Day: May 14, 2020

Bicycle Safety and Pennsylvania Laws

When you’re commuting on your bike, you’re likely to share the road with cars. If you know the laws, safety rules, and have the right attitude, you can be a confident, streetwise cyclist.

General Bicycle Law

Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code considers “pedalcycles” as vehicles and provides that every person riding a pedalcycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a driver of a vehicle, with certain exceptions discussed below.

If you ride in violation of the traffic laws, you greatly increase your risk of a crash and will likely be found at fault in the event of an accident.

Riding on the Roadway

  • Bikes may be ridden on the shoulder of the road (in the same direction as the flow of traffic) but are not required to do so.

  • Bikes may also ride on the right half of the roadway as follows:

  • On a

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Public Transit Options

Public transportation offers a convenient and easy alternative to gridlocked commutes and high gas prices. Compared to driving, public transit is less expensive, safer and better for the environment. It also significantly reduces traffic congestion, saves energy and benefits the communities it serves. It’s the way millions of Americans commute to work every day. The use of public transportation is growing faster than both vehicle and airplane travel.

Public transportation is available in every county in Pennsylvania, with a wide range of services including:

  • Fixed-route transit service in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, 21 small urban areas and 22 rural areas
  • 44 systems offering shared-ride services in all Pennsylvania counties
  • 13 intercity bus routes
  • Keystone Corridor Amtrak service, running from Harrisburg to New York by way of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvanian Amtrak service running from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia
  • 66 counties with rural transportation for persons with disabilities

More and more, Pennsylvania residents are relying

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