New license plate to fund bike safety efforts

The new “Share the Road” registration plate designed to help fund bicycle safety is now in stock and being shipped to interested vehicle owners, PennDOT announced on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Share the Road license plates are now available and will help fund bike safety programs.

Share the Road license plates are now available and will help fund bike safety efforts.

The new plates were authorized by Act 36, referred to as the David Bachman Act, which was enacted in June in memory of a PennDOT employee who served as the department’s first bicycle-pedestrian coordinator. All proceeds from the sale of the new plate fund PennDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts, as well as highway infrastructure signage for bicyclists, a PennDOT press release said.

The “Share the Road” plate uses the same colors as standard plates – blue, white and yellow – with the addition of an image of the shared lane marking, including two chevrons, a bicycle silhouette, and the words “Allow 4 Feet to Pass.” The bottom of the plate reads “Share the Road.”

Applicants may order a plate by completing form MV-917, “Application for Share the Road Registration Plate.” The cost of the plate is $40; it may also be personalized for a fee of $100 in addition to the $40 plate cost, the release said.

Customers may also place an order for the bicycle plate or learn more about a wide variety of license plates, including other special fund registration plates, by visiting and looking under the vehicle services tab, then clicking on registration plates under the drop-down menu.

The plates normally take two to four weeks for delivery. For personalized plates, allow eight to 10 weeks for delivery, the release said.


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