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Funding approved for projects that make biking and walking to school safer and more appealing

DVRPC approves over $7.5 million for bicycle, pedestrian, streetscape, and transportation demand management projects

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The Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently approved over $7.5 million toward 22 projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The projects are funded through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, which funds projects that make biking and walking to school safer and more appealing; and the Travel Options Program (TOP), a program created by DVRPC, which funds projects that provide better access to more travel options across the region, such as walking, biking, and taking transit, with the goal of reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles. 

Included is the Bucks County Pop-up Bike/Ped Lane Project ($271,285) - This project, sponsored by TMA Bucks, will invest in experimental, temporary bike infrastructure to increase the awareness of the benefits of a more bike-friendly region to people of all ages and backgrounds. Demonstrating this concept in communities throughout the county will also allow for the collection of the data needed to eventually make these changes permanent. 

“We are always searching for ways to improve operational sustainability, shrink our carbon footprint and boost the quality of life for our residents. These funds enhance travel options across Greater Philadelphia and will help propel this mission forward in a big way,” said DVRPC Board Chair and Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “These projects tackle everything from intersection improvements to installing missing sidewalks and more. Once these projects are completed, our residents will have a wider variety of choices when it comes to multimodal means of travel such as biking, walking and public transit. We are thrilled that the DVRPC sees the value in creating safer and more environmentally friendly travel options.”


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