The Benchmarking Project’s data on federal funding for biking and walking have been updated.
Data on the use of federal transportation funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a decrease in funds spent on biking and walking in 2020 compared to 2019.
While the overall trend for the last decade broadly shows more federal funds are being used on bicycling and walking projects, there has been a notable drop-off in the number of projects reported since the passage of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
It is not uncommon to see spending of federal funds slow as a transportation bill nears its expiration due to uncertainty related to future funding. The League of American Bicyclists is closely following developments in Congress for the next bill that will replace the FAST Act and you can follow those developments at the League’s blog: https://bikeleague.org/blog.
States have considerable flexibility in using federal funds and the state data on the use of federal funds has also been updated.