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Transportation Safety

In many parts of the country, the choice of travel is limited to driving due to land use patterns and scarcity of transit service. Even when destinations are nearby, lack of pedestrian... Read More

In many parts of the country, the choice of travel is limited to driving due to land use patterns and scarcity of transit service. Even when destinations are nearby, lack of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure makes walking and bicycling unsafe. People will only shift their mode of travel to walking or bicycling if they have safe, supportive infrastructure, thereby gaining the affordability benefits and reducing vehicle miles traveled.

This indicator assesses the fatality risks to bicyclists and pedestrians in participating communities. Data is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Abington, Pennsylvania

In 2015, the Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation selected the roadway improvements on Valley Road in Abington Township, for the Park, Recreation, or Open Space Category Award Winner as pictured here.Valley Road provides a link between two important transportation corridors in Eastern Montgomery County – Old York Road... Read More

In 2015, the Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation selected the roadway improvements on Valley Road in Abington Township, for the Park, Recreation, or Open Space Category Award Winner as pictured here.

Valley Road provides a link between two important transportation corridors in Eastern Montgomery County – Old York Road and Welsh Road, as well as links between commercial and residential centers and SEPTA’s regional rail service. Prior to the completion of the project, Valley Road provided a three-lane cross-section, including a two-way center turn lane. By performing a “lane diet,” the number of existing lanes were maintained but narrowed in width to provide 5-foot wide bicycle lanes on each side of the roadway. These new lanes now provide safer conditions for bicycle travel and set the stage for future connections and enhancements throughout the Township. While the lane itself is only two miles long, it provides several lessons and has sparked interest in an expanded network.

The Abington Township Bicycle Master Plan passed on February 11, 2016, proposes more than 47 miles of on-road and off-road bicycle routes through the Township. Parts 1 and 2 of the Plan may be viewed at this link.