Identifying a competitive ATP project

Eligible ATP project types

Communities can apply for an ATP grant for any (or all) of the following – keep in mind that projects that combine these components to achieve greater benefits may score higher:

  • Walk, bike, and/or SRTS infrastructure Projects: planning, design, and construction of walk and bicycle facilities.
  • Walk, bike, and/or SRTS non-infrastructure Projects: education, encouragement, enforcement, and planning of walk and bicycle activities.
  • Walk, bike, and/or SRTS infrastructure projects with non-infrastructure components.
  • Walk, bike, and/or SRTS Planning Funds (Plans may be required to apply for infrastructure grants in future years) (NOTE that planning funds cannot be combined with other components).
Examples of eligible projects:
    • Development of new bikeways and walkways that improve mobility, access, or safety for people who are on foot or bicycle.
    • Safe Routes to School projects that specifically improve safety for children and encourage walking and bicycling on the trip to school.
    • Improvements to existing bikeways and walkways.
    • Safe routes to transit projects, which will encourage transit by improving biking and walking routes to mass transportation and school bus stops.
    • Secure bicycle parking at employment and transit centers.
    • Development of a bike, pedestrian, Safe Routes to School, or active transportation plan in disadvantaged communities, with priority to communities without an existing plan.
    • Non-infrastructure programs:
      • Conducting bicycle and/or pedestrian counts, walkability and/or bikability assessments or audits, or pedestrian and/or bicycle safety analysis to inform plans and projects.
      • Conducting pedestrian and bicycle safety education programs.
      • Development and publishing of community walking and biking maps, including school route/travel plans.
      • Development and implementation of walking school bus or bike train programs and bike-to-school or walk-to-school or work day/month programs.

Scoring criteria for project selection

Project applications will be scored and ranked by a multidisciplinary Project Evaluation Committee based on the following criteria:

  • 0-10 pts – Benefit a disadvantaged communities, defined by the criteria above under “What Qualifies…?”
  • 0-35 pts – Potential to increase bicycling and walking, especially among students
  • 0-25 pts – Potential to reduce injuries, fatalities, and potential safety hazards for those walking and bicycling
  • 0-10 pts – Public Participation and Planning, i.e. noticed meetings and consultation with local stakeholders to identify the proposed project
  • 0-10 pts – Improve public health by focusing on populations with high risk factors for health issues (including a description of the intended health benefits.)
  • 0-5 pts – Cost effectiveness, i.e. maximizing the safety and mobility benefit relative to the total project cost
  • 0-5 pts – Leveraging non-ATP funds (ex: local matching funds)
  • 0-5 pts deducted if the Conservation Corps* is not consulted to partner on the project construction

*California Conservation Corps can be contacted at Community conservation corps can be contacted at

Next up

Apply for ATP funds for your project or go back to our main page on SRTS/ATP funding.

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