January 16, 2021

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U.S. Department of Transportation launches website to help air passengers navigate travel during pandemic

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>> IF YOU HAVEN’T FLOWN SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU HAVE A FLIGHT COMING UP, BE AWARE THERE ARE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE PROCESS OF HOW TO INTERACT IN THE TERMINAL, NAMELY A LOT OF PLEXIGLAS IN PLACES THERE WASN’T BEFORE AND A LOT OF SIGNS TO ALERT YOU TO THE NEW RULES. YOU CAN ALSO GO ONLINE. THEY CREATED A WEBSITE CALLED FLYHEALTHY.GOV. IT SPELLS OUT WHAT PEOPLE CAN EXPECT, LIKE WEARING A MASK THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE IN THE AIRPORT AND ON THE FLIGHT ITSELF AND WHEN YOU LEAVE. SOME FLIGHTS COME IF INTERNATIONAL, MAY REQUIRE YOU TO CHANGE YOUR MASK EVERY FEW HOURS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FEW WITH YOU. MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING THE ENTIRE TIME AT THE AIRPORT, INCLUDING ON THE SHUTTLE. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY AS YOURS ALLOWED ON THE SHUTTLE. THERE MIGHT BE LIMITED FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS ON YOUR FLIGHT, SO YOU MAY WANT TO PACK A SNACK. WHEN YOU GO TO GRAB YOUR LUGGAGE, YOU ARE ASKED TO ONLY TOUCH YOUR OWN BAGS. YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE A LOT OF THESE AROUND THE TERMINAL, HAND SANITIZER STATIONS. THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE. ONE THING YOU MAY NOT ENCOUNTER IT WHILE YOU ARE HERE ARE CROWDS. THEY ARE ADDING ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS FOR THE THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, BUT EVEN WITH THAT, THEY ARE EXPECTING TRAFFIC WILL BE DOWN MORE THAN HALF OF WHAT IT WAS DURING THE LAST HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON.

U.S. Department of Transportation launches website to help air passengers navigate travel during pandemic

WGAL News 8 coronavirus coverage


The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new online resource to help travelers navigate airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.FlyHealthy.gov spells out what travelers can expect, from the shuttle to the terminal and the flight itself. Travelers should start wearing a mask as soon as they arrive at the airport and exit their vehicle.Passengers should expect to practice social distancing, which might mean fewer people are allowed on each shuttle.Some international flights may require passengers to change their mask every few hours.There may be limited food and drink options on the flight.When passengers retrieve their luggage, they’re asked to only touch their own bags.Travel forecastAirports aren’t expected to be as crowded this year due to the pandemic.Harrisburg International Airport said it will be adding additional flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas but traffic is still expected to be down more than half compared to last year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new online resource to help travelers navigate airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FlyHealthy.gov spells out what travelers can expect, from the shuttle to the terminal and the flight itself.

  • Travelers should start wearing a mask
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What is the purpose of the requirements for bicycles?

This regulation increases the safety of bicycles by establishing, among other things, requirements for assembly, braking, protrusions, structural integrity and reflectors. Bicycles that fail any of the requirements are banned under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

 

Where can I find the requirements for bicycles?

The requirements are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in Title 16, Part 1512.

 

What is a bicycle?

A bicycle is defined in §1512.2 as either (1) a two-wheeled vehicle having a rear drive wheel solely human-powered; or (2) a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.

 

The bicycle requirements cover two different types of bicycles. Those with a seat that is more than 25 inches above the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position must meet all of the requirements.  Sidewalk bicycles – those with a seat height of 25 inches or less – are exempt from some of the requirements or have other alternative requirements.  These exemptions and alternatives are marked in bold type in this summary. Please consult §1512.2 of the requirements for more information on how to measure seat height.

 

Are any bicycles exempt from the requirements?

Yes.  Track bicycles designed and intended for use in competition that have tubular tires, a single crank–towheel ratio, and no freewheeling feature are exempt. So are one-of-a-kind bicycles made to the order of an individual without assembling stock or production parts.

 

How are bicycles tested in general?

Assembled bicycles must meet the requirements of the regulation in the condition in which they are offered for sale.  Unassembled or partially assembled bicycles must meet the requirements after assembly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Illustration of a bicycle and its parts

Figure 1 – Illustration of a bicycle and its parts

 

 

Are there any general requirements that bicycles must meet?

Yes.

 

 

(1) Adults of normal intelligence and ability must be able to assemble a bicycle that requires assembly.

 

 

(2) A bicycle may not have unfinished sheared metal edges or other sharp parts that may cut a rider’s hands or legs.  Sheared metal edges must be rolled or finished to remove burrs or feathering.

 

 

(3) When the bicycle is tested for braking (§1512.18(d) and/or (e)) or road  performance (§1512.18(p) or (q)), neither the frame, nor any steering part, wheel, pedal, crank, or braking system part may show a visible break.

 

 

(4) Screws, bolts, and nuts used to fasten parts may not loosen, break, or fail during testing.

 

 

(5) Control cables must be routed so that they do not fray from contact with fixed parts of a bicycle or with the ends of the cable sheaths.  The ends of control cables must be capped or treated so that they do not unravel.

 

 

(6) A bicycle may not have any protrusions within the

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