COVID-19 Resources for Local Governments

DVRPC is committed to supporting our local governments and partner agencies weather this pandemic storm and plan for the future.


NEW! DVRPC launches GreaterPHLBikeMatch Program to connect essential workers with donated bicycles

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are biking as a way to commute affordably, safely, and distanced from others. DVRPC is hoping to assist essential workers and those caring for others share in the opportunity to bicycle to their activities. We've partnered with other Bike Match cities to connect people who have an extra bike in ready-to-ride condition with others who need one in a contactless match through #GreaterPHLBikeMatch. Complete either the Have a Bike or Need a Bike short forms on our BikeMatch webpage and let us know if you have any questions. We'll be in touch with you over email if we're able to match you with another participant.

Have questions? Email us at: greaterphlbikematch@dvrpc.org

DVRPC Webinars to Assist Partners during COVID-19

In response to the survey results, DVRPC is offering webinars to help address COVID-19 related issues. Webinar participants will have Q&A time with panelists, and webinars will be recorded for subsequent viewing.

Scheduled Webinars:

  • The 5P's that Aren't Pandemic - Retail Strategies Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close their doors and the impacts are acute and immediate. This webinar will feature a panel of retail experts discuss the state of the retail industry and offer guidance on how business and Main Streets can navigate through the recovery process.

    Host: Spencer Gober - Planner, Office of Community & Economic Development
    Registration
    This webinar is approved for 1.25 CM credits. Event #9200663

Webinars Coming Soon:

  • New COVID-19 Practices for Emergency Responders

Recording of Past Webinars:

  • Tips for Successful Telework Recording | Originally recorded on May 26, 2020

    Whether you've always had a telework program for your employees, you had to implement one quickly during the COVID-19 closings, or you're still thinking about implementing one, this webinar will give you the basic info you need to get the most benefits from telework, at any stage of the game.

    Host: Stacy Bartels - Manager, Office of Marketing and Commuter Services
  • Bike Sharing, Bike Libraries and Bike Matching Recording | Originally recorded on May 22, 2020

    With the uncertainties around reopening our region, it's likely that more of us will rely on bicycling as a safe way to commute and recreate, but not everyone has access to their own bike. Join us as we discuss the new considerations for getting bicycles safely to those who don't have their own bicycles.

    Host: Liz Compitello - Manager, Local Initiatives and Betsy Mastaglio - Manager, Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
    1 CM credit pending
  • Best Practices for Facilitating Remote Meetings Recording | Originally recorded on May 19, 2020

    DVRPC's Office of Communications & Engagement will share some of the practices the Commission has adopted to move our regular convenings online. We'll share tips for making working meetings with colleagues less painful, and what things we're considering for online public meetings. Time permitting, participants will be asked to share their experiences with remote meetings.

    Host: Alison Hastings - Manager, Office of Communications and Engagement
    This webinar is approved for 1.5 CM credits. Event #9200215
  • Adapting Streets for Safe Outdoor Social Distancing Recording | Originally recorded on May 15, 2020

    Many towns and cities are adapting streets to offer more safe space for walking and biking during social distancing. Some places have removed street parking to increase available space for walking, and others have closed entire streets to vehicle traffic. Learn about these adaptations and get ideas to try in your community, now and in the future.

    Host: Greg Krykewycz - Associate Director of Multimodal Planning This webinar is approved for 1 CM credits. Event #9200234

COVID-19 Impacts on Travel in the DVRPC Region - UPDATED 5/22

Travel in the DVRPC region has been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Beginning in mid- March, the region saw steep declines in driving and even steeper declines in transit ridership as the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Governors’ stay-at-home orders went into effect. As travel and mobility declined, measures show that social distancing has increased significantly. However, since the end of April vehicle travel has started to increase and social distancing has slightly declined. The region’s trails have had a significant increase in use, as many people seek recreational options during this time. Additional details on travel impacts will be updated frequently and are available by clicking on the links below:

Municipal Responses to COVID-19 Survey

DVRPC conducted a survey of municipal responses to COVID-19 and technical assistance needs from DVRPC.
See this powerpoint for survey results. [0.5 MB pptx]

Resources

As many partners are seeking COVID-19 related guidance, DVRPC is compiling a growing list of resources below. Any questions can be directed to Patty Elkis, Director of Planning, at pelkis@dvrpc.org