Pennsylvania Looks to Virginia for Bike-Friendly Roads

While drivers across the nation are gradually becoming better at sharing the roads with bicyclists, there is still a lot of work to be done. It is not always easy to reconfigure existing roadways to safely accommodate cyclists, and while many cities and states are making progress, certain areas lag behind.

Bikers in Northeastern Pennsylvania are taking note of not only the shortcomings in their own neck of the woods, but are also seeing how progressive cities in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. are when it comes to their commuters on two wheels.

Doug Warabak, a cyclist who recently rode from Pennsylvania to Florida, visited with Virginia Tourism representative Chip Funke on his way through Virginia. Funke shared that, in a combined effort, Richmond, Petersburg, and Williamsburg have contributed $30 million toward the statewide bike-friendly effort, by planning, designing, and building bike paths and bike lanes to allow people to explore the area safely and efficiently by bicycles.

Warabak also saw Washington, D.C.’s dedication to making the streets safe and friendly for commuters and tourists on bicycles. Washington, D.C. is a stellar example of an older city’s ability to adjust and accommodate the growing trend of biking. While PennDOT is all for improving the roads and adding bike lanes, their argument is that each bike lane requires five feet of space, requiring an extra ten feet be added to each two-lane road.

While biking on the road will always expose cyclists to the dangers that come with traffic, the Bethesda bike accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins are thankful that the Washington, D.C. area is among the most progressive in terms of keeping our bicyclists safe.

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