Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

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While Just Drive PA focuses on changing driver behavior, bicyclists and pedestrians can also take steps to enhance highway safety.

Motorists can find information on bicycle safety laws and tips on this fact sheet: Bicycle Laws, Safety Tips for Motorists.

Effective April 2, 2012, motorists must allow at least four feet between your vehicle and a bicycle for the vehicle to safely pass the bicycle, and motorists should pass at a careful and prudent reduced speed. When safe to do so, it is legal to cross the center double yellow line if necessary to provide the required four feet when passing a bicycle. Also, no turn by the driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a bicyclist proceeding straight on a roadway or shoulder.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Videos

Visit our Bicycle and Pedestrian videos page to view public service announcements from PennDOT and Safe Routes to School.

Walk to School Month

National Walk to School Month is celebrated during October and Wednesday, Oct. 9 is Walk to School Day.

There are numerous organizations that provide communities with ideas for encouraging walking and bicyling to school, as well as increasing safety for students who walk or bike.

Consider visiting the Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School website for more information on how you can get involved. Also check out how some communities have established a walking school bus.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen.
  • Consider wearing an approved helmet and other protective gear.
  • Children under 12 years of age must wear an approved safety helmet.
  • Ride on the right side of the road.
  • Signal your intentions in advance.
  • Consider attending training to obtain the skills necessary to ride safely on the road.
Pennsylvania Bicycle Pedestrian Safety1 Yield to Pedestrian Channelizing Devices

Yield to Pedestrian Channelizing Devices

To enhance pedestrian safety at intersections, PennDOT offers free Yield to Pedestrian Channelizing Devices to municipalities. The signs should be deployed to intersections with a documented pedestrian crash history or a location where pedestrians have trouble crossing because motorists fail to yield.

The signs are designed to remind motorists of Pennsylvania law requiring the operator of a vehicle to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic controls or traffic controls are not in operation. Violators of the law are subject to a $50 fine.

PennDOT has distributed more than 10,000 devices since 2001, while pedestrian crashes have fallen by 25 percent over that time.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen.
  • Walk against traffic.
  • Make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Ride Your Bike to Work Week

Pennsylvania is proudly participating in Ride Your Bike to Work Week – May 11 – 15

Ride Your Bike to Work Week

Pennsylvania is proudly participating in Ride Your Bike to Work Week – May 11 – 15

Capitol Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo

Live in the Harrisburg Area? We hope you are able to join us again or for the first time, at this year’s Capitol Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo!

Hoping you are finding some Spring finally poking through and trying to emerge from our long Winter! Soon! It WILL be here, soon! Along with that, soon lead to May – National Bike Month - and our Annual Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo set for the National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15, 2015. This year’s Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo will be the celebratory culmination to our week-long recognition of National Bike to Work Week, and a mid-point to even more efforts and activities during National Bike Month, and hopefully what we see as a kick-off to a great summer of cycling.

Attached is the Exhibitor’s / Presenter’s Application Form for the 2015 Capitol Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo – May 15, 2015.

As indicated on the form, please complete and return it to RA-EPSpokenGear_Expo@pa.gov, as soon as possible. Please include as much detail as possible, and draw our attention to any special needs or requests to allow you to attend and participate in this year’s Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo. Weather-permitting, the Expo will also feature activities and space available on the adjacent Museum Plaza.

Also, if you are unable to attend the Capitol Spoke ‘n Gear in Harrisburg, but are hosting or attending a similar Expo or Bike to Work Day Event elsewhere, please include details of that event/activity, and share how we might be able to connect with you during your event, at your location.

Please contact Tom Barron directly (tbarron@pa.gov), or send your comments, suggestions, or questions to RA-EPSpokenGear_Expo@pa.gov, if you have any questions or wish to discuss any of this in more detail. And, please feel free to share this announcement and application with others you feel would be interested in joining us at our Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo. Look for additional details, a media / promotions kit, and other materials, which should be available, soon, to help you promote and advertise in your area and within your organization.

Also, please note, the Executives’ Community Bicycle Ride is currently scheduled for Monday, May 11, with the suggested alternative rain date on Friday, May 15, immediately preceding the Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo, should it be needed. Also, this Executives’ Community Ride is expected to start and finish at the Capitol steps on 3rd Street.