Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
Active Transportation Plan Draft Review
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has released a draft Statewide Active Transportation Plan (PDF).
The plan incorporates previous feedback from the Statewide Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Open House Meeting, and supports the department's work to improve biking and walking conditions throughout the state. It also highlights topics including: public health equity, and climate change.
The document identifies and prioritizes strategies that will promote more bicyclists and pedestrians, while supporting safety and multimodal connectivity. It will simultaneously serve as a resource for metropolitan and rural planning organizations, as well as statewide municipalities throughout the Commonwealth as they develop and implement regional and local active transportation plans.
Comments on the plan were solicited through Dec. 6. A final plan will be released in the coming months.
Open House Meeting
An Open House Meeting was held May 30, 2019, to present the vision, themes, objectives, and solicit recommendations for PennDOT's Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
An archived video of the public meeting will be available in the comming weeks. Or download resources below:
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 fall 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 - June 2019: Development of alternatives and recommendations
March 2019 - July 2019: Implementation strategy
July 2019 - August 2019: Draft Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan report
August 2019 - September 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.