PennDOT rated below-average for total number of bike/ped projects, amount of bike/ped funding, and transparency of transportation project information.
Lifting the Veil, a new report from Advocacy Advance (a collaboration between the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists), aims to demystify the intricacies of how federal transportation dollars are spent on bicycle and pedestrian projects. The results are startling.
In Pennsylvania, the fact is that less than 1% of transportation projects include ANY safety facilities for bicyclists and/or pedestrians. On top of that, our Pennsylvania Department of Transportation received a grade of C- for providing the public with far less than transparent information about the transportation projects that their tax dollars are funding.
For some perspective: in Pennsylvania, during 2012, 184 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in traffic violence. Their deaths made up 14.04% of PA traffic deaths, but pedestrian and bicyclists safety facilities receive 0.08% of the state’s transportation funding.
That information can be found in PennDOT’s 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics report.
If that information is at all startling to you, find your Legislators’ information here send them the following infographic, along with a message that you want to see your streets designed to be safe and accessible for all road users.
See Pennsylvania’s report card below:
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