Transportation Secretary Eric Fanning said in a statement on Monday that the department has proposed several new strategies to help ease traffic in communities of color.
The department is proposing $300 million over the next five years to build more accessible, pedestrian-friendly corridors, Fanning wrote in the department’s first comprehensive report on the issue.
That includes a new plan to add more than 1,200 miles of protected bike lanes, along with the creation of a new $100 million grant to expand pedestrian-only bikeways in cities of color that already have them.
More:The $300-million grant would help fund new bike lanes in places where they were not already covered.
It also would fund the creation and expansion of pedestrian- and bike-friendly transit systems in underserved areas of the country.
The Department of Transport said it will share a final report with Congress this summer.