Lower Macungie Township Proposes Lehigh Valley’s First Bike Lanes

WFMZ TV Channel 69 reports that Lower Macungie Township has approved a proposal for bike lanes on Hamilton Blvd from Kessler Blvd to the Upper Macungie Township Line about one mile east of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Velodrome). The bike lanes will require a Bikeway Occupancy Permit (BOP) and if approved will become the third community to sign a permit. PennDOT plans to resurface the road in April which will allow to economically replace the current striping.

Google Street View of Hamilton Blvd in Lower Macungie.

Google Street View of Hamilton Blvd in Lower Macungie.


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Workshop – AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities in State College

Wednesday, December 10: Workshop – AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities Presented by Toole Design Group

Penn State 2014 Transportation Engineering & Safety Conference
Pre-Conference Bicycle and Pedestrian Workshop
The Penn Stater – Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA
8:00 AM – Noon

AASHTO Bike Guide Cover






Made possible by a Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) grant awarded to PA Walks and Bikes

Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable roadway users, cyclists and pedestrians, are often overlooked in planning, design and construction of new highway facilities. This has been partially due to a lack of detailed guidance regarding appropriate measures and compliance with existing engineering standards.

In 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a memorandum of support for taking a flexible approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility design. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) bicycle and pedestrian design guides are the primary national resources for planning, designing, and operating bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares guide builds upon the flexibilities provided in the AASHTO guides, which can help communities plan and design safe and convenient facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists.

Toole Design Group will cover details from these FHWA recognized guides and how they can be implemented in Pennsylvania to better accommodate safety and connectivity needs for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable roadway users. 

Registration and feeshttp://www.outreach.psu.edu/transportation/register/
Full Conference Agendahttp://www.outreach.psu.edu/transportation/agenda/

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Harrisburg – Eighty-six projects in 35 counties will improve safety and mobility with $84 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund investments from Act 89, the state’s transportation plan.

“All types of transportation drive our economy and Act 89 gave us the tools to ensure our non-highway modes receive the funding they need to maintain a connected transportation system,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “These are vital investments that underscore Governor Corbett’s dedication to improving transportation in communities across the state.”

In addition to the 86 multimodal projects announced, PennDOT is investing $7.2 million in Act 89 transit funding for five transit projects that applied for multimodal funding.

These grants were made possible by Act 89, which increased transit funding and established dedicated multimodal funding for aviation, passenger rail, rail freight, port and bicycle-pedestrian projects. The project funding comes from three state fiscal years of Act 89 investments. 

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. 

The projects require a 30-percent match from local sources.

For more information about the program, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and click on Multimodal Transportation.

Click on the map to select individual multimodal fund grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects.

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Tom Wolf Answers Questions on Biking and Walking

Tom Wolf answers questions on biking and walking

Tuesday, November 4 is general election day in Pennsylvania.

Our elected officials play critical roles in funding safe streets and better bicycling, and it’s important that those who bike and walk get out and vote.

We collaborated with Bike Pittsburgh and PA Walks and Bikes to send a questionnaire to the candidates running for governor of Pennsylvania. In the state of Pennsylvania, 12% of all traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. While overall traffic fatalities are decreasing, bicycle and pedestrian deaths are not. What do the gubernatorial candidates plan to do about that?

NOTE: Governor Corbett’s reelection campaign was contacted several times to respond to this survey, with no response.

Candidate: Tom WolfWolf

Party: Democrat

Website: www.wolfforpa.com

  1. What value do you see is in encouraging biking and walking in Pennsylvania?

As I have toured the state on this campaign, I have been encouraged to see Pennsylvanians all over biking and walking in their communities and on the state’s expanding trail network. The benefits of promoting non-­motorized modes of transportation cannot be overstated. They include the obvious, improved health and environmental sustainability, reducing carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, but also more diffuse benefits including helping Pennsylvanians get outside and enjoy the state’s natural beauty and recreation opportunities. Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation is also a strong economic driver, supporting jobs and tax revenue across the state. For all these reasons, I’m a strong supporter of encouraging biking and walking in Pennsylvania.

  1. Will you set a goal to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities by half by 2025?

As governor, I’ll encourage smart land use planning that encourages safe, multi-­modal transportation options. I will also work with local leaders and citizen groups to address safety concerns.

  1. PennDOT needs to establish a bicycle and pedestrian office that is adequately staffed to:
    • update PennDOT design manuals and train PennDOT engineers in current bicycle and pedestrian best practices,
    • update and monitor the statewide bicycle and pedestrian master plans,
    • assist MPOs, counties and municipalities in drafting bicycle and pedestrian master plans,
    • develop a data-­driven cost estimate of building out all proposed bicycle and pedestrian facilities, trails and bicycle routes statewide that can be included in the Long Range Transportation Plan. Will you establish such an office?

As governor, I will establish a Smart Growth and State Planning Office to coordinate the efforts of various agencies involved in community development, revitalization, and regional planning, and to promote policies for reducing sprawl and creating walkable, bikeable communities.

  1. Will you ask PennDOT and DCNR to set 10-­year goals for the number of miles of bike lanes and trails to be built across Pennsylvania?

For all the reasons noted above, I support efforts to expand our state’s bike lane and trail network. Doing so requires planning, long term vision and stable funding. As governor, I’ll support a comprehensive update of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan to encourage long term planning of the state’s trail network, and work to provide the appropriate project funding.

  1. Will you support spending a percentage of federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds and Pennsylvania’s Multi-­Modal Fund on Safe Routes to School projects?

I believe we need to ensure that students have safe commutes to school. As governor, I will work with local leaders to identify priority projects for Safe Routes to School projects.

  1. Will you support speed camera enforcement for roads where excessive speeding is a particular safety hazard?

As governor, I will work with local leaders and community groups to explore different options for addressing speeding and ensuring that intersections are safe for pedestrians.

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PENNDOT Accepting Multi-Modal Fund Applications for 2015-2016. But Hurry!

Don’t ask us why, but PennDOT is now accepting applications for 2015-2016 Multi-Modal Fund, even before the Agency has announced the winners of the 2014 Multi-Modal Fund grant recipients.

That’s well and good, more money is now available to fund projects including bicycle and pedestrian projects. But there is just one catch.

The applications are due September 24th. NEXT WEEK! 

Head Scratcher

We strongly suggest to any local government that has already applied for the 2014 round of funding to apply again. The anecdotal history of competitive transportation funding shows that less than half of the projects will be selected. Furthermore, odds are that a lot of new project applicants will not be able to turn around an application for this very tight deadline.

The PennDOT press release
2015-2016 Multi-Modal Fund Application


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