On January 23, 2013, PA Walks and Bikes met with Nathan Spade, the Executive Director of the PA Senate Transportation Committee. We met to discuss funding and policy issues affecting bicyclists and pedestrians statewide. The legislature is expected to pass a transportation funding bill in early 2013 and we want to be sure that our needs are addressed and met.
Items that were discussed included:
- providing dedicated funding for walking and biking projects statewide,
- staffing a full time Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at PennDOT,
- providing funding for municipal and county bike plans.
- Bicycle Occupancy Permit and its hindrance to installing bike lanes.
This meeting has been part of a larger advocacy effort that PA Walks and Bikes has been involved with. During the past year, board members have been attending meetings with legislators as part of the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition. The KTFC is a multi-organizational group of transportation professionals and trades advocating for comprehensive funding. PA Walks and Bikes has been asked to represent the bicycling and pedestrian community.
The Senate and the House of Representatives are just beginning to address transportation funding, and we urge you to contact your representatives to let them know that funding for bicycle and pedestrian issues must be included.