What are these markings recently applied to Linden, Turner and other streets in Allentown?
On Friday, June 28, 2013, at Noon, cycling experts from CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, in cooperation with the Allentown Health Bureau, demonstrated the safest way to bicycle in traffic. The demonstrations started the PennDOT offices at Tenth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown and traveled over many of the new Shared Lane Markings on Linden and Turner Streets.
Participating: PennDOT District 5 Bike/Ped Coordinator, Stephen Pohowsky; Captain Daryl Hendricks, Allentown Police Department Traffic; Officers Scott Magill and Dan Miller of the Allentown Police Bicycle Patrol; and Bo Koltnow from WFMZ TV, plus League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors, Steve Schmitt; Scott Slingerland; and Brian Sherry.
This was NOT a group ride. Cycling Instructor Brian Sherry rode with WFMZ TV reporter Bo Koltnow (See his story here). Cycling Instructor Steve Schmitt rode with PennDOT Bike/Ped Coordinator, Stephen Pohowsky and Cycling Instructor Scott Slingerland spoke with a reporter from the Morning Call. The Cycling Instructors were also interviewed by a reporter/photographer from the Express-Times. The demonstration rides mimic conditions during a normal bicycle commute.
In Bethlehem, where Shared Lane Markings were introduced in 2009, bicycle behavior surveys conducted by CAT show 90% of cyclists travel the correct direction, while in Allentown only 60% of the cyclists travel the correct direction.
Shared Lane Markings remind cyclists to
Travel in the street not on the sidewalk
Travel the same direction as other vehicles on the road
Stay far enough away from parked cars to avoid being “doored”
Shared Lane Markings remind motorists
Cyclists are expected to travel in the street and to use as much of the lane as necessary for optimal safety
PennDOT supports bicycle education by reimbursing CAT for the cost of certified instructors. PennDOT also pays for some of the costs incurred conducting bicycle behavior surveys.