PennDOT Seeks Volunteers for Pedestrian and Cycling Advisory Committee

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced it is accepting applications for voluntary positions on the Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PPAC). This committee plays a crucial role in advising PennDOT and other state agencies on cycling and pedestrian program activities.

“This critical committee provides direction on policies and programs for bicyclists and pedestrians across the Commonwealth,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “For the sake of our most vulnerable road users, it is crucial that we continue PennDOT’s diligent work around sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails, applying our expertise as transportation professionals with the same care we do for highways and bridges.”

Interested individuals can submit letters of interest and resumes through the PennDOT website by June 6, 2024. Appointments are subject to approval by the Governor, and selected members will serve a three-year term.

Established by Act 72 of 1995, the PPAC comprises 17 members, including key state officials and public representatives. The committee includes the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Majority and Minority Chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees. Additionally, eleven public members appointed by the Governor represent diverse user groups.

These user groups include:

  • Urban and suburban constituencies from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
  • Statewide constituencies.
  • Metropolitan and rural planning organizations.
  • Trail constituencies.
  • Pedestrian constituencies.
  • Senior citizen or disabled constituencies.
  • Children and education constituencies.
  • Recreational cycling clubs.
  • Two at-large members representing the general public.

Members are expected to be knowledgeable about federal, state, and local transportation laws, modern standards, funding, and equity issues affecting all populations.

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PPAC meets at least once annually, though typically convenes quarterly. Meetings offer both in-person and virtual participation options, ensuring wide accessibility.

Shaping a Safer, Greener Future for Pennsylvania!

Participation in the PPAC offers significant implications for public safety and urban planning. By influencing policies on sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails, members can help create safer, more accessible environments for cyclists and pedestrians. This work is essential, given the increasing interest in sustainable transportation and the need to protect vulnerable road users.

Serving on the committee allows individuals to directly impact the development and implementation of transportation infrastructure across Pennsylvania. It also provides a platform for addressing equity issues, ensuring that all communities benefit from improvements in pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Involvement in PPAC could lead to enhanced community connectivity and healthier lifestyles. Encouraging walking and cycling reduces traffic congestion, lowers pollution levels, and promotes physical activity. These benefits align with broader public health goals and contribute to a higher quality of life for residents.

For those passionate about transportation and public safety, this opportunity offers a chance to make a meaningful difference. By contributing their expertise and perspectives, committee members can help shape a more inclusive and efficient transportation system for Pennsylvania.

As PennDOT continues to emphasize the importance of pedestrian and cyclist safety, the role of PPAC remains vital. The committee’s efforts ensure that infrastructure projects consider the needs of all road users, fostering a safer and more equitable transportation environment.

In summary, PennDOT’s call for volunteers to join the Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee highlights an important opportunity for citizens to engage in public service. By participating, individuals can help shape the future of Pennsylvania’s transportation landscape, promoting safety, accessibility, and sustainability for all.

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