PRINTER'S NO. 1500
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
240
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY MALONEY, WENTLING, LONGIETTI, BARRAR, BIZZARRO,
BULLOCK, BURNS, CALTAGIRONE, SCHLEGEL CULVER, DiGIROLAMO,
EVERETT, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, GREINER, HEFFLEY, HICKERNELL,
HILL-EVANS, INNAMORATO, KINSEY, KIRKLAND, KORTZ, MACKENZIE,
MARKOSEK, McCLINTON, MENTZER, MILLARD, B. MILLER, NEILSON,
READSHAW, SAYLOR, SCHWEYER, SONNEY, STURLA, YOUNGBLOOD AND
ZIMMERMAN, APRIL 25, 2019
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
APRIL 25, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of May 2019 as "Bike Month," the week of
May 13 through 17, 2019, as "Bike to Work Week" and May 17,
2019, as "Bike to Work Day" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Riding a bicycle is an excellent form of exercise
that improves mental and physical health and is part of a
healthy lifestyle for men, women and children to travel between
home, school and work; and
WHEREAS, Considering that bicycle riders and motor vehicle
operators share many of the same roads, it is important to
ensure everyone's safety by educating cyclists and motorists
regarding the proper and safe operation of bicycles; and
WHEREAS, The Commonwealth seeks to promote energy-efficient
and green-friendly technologies to enhance and sustain
Pennsylvanians' quality of life and to make its communities more
livable, and bicycling is an integral element in these plans;
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and
WHEREAS, Bicycle commuting is an effective means to improve
air quality, reduce traffic congestion and noise and conserve
energy; and
WHEREAS, Bicycle commuting benefits employees and employers
through better employee health and fitness and a reduction in
commuting, parking and health care costs; and
WHEREAS, Companies and other organizations that participate
in "Bike to Work Week" help to build morale and encourage
camaraderie among their employees; and
WHEREAS, When compared to sedentary employees, physically
active employees are known to be typically more alert, take
fewer sick days and be more productive; and
WHEREAS, Biking to work provides an efficient and enjoyable
means of getting much-needed regular exercise without having to
set aside additional time before or after the workday to work
out; and
WHEREAS, People who bike to work typically arrive faster than
their driving counterparts, particularly if the commute is a
distance of three miles or less, and have equal or better
commuter times for distances of five to seven miles in urban
areas; and
WHEREAS, A lack of incentives and knowledge about the
benefits of biking to work often discourages many employees from
commuting by bicycle, even though more than half of United
States workers live within five miles of their workplace; and
WHEREAS, Many studies show the benefit to local economies
from cyclists buying local goods and services when communities
support cycling infrastructure investments; and
WHEREAS, "Bike to Work" events encourage approximately one in
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five new participants to change their method of transportation
by biking to work on a regular basis; and
WHEREAS, The League of American Bicyclists noted that the
communities of Bethlehem, Camp Hill, Franklin, Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, Reading, State College and York have made an
investment in their communities by strengthening bicycling
infrastructure in their regions and has designated them Bicycle
Friendly Communities; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
month of May 2019 as "Bike Month" in Pennsylvania; and be it
further;
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
week of May 13 through 17, 2019, as "Bike to Work Week" in
Pennsylvania; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate May 17,
2019, as "Bike to Work Day" in Pennsylvania and join with
Bethlehem, Camp Hill, Franklin, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
Reading, State College, York and other communities across this
Commonwealth to encourage all residents to participate in the
events planned in this Commonwealth.
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