May is Bike Month!

May 1, 2024

Throughout Greater Philadelphia, organizations and advocates will participate in Bike Month, National Ride-A-Bike Day on May 5, Bike-to-Work Week on May 13-19, and Bike-to-Work Day on May 17.

The League of American Bicyclists has deemed May 2024 National Bike Month. Throughout Greater Philadelphia, organizations and advocates will participate in Bike Month, National Ride-A-Bike Day on May 5, Bike-to-Work Week on May 13-19, and Bike-to-Work Day on May 17. In honor of Bike Month, DVRPC celebrates the region’s bike commuters. For those wanting to try bike commuting, DVRPC suggests taking a trip by bike that you would normally take by car. If you are unsure of a comfortable bike route, just ask Ruti, a text-message and web-based bike trip planning tool. 

At DVRPC, we’re committed to helping make biking simpler and safer. We support local bicycle planning efforts by collecting data, planning projects, and determining best practices. We also collaborate with our county and municipal partners to move planned projects to implementation and construction. Below are some of the ways we support bicycling planning and infrastructure. 

Regional Bicycle Planning Tools

Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) & Connectivity: This regional screening tool helps identify and rank roads where bicycle facility improvements would have the greatest local and regional connectivity benefit to the low-stress bicycle network.

AccessScore: This analysis assesses the infrastructure and demographic characteristics around transit stations in relation to how supportive each area is of biking and walking. It can help communities identify and prioritize improvements designed to strengthen pedestrian, cycling, and transit connectivity.

Permanent & Cyclical Bike Count Program: DVRPC’s bicycle counting program allows planners to measure existing levels of bicycling, monitor travel trends, plan for new or improved facilities, and measure outcomes of bicycle-related projects. 

Regional High Injury Network: As part of our Regional Vision Zero work, DVRPC is in the process of developing a Regional High Injury Network to identify on which roads in the region the majority of traffic crashes that result in a fatality or serious injury take place.  

Site-Specific Bicycle Planning Concepts

Burlington County Downtown Access Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: This plan identifies recommendations to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, access, and safety in three Burlington County, New Jersey, municipalities: Maple Shade, Mansfield, and Evesham. 

Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: This study proposes different bicycle, pedestrian, intersection, and trail interventions within downtown Trenton, New Jersey. The plan also offers potential funding streams and examples of estimated construction costs.

Technical Support for Partner Implementation 

Complete Streets Resurfacing Program: DVRPC works with PennDOT Connects to identify roads for potential investment to increase safety for all road users as part of regularly scheduled PennDOT resurfacing projects.

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside and PennDOT Multimodal Fund: DVRPC provides application review and project sponsor consultation for the TA Set-Aside Programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the PennDOT Multimodal Fund, programs that provide funding for non-traditional and multimodal transportation projects in the region. DVRPC also offers a technical assistance program for communities in Southeastern PA who are considering a TASA application to help them develop well-scoped and competitive projects.

Expo: Experimental Pop-ups: DVRPC offers assistance to communities to test innovative solutions to transportation problems through demonstration or pop-up projects. This includes design, implementation, and measurement of projects that apply various pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and roadway strategies that address safety and placemaking.  

Design Guidance for Various Bicycle Facility Types 

Planning for New Jersey Transit Bus Service Alongside Bicycle Facilities: To help NJ Transit improve the safety of bus operators, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, DVRPC staff conducted a literature review, interviewed peer transit agencies, and organized a bus stop design workshop, which resulted in conceptual designs expected to reduce bus-bicycle interactions.

Guidance for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities at Expressway Interchanges in Southeastern Pennsylvania: This study uses best practices from around the United States to develop guidance for designing safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities along arterials at expressway interchanges and provides example designs for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, and the City of Philadelphia.

Identifying Neighborhood Greenway Possibilities in Philadelphia: Neighborhood greenways are low-volume, low-stress streets that prioritize bicycle and pedestrian travel over vehicles. This study used best practices from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Portland State University, and Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop a two-part geographic information system methodology that identified suitable streets to build neighborhood greenways in each of Philadelphia’s 10 city council districts.

Bicycle & Pedestrian

Air Quality Partnership
Annual Report
Connections 2050
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Economic Development District