The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee originally formed in March 2009 (as the PaTHs 4 Bethlehem Committee) with a primary focus on addressing bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Town. The committee's mission is to advise the Town, educate the community, and advocate for opportunities to improve mobility and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians in Bethlehem.
View the committee's vision, mission, and goals.
|Due to COVID-19, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is holding its regular meetings virtually via Zoom until further notice. If you would like to attend the upcoming Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee's virtual meeting or submit a public comment, please contact Nate Owens at email@example.com|
The committee rotates the chair and recorder positions on a monthly basis to share workload. The following table lists the chair and recorder responsibilities for the current year: Committee Chair and Recorder schedule/table
The Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Map identifies roadways in town where pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is desired and appropriate. The bicycle and pedestrian priority network segments on this map were discussed and approved by the Town Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. The map is used when Town staff and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee evaluate and prioritize potential infrastructure projects and is considered by the Town Planning Board when rendering decisions on development applications.
At the end of 2021, the Committee updated the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Map with Town staff assistance. The priority network has expanded to include new segments, some segments have changed classification, and contextual information has been added to the map, including: building footprints, impervious surfaces, existing sidewalks, crosswalks, signs, bus stops, stop lights, and designated bike routes.
New/Updated Priority Segments
Each spring the Town and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee holds the Walk and Roll Festival, a family-fun event with activities for everyone, including stations teaching kids essential bike skills, safety awareness activities, exhibitors and local vendors, and more. The Bethlehem Walk and Roll Fest is co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department, Bethlehem Police Family Services Unit, and Bethlehem Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.
The 2022 Walk and Roll Fest will be held in May. The date is to be determined.
In an effort to increase awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety in Town, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has developed and is distributing 'Please Look Out For Us' lawn signs. The signs can be picked up in Room 203 of Town Hall, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lawn signs can only be placed on residential zoned properties and must be set back at least 5 feet from the sidewalk or road right-of-way.