NEPA Lagging In Bicyclist-Friendly Roadways

WILKES-BARRE — The desire for more bicycle-friendly paths in Luzerne County — from lanes on roads to other areas designated specifically for cyclists — is strong, according to enthusiasts.

The ability to implement them, many advocates have found, is not as robust.  Cycling enthusiasts say Northeastern Pennsylvania is behind the times in welcoming

Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania

Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to share the road, even though they have a legal right in the commonwealth.

“We’re way behind the rest of the world as far as having the facilities to be able to ride, especially on the road,” said Louie Colarusso, a bike technician at Sickler’s Bike and Sport Shop in Exeter.  “The majority of cities in America have bike lanes, and in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton you’re taking your life in your hands every time.”

Phil Cable, store manager of Sickler’s, said he lives in the borough and bikes to work when possible.  Drivers are generally friendly, but sharing the road is a two-way street.

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Berks County Faces 10 Year Backlog Of Maintenance Projects

Some cheery news from Berks County this morning involving the economy.  Berks County does not have the financial resources to make the necessary repairs on roads and bridges etc… due to a lack of funds.  They need money from the state but we all know that Pennsylvania has a $1 billion dollar shortfall of revenue, year to date.  The recent defeat to make Interstate 80 a toll road has dashed hopes for funding.

I think we are taxed enough.  The part of Pennsylvania Interstate 80 runs through is already economically depressed so adding a further burden on those folks to pay for Berks County highways is not the answer.

Berks County has 107 structurally deficient bridges and 402 miles of roadway that need repaired.  At current funding levels these projects will take 10 years to complete.

Suggestions range from fees for video lottery to public-private partnerships to raise the needed money.