Policy Ideas

At Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes, we are always looking for new ways to make the state’s programs and policies more friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians. We want to identify best practices from across the globe and to adapt them for state.

Look to the right for links to our current policy ideas.

These are living documents that will evolve as the policy does.

 
Many things are working in Pennsylvania, and we need to build on these successes.

  • 2.6 million Pennsylvanians will bicycle at least once a month this summer!
  • Pennsylvania has more rail-trails than any other state and has the 4th highest number of rail-trail miles! We have 146 rail trails totaling nearly 1,413 miles. In addition, 56 more trails and 428 miles are under development.
  • 13.8% of Pittsburghers walk or bike their commute, and 10.9% of Philadelphians do. Among the 60 largest cities in the country, these two are ranked number 2 and 7 respectively!
  • Among the 10 largest cities in the country, Philadelphia has the highest mode share of bicycle commuters. From 2002 to 2009, bicycle commuting went up 151% in Philadelphia and 206% in Pittsburgh.
  • Pennsylvania is home to 704 retail bike shops with gross revenue of $277,880,000.
  • Three national bicycling magazines, a distribution plant for Cannondale, and the world headquarters of Advanced Sports, Inc. (parent of Fuji Bicycles and other brands) all call Pennsylvania home.
  • The Allegrippis Trails near Raystown Lake have become a regional destination for mountain biking. In just two years, trail use at this project has more than doubled pre-construction projections.
  • 57% of the visitors to the Pine Creek Rail Trail included an overnight stay in conjunction with a trail excursion.
  • 11% of PA households do not own a vehicle and 34% have only one vehicle. They rely in part on walk and bike friendly communities to meet their transportation needs.

This is the foundation for the future of walking and biking in the state. By using these policy ideas to build on what we already have established, we can ensure a walk and bike friendly PA!

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