The impacts of bridge closures are much greater for bicyclists than motorists, and detours to another bridge are often too long to provide any alternative. When bridges are rebuilt, a lack of foresight into accommodating bikes safely can make cycling on bridges significantly more dangerous. Since bridges have a long life span, it is imperative that they are designed with bicyclists in mind from the start.
Poor or nonexistent road shoulders force bicyclists farther into the travel lane and give little room to allow faster traffic to pass. Wide, well-maintained shoulders allow motorists and bicyclists to better share the road.
Potholes, cracks, and other surface imperfections pose a serious danger to bicyclists. A surface that feels like a rough ride to a motorist is a dangerous ride for a bicyclist.
Many Pennsylvanians use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation. They have made this decision for various reasons–to save money, because they cannot qualify for a driverʼs license, for fitness, or to reduce their impact on the environment. Whatever the reason, these bicyclists depend on a transportation system that is sensitive to their needs.
Quality transit service enables bicyclists to extend the range that they can commute, especially when transit vehicles allow bicycles on board and stations provide secure bike parking. Bicycle commuters are likely to use transit during poor weather, and working to ensure the needs of all users is important for an inclusive transit system.
Proposals for a comprehensive transportation system that includes bicyclists
Fully funded Bicycle and Pedestrian Office
PennDOTʼs bicycle and pedestrian staff has dropped from a high of two full-time staff persons in the 1990ʼs to one person working less than half time today. Restoring these PennDOT staff positions would ensure that road projects are better reviewed for bicycle accommodations and would allow PennDOT to enhance statewide bicycle education.
Shoulder Enhancements and Bicycle Facilities
All funding for the reconstruction, resurfacing, and repainting of state and municipal roads should include shoulders. Where the right-of-way permits, the reconstruction should be built to the six foot standard. On roadways with sufficient bicycle traffic and local interest, bicycle facilities should be included in road reconstruction projects. PennDOTʼs bicycle occupancy permit process should be revised to better facilitate this process.
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