Take a Walk
Walking is a healthy and affordable mode of transportation offering a reduced environmental footprint without vehicle expenses or parking fees. But to be accessible to users of all ages and abilities, especially those who walk out of necessity rather than by choice, adequate infrastructure needs to be in place and well maintained.
To support modes of active transportation, including walking and biking, across the commonwealth, PennDOT's Take a Walk page offers a comprehensive list of resources for citizens, elected officials, and advocates who would like to improve conditions for walking in their communities.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
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.
PennDOT is working to make transportation planning a more collaborative process that supports community goals through its PennDOT Connects initiative. PennDOT Connects reaches into community and transportation planning processes to initiate early dialogue and partnered decision-making about the kinds of transportation projects that will help a community achieve its vision. More on PennDOT Connects can be found on the Pedestrian Planning and Design page.
PennDOT engages in significant coordination with the Department of Health and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to support the planning, design, and construction of pedestrian infrastructure.
Walkworks is program from the Department of Health that
- Identifies and promotes safe walking routes;
- Offers social support through guided, community-based walking groups;
- Helps schools develop walk-to-school programs; and
- Addresses local policies to increase safe walking routes