Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was recently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of more than 1,132 Bicycle Friendly Businesses nationwide. The department achieved a Bronze-level designation for its efforts at and around the Commonwealth Keystone Building on North Street in Harrisburg.
The department was evaluated based on engineering, encouragement, education and evaluation/planning criteria related to employees and customers bicycling to the facility. Among the noted efforts were 30 total bicycle parking spaces in or around the building; the department’s participation in public education on safe bicycling along with partnering on improved bicycling conditions; and changing and shower facilities in the building.
Further supporting safety education, PennDOT actively participates in and helps organize events for Bike to Work Day and other events during National Bike to Work month, typically held in May each year. The department provides statewide information on bicycling safety through its safety website, www.JustDrivePA.org, and other resources.
Also noted was the department’s ongoing construction project to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities, pedestrians and bicyclists. The project will reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian visibility on Commonwealth Avenue between Forster Street and Walnut Street, North Street between Commonwealth Avenue and Third Street, Third Street in front of the Capitol steps, and Aberdeen Street from Walnut Street to the Harrisburg Transportation Center.
Improvements include raised pedestrian crosswalks at frequent mid-block crossing locations along Commonwealth Avenue and North Street reduced pedestrian crossing distances through the use of curb bulb-outs at key intersections a raised intersection at North Street and Commonwealth Avenue and improved signage and pavement markings, including a bicycle lane on North Street.
Moving forward, the department will have access to tools and technical assistance from the League for future consideration. To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program, visit www.bikeleague.org/business.