It does not surprise me that the job description for a professional planning position in the City includes a requirement not only for a valid drivers license, but a valid PA drivers license. For one thing, it enables use of City vehicles, and is a probable requirement for insuring the driver in that City vehicle.
While it may not be absolutely essential for the completion of the ped/bike job responsibilities, I can see real benefit to the organization as a whole….oh, a meeting with DPW? Can you bring xyz (person or thing) with you? And have you seen the meeting stacking that can happen? Be in council meeting at 10, another meeting at noon, somewhere else that afternoon…all with potential need for ‘stuff’ including city property that needs to be protected through the day’s events.
More importantly, it would relieve the supervisor of the next Steve from any coordination hassles….that could be time and energy intensive.
I suspect any city employee required to participate in meetings and events outside the office is required….for convenience, insurance and uniformity of policy.
I (as other people in this thread have noted) imagine any higher-level city planning/governmental type of job will likely require frequent cross-state travel (to Philly, Harrisburg, other major cities, etc) for the purposes of legislating and the such. In fact, most job descriptions I’ve come across that contain a ‘driver’s license requirement’ are not weeding out plebs who don’t own or operate vehicles, but rather are indicating the position requires significant further-than-intracity travel.
Many people rely on cars to get to work. And what do you expect the elderly to do? Certainly you don’t expect 70 year olds to bike themselves all over the city in sub zero weather. It’s great to have a noble cause and all that, but a dose of reality wouldn’t hurt either.