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Highlights From Philly’s Bike Lane Improvements in 2015 and 2016 (to date)

 

Since 2015, more than 45 miles of bike lanes and sharrows have been added or restriped in Philadelphia. Above, we’ve created a map showing all the new bike lanes installed between the beginning of 2015 and the Democratic National Convention of 2016. To get a list of the specific streets that’ve seen improvements, click the map key. Below, we’ve provided details of those lanes.

To begin, almost every section of the city has seen some sort of improvement.

Northeast Philadelphia

Grant Ave. now has a buffered bike lane, leading to a regular bike lane, leading to sharrows from Roosevelt to State Road along the Delaware River.

Grant Ave intersects with Frankfort Ave, which has new sharrows going south through Pennypack Park. Within the park there are new bike lanes on Rhawn St.

Rhawn

In Lawncrest, there were two bike lanes that were restriped, on Tabor Ave, from Adams to Robbins and on Summerdale Ave from Foulkrod to Oxford.

Orthodox at Adams

North Philly

In North Philadelphia, there were major improvements made to Orthodox Ave. Orthodox had clearly marked sharrows and bike lane lines, but no bicycle markings. Now the avenue has a buffered bike lane from Caster Ave to Penn St, sharrows from Penn St to Mulberry St, and bike lanes from Mulberry St to Aramingo Ave.

In Feltonville, four bike lanes got restriped. Those lanes are on Rising Sun Ave. from Roosevelt to Hunting Park, Front St from Luzerne to Wingohocking, G St. from Hunting Park to Erie, and Tioga St from B to Kensington. Richmond St also got new sh

arrows from Bridge St to E Westmoreland St.

Northwest Philadelphia

The bike lane on Old York, from Broad St. to Church Ln. was restriped, and 20th St. near La Salle University got a new bike lane.

Bike lanes have been restriped in Germantown on Wayne Ave from Sedgwick to Hortter, Chelten Ave, from Wissahickon to Chew, and on the Walnut Lane Bridge to Henry Ave in Blue Bell Park.

Walnut Lane also had another bike lane in the park which was upgraded to a buffered bike lane starting at Wissahickon and heading into the park. Manheim St between Wissahickon and Germantown Ave also was improved by new sharrows that were added in the last year.

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Further into the Northwest, new bike lanes were added on Germantown Ave. near the Morris Arboretum and on Ridge Ave. north of Port Royal Ave.

The sharrows continue after the climbing lane on Ridge all the way south to Strawberry Mansion. In the Strawberry Mansion section of Fairmount Park, the Woodford Drive bike lane has been restriped between Dauphin St. and the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

West Philly

New sharrows have been added on 52nd St and W. Jefferson St. The sharrows continue from Jefferson to 54th St. and after two blocks the bike lane on 54th has been restriped to City Ave.

Center City

Construction happening on the 5th Street Tunnel today.

Major progress was made along 5th street, with restriping of the bike lane and adding a protected bike lane in the 5th street tunnel. Also in this area is Arch street, where new sharrows have been painted from 2nd to 15th, almost intersecting with Columbus Blvd where the bike lane was restriped from Oregon to Spring Garden. Further improvements include a new bike lane on 15th street by City Hall, new sharrows on 21st from Chestnut to Arch, and finally a restriped buffered bike lane on 13th from Race to Vine St.

Moving towards South Philly, there is a protected bike lane on the South Street Bridge. It was put in earlier this summer and will remain there permanently after the construction on the bridge is finished.

South Philly

Bike lanes were restriped on Moyamensing, Snyder, and Oregon Ave.

Southwest Philadelphia

There was a major improvement of a new buffered bike lane installed on Island Ave.

– Marina Stuart

Topics: Biking in Philly, Featured

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