Friday, June 27, 2008

PENNDOT Delivers A Cool Reception For Safe Routes Conference

Our partners in Berks County Walk Bike Berks have been actively applying for the 2009 Safe Routes to Schools Conference in Reading.

The application asks for an endorsement from PENNDOT, to which they gave the following response:

Indicate how and if the state DOT will be involved with the conference. We encourage involvement with the state DOT

“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation – PennDOT – supports WalkBikeBerk’s [sic] bid to host the National SRTS Conference and will provide support for the conference as needed and where necessary. However, PennDOT will not be providing funding for the conference. Additionally, PennDOT personnel must prioritize their internal duties and job functions before providing support to the National SRTS Conference.”

How's that for an award winning response? Sorry kids, your little "conference" sounds nice but PennDOT's got some big important roads to build. It's clear that there are still factions in that organization that still don't get it.