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Ride A Bike

Biking is a healthy, accessible and affordable mode of transportation. It offers a reduced environmental footprint with no fuel expenses or parking fees, low maintenance costs, and provides a cardiovascular workout.

With thousands of miles of bicycle routes and increasing focus on improving bicycling safety and access in Pennsylvania, there are lots of ways that you can ride your bike. Check out the state's designated BicyclePA routes and all of the trails and tourism options Pennsylvania provides.

It's also great to use along with public transportation — riding your bike to the train or bus terminal and taking public transit the rest of the way.

Send your bicycle/pedestrian concerns and comments to BikePedPA@pa.gov.

Active Transportation Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has developed its first Active Transportation Plan for Pennsylvania that outlines 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.

Share the Road License Plates Help Fund Bicycle Safety Efforts

The "Share the Road" plates were authorized in 2016 by Act 36, referred to as the David (Dave) Bachman Act, which was enacted in memory of a PennDOT employee who served as the department's first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator.  All proceeds from the sale of the 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 the 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 $112 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 www.dmv.pa.gov and looking under the Vehicle Services tab, then clicking on Registration Plates under the dropdown menu.

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

BicyclePA and U.S. Bike Routes

With thousands of miles of trails and bicycle routes, there are lots of opportunities to ride your bike in Pennsylvania.  Check out the state's designated US and BicyclePA routes and all of the trails and tourism options Pennsylvania provides.

Getting Started Riding Your Bike

If you're thinking about commuting by bike, here are a few quick tips for getting started:

  • Get a physical. If you haven't exercised for a while, you may want to check with your doctor before biking.

  • Learn safety. When you're biking, safety always comes first. Learn more about biking safety and laws.

  • Get your gear. Tune up your bike and get any gear you need for your commute. Find biking gear.

Bike to Work Month

May is National Bike Month (PDF), sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast and here in Pennsylvania.

Bike to Work in PA

Cyclists don't need to wait until May to consider using their bike for a daily commute to work. Here are some ideas to get your started:

  • Select a route. Plan your route in advance and do a test run in your car to look for any potential danger spots. View statewide bike routes.

  • Talk to your employer. Your company may offer showers, changing facilities, bike storage, and other benefits.

  • CommuteInfo offers bike pooling for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties.

  • Commuter Services of Pennsylvania offers information on combining biking and public transportation in Adams, Berks, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, and York counties.