This would have cost extra money, of course, but there was no effort to show LVBC why this would be cost prohibitive. In 2017-2018, four miles of US 422 will be resurfaced. This is an opportunity to realign how the existing roadway space can be allocated to provide more safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2015, LVBC Board agreed to spend $5700, 1/2 the cost, to contract with Toole Design Group, a professional bike/ped design firm, and we sought the other 1/2 from LEBCO MPO, the County, or Penn DOT District 8. TDG would provide a study and recommendations for the US 422 corridor west of the City. None showed an interest. We have to give significant credit to Penn DOT Central Office, Multi Modal Deputate for offering to fund an entire county bike ped plan Without a professional plan, LVBC members have to become more knowledgeable if there are going to be improvements. For advice, we turn to the Federal Highway Administration where there are very responsive staff. The FHWA has become increasingly engaged in determining how best to improve transportation for bicyclists and pedestrians. A Transportation Specialist in the Office of Safety has recommended the following 3 documents.
She writes: “ take a look at our FHWA Road Diet Informational Guide. http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/ It provides a lot of great information on how states and locals are reconfiguring their roadways to improve safety and accommodate all roadway users. The FHWA Office of Planning and Human Environment just released an amazing Workbook for Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/resurfacing/ that may be of interest. It provides an overview of many options available to incorporate on-road bicycle facilities during the pavement cycle. We’ve also developed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding, Design, and Environmental Review: Addressing Common Misconceptions... http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/guidance/misconceptions.cfm I hope these documents are helpful.” Please save these documents, read them, refer to them when you advocate for safer bicycling in our region. Recommend these documents to your municipalities, and your MPO – yours might be LEBCO MPO, Tri County (Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry) , Berks, Lancaster, Adams, Franklin, or York. Maybe they are already using them! If you have other recommendations, please share and we’ll build an advocate’s tool box of resources.