert Vaughn said in a press release. “I am thrilled to see this increase in funding, which will help communities achieve significant improvements for their citizens. As a runner and cyclist, I know the value these improvements can bring to Texans so they can work, run errands, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Texas.”
TxDOT will be hosting virtual workshops to help municipalities and organizations apply for this funding.
Past examples of funded projects include shared walking and cycling paths in Belton, Thornillo and Van Alstyn. As well as sidewalks to schools and downtown Benjamin, Hallettsville, Presidio, and Taft.