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June 11 Harrisburg Rally for Biking & Walking In New Transportation Bill

The full Pennsylvania Senate took a historic vote yesterday by passing a transportation bill that explicitly supports biking and walking.  We worked hard to make this possible!

The Pennsylvania Senate’s SB1 includes:

  • A multi-modal fund of $80-$150 million annually, to which bicycle and pedestrian projects can apply for funding;
  • A minimum of $2 million of that fund must be spent on bicycle and pedestrian facilities annually;
  • The broadening of this funding to include pedestrian safety projects, streetscape & lighting;
  • A finding that describes Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation system to include PA’s “numerous bicycle and pedestrian facilities,” which will make it easier for bicycle/pedestrian projects to compete for highway funds.
There is much to like in this bill for bicyclists, but it faces a tough road in the House. So we are asking you to show your support for this bill.You can show support in two ways:

  1. Join us in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00 AM. We will be rallying on the steps of the Capitol building to thank the PA Senate for passing a transportation bill that includes bike and ped funding, and for continuing to advocate for making our roads and communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Tell your legislator that you support dedicated funding for walking and biking pathways in the state. Send an email to your state representative.
Get involved online by liking the new Walk And Ride campaign on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@walkandridepa).
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The Big Takeaway from Last Week’s National Bike Summit

Last week’s National Bicycle Summit, an annual confab organized by the League of American Bicyclists, was an invigorating and innovative three days in Washington D.C. As reported in earlier posts, the Summit featured the terrific National Women’s Bicycle Forum on Monday. We … Continue reading

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Federal Transportation Bill Threatens Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding

Congress is conferring on the next Federal Transportation Bill, and bicycle and pedestrian funding is still at stake.  In the Senate transportation bill, programs that fund bicycle and pedestrian funding are preserved and improved, continuing to fund projects that benefit … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Ranks #15 Bicycle Friendly State

In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest Bicycle Friendly States Ranking. In the fifth annual assessment, Pennsylvania achieved a #15 ranking nationally. “We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states … Continue reading

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Four Foot Passing Law Goes into Effect on Monday, April 2

On Monday, April 2, 2012 the Four Foot Safe Passing Law will go into effect. The law requires that: Bicycles must be operated in the right hand lane, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of roadway. … Continue reading

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