"PennDOT releases interactive map to enhance bicycling experience" ~Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 16, 2016 4:31 PM
In an effort to get more people bicycling and walking, several state agencies and the governor announced today the creation of an interactive map designed to assist people traveling within the state.
The Bike Route Map will provide detailed bike routes, traffic volumes and speed limits, according to a PennDOT release. It also will include trails maintained by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state parks and state forests.
The announcement was made in conjunction with Gov. Tom Wolf's Bike to Work Week.
“With the many benefits of bicycling, I encourage Pennsylvanians to bike to work wherever possible,” Leslie S. Richards, the PennDOT secretary, said in the release. “Interest in biking continues to grow across Pennsylvania as more people recognize the benefits of incorporating active transportation, biking and walking into their lives. Our message today is that PennDOT and the commonwealth are committed to being truly multimodal.”
The interactive map can be accessed at www.penndot.gov
, then going to the “Travel in PA” listing and clicking on the “Ride A Bike” link.
Officials also are using the map to promote safety and the health benefits of bicycling.
“I encourage you to make the choice to commute to work by bike,” said Karen Murphy, the Department of Health secretary. “It can boost your physical wellbeing and provide an opportunity to de-stress and enjoy some fresh air.”
The state says the new map will provide visitors with greater access to Pennsylvania's natural resources:
"We are blessed with more than 11,000 miles of trails, 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forest land, all offering unlimited biking terrain and opportunities," said Cindy Adams Dunn, the DCNR secretary. "Biking is one of the best activities to see what our very special outdoor places have to offer.”
It's a start - but I think PennDOT should consult BikePittsburgh when making the map. The PennDOT map is missing a lot of details compared to BikePittsburgh map, such as sharrows, bike lanes, bicycle-related services, and etc.