Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CAT Receives $243K for Bike Education in the Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has awarded the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) $243,600 in Transportation Enhancements (TE) Funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This is the second time CAT has received TE funding for education; $80,200 was awarded in the last round of TE funding and the results are summarized in the 2008 CAT Bicycle Education Report.

CAT will be reimbursed $50,000 each year over four years for fees paid to League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors (LCIs). LCIs run the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative, teach Traffic Skills 101 classes, lead instructional rides and provide guidance to plan bike educational events for police departments, schools, and other local organizations.

Also in CAT’s proposal is a plan to conduct bicycle traffic counts in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, to analyze the behaviors of cyclists and to study bicycle crash reports, in order to measure the effectiveness of the bicycle education programming.

CAT applied for the funding in early November along with 23 other applicants. There was 3 times more money requested by the applicants than available from PennDOT. The 24 projects were reviewed and rated by the Planning Commission staff. The staff gave funding recommendations December 20th to the Lehigh Valley Technical Study which unanimously approved the staff’s selected 10 projects.

Here in Southeastern PA we are still awaiting for information from DVRPC on the next Transportation Enhancements Round.

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Maggie said...

Great work!