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Federal Legislation

Key Bicycle and Pedestrian Highlights

ISTEA: Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (1991–1997)
  • New objectives, programs and planning requirements for bicycle and pedestrian activities
  • State bicycle and pedestrian coordinator offices established
TEA–21: Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (1998–2004)
  • Expanded program funding options & eligible activities
SAFETEA-LU: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (2005–2009)
  • Safe Routes to School program funded to foster safe and active lifestyles for children and youth
ARRA: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009)
  • Additional bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure funding provided to states and communities to stimulate economic recovery

US Department of Transportation: Bicycle Transportation and Pedestrian Walkways Legislative and Policy History