Bike Route Y

Bike Route Y

Master Plan - Phase I

March 20, 2017

 Wolf Administration Outlines Biking Improvements for 150 Miles of Route 6

Harrisburg, PA – As part of its effort to improve  bicycle safety, accessibility, and connectivity along Route 6, the  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed a  report outlining enhancements for the route’s 150 miles from the Ohio  border to the McKean/Potter county line, as well as Route 6N in Erie  County.

The report, available at www.penndot.govin  the “Ride A Bike” section of “Travel in PA,” outlines improvement  strategies as well as specific enhancement suggestions, such as proposed  wayfinding signage locations. For recommended improvements along the  main corridor, the report estimates a $70.1 million cost, more than half  of which is for bridge replacements, and an additional $5.9 million for  enhancements to Route 6N. The report is intended for PennDOT’s and  municipal and regional agencies’ use when planning and designing future  multimodal transportation projects.

“With the many scenic and historic opportunities along this route,  we’re excited to outline strategies to help enhance safety and  sustainable transportation,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.  “Communities should see transportation networks as assets, and this  report has some concrete recommendations to improve conditions for all  travel modes in the area.”

The report was the result of several stakeholder and public meetings as  well as extensive data collection on existing conditions,  infrastructure and safety, environmentally and historically significant  features, and previous plans or studies related to the route.

The PA Route 6 Alliance, a key partner on the initiative, noted the  initiative’s aim to enhance safety and connect to trails and communities  along the route, most of which is officially designated as PA Bike  Route Y.

“The PA Route 6 Alliance is grateful that PennDOT is taking a  comprehensive look at U.S. Route 6 to improve the bicycling experience  for both long-distance cyclists and our residents. This helps advance  our efforts to enhance outdoor recreation and bring new visitors to our  communities,” said Terri Dennison, the alliance’s executive director.  “We are looking forward to assisting in the implementation of the  recommendations, including wayfinding signage into our communities and  hospitality training geared towards bike-friendly towns.”

PennDOT plans two additional reports that will identify strategies and  recommendations for the remaining sections of Route 6 in the state.

To learn more about bicycling and other travel options in Pennsylvania, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Rich Kirkpatrick or Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717-783-8800

PennDOT and the Alliance cordially invite you to review the Design Guide and accompanying Executive Summary. Questions can be directed to the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or