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On June 9th, Bicycle Coalition staff travelled out to Harrisburg to attend the quarterly meeting of the Pedestrian and Pedalcycle Advisory Committee, the august body that advises PennDOT on all topics related to bicycling and walking.

Waffiyyah Murray, the Bicycle Coalition’s Safe Routes Philly coordinator, along with Angie Dixon and Charlotte Castle from Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) presented on “It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science“, the City’s pedestrian safety, education and enforcement program, funded by a 2014 grant from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

We also got updated on the following topics:

1. The Transportation Advisory Committee approved an 18 month review of PennDOT”s bicycle/pedestrian policies.
Now that the review is complete, PennDOT is moving forward on the following:
  • PennDOT’s consultants will conduct major update of its 2007 Bike/Ped Master Plan
  • PennDOT’s consultants will conduct a full review of all of PennDOT’s  Design Manuals
2. PennDOT’s Version of Vision Zero
  • PennDOT’s goal is to reduce fatalities statewide by 50% by 2030.
  • The 2015 Crash Stat document is online
  • dotcrashinfo.pa.gov is a relatively new page where you can search/query for crash data

3. All of PPAC‘s members term expire in December, so PennDOT is seeking self nominations or requests for re-appointment.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member, follow these instructions:

a. Write a signed, dated letter requesting that you be appointed with your resume.  Deadline is July 30th.

b. Address the letter to

Mr. TJ Yablonski, Deputy Director

Governor’s Office of Public Liason

508 Main Capitol Building

Harrisburg, PA 17120

c. Mail the letter to:

Roy Gothie | Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation |Multi-Modal Division

400 North Street – 8th Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17120

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.