Walking, biking get a voice in Pa. roads debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Public health groups, medical professionals and environmental advocates are pressing the case for bicycling and walking in transportation funding legislation that’s expected to emerge in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

The effort is getting active as the legislative session picks up this spring.

One group that’s part of the effort is called Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired military officials who support policies to improve children’s health and education.

Spokesman Steve Doster, says Pennsylvania is behind other states in making walking and bicycling routes a priority, and the state has never made a dedicated funding commitment to it.

He says Philadelphia’s attention to the issue has more than tripled the number of adults biking to work and possibly contributed to a 5 percent decline in obesity rates among school-age children.

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