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After Pennsylvania’s transportation bill passed in late 2013, we spent the better part of 2014 urging PennDOT to take some modest steps to enhance and elevate bicycle pedestrian programs.

The first thing we asked PennDOT to do was to hire a full time Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for its Central Office and several of its Districts (including District 6 in King of Prussia, District 8 in the Lehigh Valley and District 11 in Pittsburgh.)

Well, finally, one year later, PennDOT is advertising for a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for its Central Office in Harrisburg.

The position is “Responsible for planning, organizing and directing programs pertaining to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, safety issues, educational materials, enforcement initiatives, and promotion of these methods of transportation.”

This position will write policies and procedures, compose and implement the annual BP Plan, and represent the Department to outside agencies regarding bicycle and pedestrian matters.

What that means: Out of 10,000 employees, PennDOT will finally have one person dedicated to bicycle/pedestrian issues and s/he will be reporting to a Deputy Secretary. Just getting the position posted publicly was no small victory.

So, here is the job announcement!  Apply away.

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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.

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