PennDOT has a planning policy called “Smart Transportation” . They also have a 2007 Bike Plan. Our LEBCO MPO (metropolitan planning organization) has a Comprehensive Plan with transportation being one of the key components. Every other year, our MPO updates its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and funds projects on the TIP, Transportation Improvement Plan. Our municipalities prepare their own comprehensive plans.
As a result, it is necessary for members of LVBC to provide input into these many planning processes and be prepared to respond to plans that fail to accommodate bicycling as a serious mode of transportation in addition to being of value for recreation and fitness. We need to know what bike facilities may solve problems. We need to prevent the many miles of existing and sufficiently adequate roads for bicycling in Lebanon County from being ruined for cyclists to use safely. An example of this is the Connector Project in S. Londonderry Township that has resulted in a dangerous intersection at Forge Road and SR 322 for bicyclists. This is demanding work.
The good news is that the more we study and respond to transportation planning, the easier it gets to provide information and persuasive arguments. Another positive factor is that many communities throughout the country as well as many states are far ahead of us in Pennsylvania. We learn from their experiences with bicycle facilities. On internet sites, we can watch many videos on the implementation and use of bike lanes, boulevards, sharrows, and other accommodations for bicyclists and determine whether any of these, if implemented, will improve bicycling in Lebanon County.
This section includes resources for bike facilities planning. In addition, relevant articles and websites will be included as they are brought to our attention. Responses to PennDOT, the LEBCO MPO and municipalities in Lebanon County will be available for review and your commentary and suggestions. You are invited to recommend information for inclusion on the Planning site as well as your own commentary. Your attendance at LEBCO MPO monthly meetings and at meetings conducted to develop municipal comprehensive plans is so important.