ADVOCATING FOR BETTER, SAFER BICYCLING

 

LEBANON COUNTY BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION MAP

 

The Lebanon County Bicycle Transportation Map is located at the Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization website, http://www.lebcounty.org/Planning/Pages/MPO.aspx .   This major endeavor has been a partnership with the Bicycle Coalition, the Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization (LEBCO MPO), and PennDOT. The staff at the County GIS office were able to provide important data, experience and expertise.

The purpose of this Map is to inform Penn DOT, our metropolitan planning organization, municipalities, and contracted planners and engineers which roads are most frequently used by bicyclists to reach their varied destinations.

Reconstruction of intersections, adding turning lanes and other road projects should include the needs of bicyclists especially on these designated roads. Close examination of the Map shows that there are many important state roadways that lack four foot shoulders. As these roads are resurfaced and improved, a concerted effort should be made to widen the shoulders. Dieting the travel lanes may be possible. Traffic engineers determine if a road can be dieted. One example of a state road that should be prioritized for improvement is SR 501 from Reistville to SR 422. This section needs shoulders that will make this roadway safer not only for bicyclists but Amish who are using scooters and horse drawn vehicles. Pedestrians will be better served as well.

The County Bicycle Transportation Map is being used as a template to prepare Bicycle Transportation Maps for Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. Their MPO, Tri County Planning –HATS, is working with Harrisburg Bicycle Club members to determine which roads and streets to include in their bicycle network for each county. The HBC Committees have added transit stops and made a few other revisions for the Legends. Within a few months, we can identify a regional network of bicycling routes

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