Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
Project Overview and Goals
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is developing an updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Pennsylvania that will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, most notably for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation. The Master Plan will also identify and help prioritize strategies that increase the number of people walking and bicycling, while supporting safety and multimodal connectivity throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be developed during 2018 and completed by spring 2019. The public will be continuously engaged during the PennDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan project through an online project survey and interactive webinars.
Once completed, the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be a resource for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs), and Municipalities throughout Pennsylvania providing guidance to local governments as they develop and implement regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans.
Additional goals of the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan goals include:
- Develop goals, objectives, and performance measures for biking and walking;
- Make additional program and policy recommendations beyond those made in the Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee Bicycle and Pedestrian Study (TAC Study) to the State Transportation Commission (STC); and
- Provide guidance on ways to improve local pedestrian and bicycle planning and design efforts.
The Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be developed over 18 months and is anticipated to be completed in spring 2019. The timeline below shows the major tasks and milestones to be accomplished over the course of the Master Plan.
November 2017—March 2018: Review of existing conditions and needs
March 2018—May 2018: Identifying a vision for walking and bicycling in Pennsylvania
May 2018—August 2018: Development of alternatives and recommendations
August 2018—October 2018: Draft Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan report
October 2018—December 2018: Implementation strategy
December 2018—March 2019: Final Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan report & executive summary
During the spring and summer of 2018, a project survey was posted on this site and shared throughout the state. An overwhelming number of responses were collected – more than 13,000 – and these surveys are currently being analyzed to be included in the Master Plan. Thank you to all who participated in the project survey. We look forward to sharing the results with you in the future.
Public participation is an essential component to help develop a Master Plan that will address the needs of Pennsylvania’s bicycle and pedestrian community. All members of the public are encouraged to view the interactive webinars and informational presentations that will be held over the course of the project. Links to the webinars will be provided here after they take place.