Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, (PennDOT) today announced that it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey.
The plan, last updated in 2007, will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, especially for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation.
"Keeping our transportation network safe and accessible for all transportation modes is a crucial responsibility," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, "We are accountable for supporting and improving quality of life for communities, and updating our bicycle and pedestrian master plan is a crucial step in that process."
Over the next 18 months, PennDOT will use the project website to provide information on the department's progress. The community survey also will be accessible on the site and will play a critical role in understanding the current issues and challenges facing people who walk and bike across Pennsylvania.
Once completed, the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be a resource for Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs), and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, providing guidance to local governments on best practices for developing and implementing regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans.
The plan also will develop a set of goals, objectives and performance measures to guide PennDOT's efforts to support a complete multimodal network.
More information on traffic safety, including walking and biking, is available at www.penndot.gov under "Travel In PA."
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