Bike Montco

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New Web App!
Montgomery County is a strong promoter of health and well-being. In addition to our popular trail network, there are opportunities to exercise right in our own neighborhoods. During the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, trail usage has increased by 100 to 200 percent in some areas, which has made it challenging to practice proper required social distancing. In response, MCPC has developed a 
new Web app to empower residents to walk, jog, run, and bicycle on neighborhood streets and local roads. 
The app, based on an analysis from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), which was initially developed to support Bike Montco: The Bicycle Plan for Montgomery County, features an interactive map that highlights the thousands of miles of local streets throughout the county that are considered low-stress and which can be used comfortably by bicyclists and pedestrians. The public can enter their address to find a suitable network near where they live and will discover that many of these streets start right in their own neighborhood!  Check out the new app, entitled Low-Stress Streets for Bicyclists and Pedestrians, at Before you start pedaling, remember that the bicycle is considered a vehicle, so check out the Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver’s Manual.  
Bike Montco: The Bicycle Plan for Montgomery County was adopted by the Montgomery County Commissioners on August 9, 2018. The plan, which will enhance the county’s efforts to advance bicycle mobility, was developed using a Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Bike Montco, which includes design improvements and key policies for bicycle safety, comprehensively addresses the current bicycle transportation needs of the county. It does this by examining existing demographic and road conditions and preferred routes and bicycling destinations, culminating in a countywide network of strategic planned bicycle improvements utilizing state, county, and local roads, and trails.  

The plan also focuses on four specific types of local bicycling opportunities—safe bicycle routes to parks and trails, bicycle mobility in towns, biking to transit, and biking near colleges and high schools. Design recommendations address bicycle lanes, trail standards, bike-friendly roadway design, bicycle signage, and street crossing design. Bike Montco will achieve a major goal of the county’s new comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. That goal is to improve bicycle access to provide more transportation choices, improve health, and create better community connections to make the county more appealing for young workers, and to improve the environment by reducing vehicle miles traveled. 

The plan was created through public input and a steering committee. Over 2,000 people provided input by completing our survey, and we received hundreds of comments on our user-friendly online map. The survey and map offered opportunities for the public to tell us their biking habits, where they like to bike in the county, obstacles or barriers that prevent them from riding safely, and their opinion on how to make biking safer and which routes they would like to see improved. The public was also invited to view the draft plan and comment on the plan.   

Public Outreach

October and November 2018

Bike Montco Workshops
MCPC offered three public Bike Montco workshops in Lower Gwynedd Township, Upper Merion Township, and Abington Township. This workshops focused on how municipalities can embark on practical and achievable projects to improve bicycle mobility and safety in their own communities. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions and discuss how to make bicycling more appealing in their town. 

June 20, 2018

Bike Montco - Building a Bike-Friendly Montgomery County
Over 50 people attended this free public event at the Montgomery County Communtity College in Blue Bell. During this event, the draft Bike Montco plan was released. Several speakers shared the content of the plan and topics including building safer on-road bicycle infrastructure, linking to the county's trail network, and the role the county can play in providing bicyclist safety education and encouragement strategies for new riders. Attendees also had  an opportunity to take a brief tour of Morris Road, one of the study areas in the plan, and to hear about the plan's recommendations to improve bicycle safety at the community college.  

May 23 and May 24, 2017

Public Workshops
MCPC offered two public workshops as part of the development of Bike Montco. The workshops, which took place on May 23, 2017 in Skippack Township and May 24, 2017 in Upper Dublin Township, gave participants an opportunity to share their experiences of biking in Montgomery County and to suggest opportunities for improvement. The workshop featured an online map, interactive posters, a survey, and a comment area.  

For questions on Bike Montco, contact Matthew Edmond, AICP, Section Chief: Transportation Planning, at 610-278-3742.