Friday, May 23, 2008

PENNDOT's BOP Blocks Bike Lane Development

PENNDOT's Bikeway Occupancy Permit (BOP) requires a municipality to maintain any bikeway in PENNDOT's right of way. Most critically when it snows the municipality is required to plow the bike lane (even though PENNDOT plows the motor vehicle lanes).

In 2006 Bike lanes were scrapped along High St in West Chester/West Goshen between North and South campuses of West Chester University and more recently along Route 13 in Marcus Hook (Bicycle PA Route E) because municipalities would not agree to signing this document. Even if bike lanes are recommended in the checklist PENNDOT will not put them in unless a municipality obtains a BOP. PENNDOT needs to "Drop the BOP."