Spending on bicycle and pedestrian improvements by the U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled in fiscal 2009 thanks largely to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), according to Outdoor Industry Association.
The sum includes all Safe Routes to School and Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program obligations, but may not include sidewalks that were part of a larger highway or bridge project. It also includes spending bicycle and pedestrian safety projects and rail to trail projects.
Total federal spending on such projects reached $1.19 billion, up 120% from the prior year, according to a chart published by DOT. The money helped finance 3,010 projects, up from 1,817 the prior fiscal year.
ARRA accounted 34% of the spending, or $405.3 million during fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30., with the balance coming from existing federl programs.
For a breakdown of where the money came from, check this DOT chart.