As you may recall, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director traveled with the City of Philadelphia to Copenhagen on a study tour in 2016. She learned a lot!
Well, in early October, Philadelphia officials traveled once again to Copenhagen with the Knight Foundation to learn about best practices in planning accessible, connected cities for all age groups. Join us for a conversation about what they saw, what they learned, and their takeaways for Philadelphia:
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By Kyle Hearing
In an effort to understand the impact of the West Chestnut Street parking-protected bike lane, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has been busy collecting data. Two sets of recent bike counts gathered data on bicyclist behavior before and after the lane was installed, while an online survey was used to learn more about what bicyclists who have ridden the lane think about this new infrastructure.
As was expected, our counts found a large increase in bicycle traffic. We found a 63 percent increase in bicycle traffic along Chestnut at 34th Street and a 19 percent increase in bicycle traffic through the intersection overall.
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By Stefani Cox
The news is out! Next September 4-7th brings a joint bike share conference to Portland, Oregon.
The conference will be a partnership between the North American Bikeshare Association and the Better Bike Share Partnership, with involvement and support from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
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Philly-based entrepreneur Rachel Benyola has been named to Forbes’ ’30 Under 30’ list for 2018. Benyola was chosen for her innovation in the bicycling industry. Through her company AnneeLondon, she’s been working on a new collapsible bicycle helmet.
The product is not available for purchase, yet. But it will be soon. According to a recent press release,
AnneeLondon’s flagship product, The London, is the first and only modern foldable bike helmet that is stylish, safe, and 100% recyclable. The London easily folds up to the size of an iPad Mini for travel and packing convenience.
If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, and following us on social media, you know that we’ve been advocating for speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia. Why? Because speed cameras are a proven tool to curb traffic deaths, and the Boulevard is the deadliest road in all of Philadelphia.
That reality came to a head, again, this week when Shien Ching Shen, 79, was struck and killed on the Boulevard by a motorist. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and now, her family has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for her funeral expenses.
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Philadelphians are concerned about the condition of our city’s streets, and so is the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. That’s why we’re continuing to advocate for the restriping of important city bike lanes before winter sets in.
While we want every bike lane on our Faded Bike Lane map to be restriped, we’ve put together a list of the most important faded bike lanes, and are currently advocating in the city for the following:
- Spruce St. – 9th to 17th
- Pine St. – 9th to 10th; 16th to 20th
- 13th St. – Filbert to Race
- Moyamensing – Washington to Wharton
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Incredibly, the latest version of a federal new tax bill would eliminate the Bicycle Commuting Benefit.
The Bicycle Commuter Benefit was created in 2009 as a way to encourage more people to commute by bicycle — and more businesses to encourage their employees to do so.
It does so by allowing any employer to provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for “reasonable expenses” incurred by the employee who bikes to work.
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According to the City of Philadelphia’s 2016-2017 Philadelphia Resident Survey Report, street conditions rank as one of the top concerning issues for residents of the city.
Streets repairs and cleaning were of the utmost concern to city residents, with 49 percent saying street repairs were poor in the city, and 56 percent saying lack of street cleaning was a problem.
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This week SEPTA is holding public hearings on the Environmental Impact Study for the Route 100 Norristown High Speed Line extension from King of Prussia to the Valley Forge Casino. The Bicycle Coalition attended one of those meetings on Monday and testified on better bike access to the stations and bike racks on new rail cars, as well safe bicycle and pedestrian connections to the Chester Valley Trail and Valley Forge National Historic Park.
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Last month, Henry Stroud of the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) reached out to us to solicit feedback on a proposed at-grade crossing of the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) in Norristown. We were contacted by Century Engineering, whose staffer took us on a walking tour of the area near the Norristown Transportation Center, at the s-bend of the trail at the bottom of the map below.
The trail is being realigned to accommodate the extension of Barbadoes St south through the parking lot of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU). Apparently, the original plans called for extending Barbadoes in a straight line that would have separated about 1/3 of MCIU’s lot from the main lot, and would have removed a few parking spaces. MCIU objected to this alignment, despite the fact that this portion of its lot is rarely used, and that the lot would still be available to its clients. More
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