Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a series of planned improvements and opportunities for bicyclists in the commonwealth.
At the event, PennDOT announced plans to unveil a draft of the department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan on May 30 via webcast. The updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Pennsylvania that will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, most notably for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation.
The Master Plan will also identify and help prioritize strategies that increase the number of people walking and bicycling, while supporting safety and multimodal connectivity throughout the state.
“Our priority is the safety of all roadway users,” said Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “I’d like to remind drivers to slow down and give people on bikes the required four feet of passing distance when you see them out on the road, and I ask those riding bicycles to please ride responsibly.”
Since 2017, PennDOT awarded more than $20 million in funding for 33 grants through the Multimodal Transportation Fund for projects that include improvements to bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities. In addition to the Multimodal Grant Funds, PennDOT provided $13.4 million in support for on-road bicycle facilities through federal funds.