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How much has been spent by the Federal Government on improving conditions for bicycling and walking?

In the years before passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Federal spending on bicycling and walking facilities was approximately $4-6 million per year. ISTEA was reauthorized when the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) was enacted on June 9, 1998, which authorized Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the 6-year period from 1998-2003. After several extensions of TEA-21, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -- A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was passed into law on August 10, 2005, which authorizes Federal programs for the 5-year period from 2005-2009. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) was passed on June 29, 2012 and covers funding from 2013 forward.

For more information, see our section on Funding.

 
YearObligation (in millions)
2006$394.9
2005$399.9
2004$427.1
2003$422.7
2002$416
2001$339
2000$296
1999$204
1998$217
1997$238.7
1996$197.2
1995$178.6
1994$112.6
1993$33.6
1992$22.9
1991$17.9
1990$6.6
1989$5.4
1988$4.9