PENNDOT Looking for Public Input on How to Improve Bicycle Safety

downloadThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 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.”pennDOT-logo

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.

More information on traffic safety, including walking and biking, is available at www.penndot.gov under “Travel In PA.”

PennDOT pushes to”Share the Road”

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The new “Share the Road” special fund registration plate designed to help fund bicycle safety is now in stock and being shipped to interested vehicle owners, PennDOT announced today.

The new plates were authorized by Act 36, referred to as the David (Dave) Bachman Act, which was enacted in June in memory of a PennDOT employee who served as the Department’s first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator.  All proceeds from the sale of the new plate fund PennDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts, as well as highway infrastructure signage for bicyclists with the purpose of wayfinding and/or safety.

The “Share the Road” plate uses the same colors as standard plates — blue, white and yellow, with addition of an image of the shared lane marking including two chevrons, a bicycle silhouette and the words “Allow 4 Feet to Pass.” The bottom of the plate reads “Share the Road.”

Applicants may order a plate by completing Form MV-917, “Application for Share the Road Registration Plate.”  The cost of the plate is $40.  This plate may also be personalized for a fee of $100 in addition to the $40 plate cost.

Customers may also place an order for this plate or learn more about a wide variety of license plates, including other special fund registration plates, by visiting the PennDOT website at and looking under the Vehicle Services tab, then clicking on Registration Plates under the drop-down menu.

The plates normally take two to four weeks for delivery.  For personalized plates, allow eight to 10 weeks for delivery.