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What Bicyclists Should Expect During the 2017 NFL Draft Event

The National Football League’s annual draft is coming to Philadelphia later this month, and in light of Homeland Security’s plans for the event, we want you to know (to the best of our knowledge) which streets will be open to bicycling, and which will be closed, and when.

The draft begins on Thursday, April 27 and will end on Saturday, April 29. It will be hosted by the City of Philadelphia, and takes place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval, and the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. However, some street closures will start prior to the actual event.

The event will take up the entirety of the Parkway, will be nationally televised, and is security is largely being directed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Here are the plans, and what to do during the Ben Franklin Parkway’s transition to a football person extravaganza:

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Philly 311: how to request street maintenance

Every cyclist knows the fear of hitting a pothole and cringing in hopes that your bike doesn’t go flying. What many don’t know is that the City of Philadelphia has a non-emergency hotline to report potholes and make requests for things like sweeping, maintenance, illegal dumping, graffiti, and more.

Philly 311 provides citizens with means to report an issue on any platform, by phone, email, social media, or in person.

The easiest way to report a problem is to download the Philly 311 app for IOS or Android, and create an account.

To “submit a request”, you’ll be offered some options.  Potholes can be specifically reported by clicking “pothole repair” and answering some questions.

If you have another bike related issue, use “Other” for things such as faded bike lanes, requesting a lane be swept, and reporting dead delineator posts or an abandoned bicycle that is cluttering up your favorite bike rack.

We strongly recommend that you take a picture, and using the app or reporting via the Philly 311 website allows you to receive an incident report in order to track the progress of your request.

 

 

Requests can also be made by phone by dialing 3-1-1, or via email to Philly311@phila.gov. Philly 311 can also be reached through social media, although requesting formally online rather than contacting the city through Twitter or Facebook proves to be more efficient.

A Walk-in Center is also available Monday-Friday from 8:15am-4:15pm at room 167 of City Hall.

W. Chestnut Street Protected Bike Lane Open House set for April 19th

 

                     (for more information about the Open House, contact Jeannette Brugger, jeannette.brugger@phila.gov 215-686-5521)

Six years after the advocacy for a parking-protected bike lane on West Chestnut Street began, the City of Philadelphia will hold an open house on its fifth project to calm traffic and to make a physically protected bikeway for bicyclists as part of Vision Zero and to implement its 2012 Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan.  This project is one of many that will make up Mayor Kenney’s commitment to install 30 miles of protected bike lanes during his administration and for which the City won a Multimodal Fund grant from the Commonwealth.  It will also be the City’s second “parked-car protected” bike lane (Ryan Avenue being the first).

The W. Chestnut Street protected bike lane—a safe lane for cyclists traveling from West Philadelphia to Center City—is planned to span from 34th Street to 45th Street in West Philadelphia, creating a safe place for cyclists, and a safer street for pedestrians and motor vehicle users, as well.  The new configuration is also planned to be extended to 22nd Street in Center City as part of forthcoming PennDOT’s Chestnut Street Bridge project.

West Chestnut Protected Bike Lane

Philadelphia’s Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeannette Brugger announced the plans for West Chestnut Street’s bike lane at the Third Vision Zero Conference on March 1, 2017.   Other improvements to this section of West Chestnut will include shortening pedestrian crossings, traffic calming and adding right turn lanes.

But before the fully funded project can be installed, the City is holding this public forum to discuss the lane—and we want you to be there.

Join us on April 19th to learn more about the W. Chestnut Street protected bike lane. While there, you will hear from city leaders and fellow citizens about the new bikeway.

 

Pedestrian Deaths Higher in Philly Than National Average

The Washington Post has a bombshell story today about the soaring rate of pedestrian deaths in the United States—but their look at data only tells part of the story for people in Philadelphia, where pedestrian deaths have been soaring at a greater rate than the national average.

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PennDOT Sustainable Action Committee to Bring Changes to I-95 Corridor

On March 20th, PennDOT kicked off a new Sustainable Action Committee concerning changes to I-95 through Philadelphia.

The first meeting discussed Sector B of I-95, which runs from Spring Garden Street to the Girard Point Bridge and Broad Street (via 676).

Such a project is being considered now because of Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal to cap I-95 at Penn’s Landing to create a new waterfront park, and because of new funding to create the Central Delaware Trail, a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue and Columbus Boulevard for which the Bicycle Coalition has been advocating.

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New podcast: On Bicyclist Behavior

On the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s newest podcast, hosts Waffiyyah Murray and Randy LoBasso speak with Cadence Youth Cycling coach Krystal Philson about bicyclist behavior, and the negative perceptions of cyclists supposedly breaking the law at higher rates than other road users.

The conversation was initiated by a recent survey which seems to show that cyclists, motor vehicle users, and pedestrians, all break laws at the same rate, which we first saw reported in StreetsBlog.

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Chester Creek Trail Opening Ceremony

The Chester Creek Trail in Delaware County is opening!

The opening announcement will be made at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the 1.5-mile marker on the Chester Creek Trail, with an access point to the ceremony located adjacent to the Mills at Glen Riddle (300 Pennell Road, Media, PA 19063).

Parking for the ribbon cutting ceremony will be available in the parking lot located behind the Mills at Glen Riddle. The parking lot is just a short walk to the trail however appropriate walking shoes are encouraged.

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10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup

The 10th annual Philly Spring Cleanup is less than two weeks away. From 9am to 2pm on Saturday, April 8th, hundreds of volunteer groups will take to the streets of Philadelphia for a day dedicated to clearing the trash and litter off the streets and beautifying the city.

Mayor Kenney spoke at the one-month cleanup countdown, held at Hunting Park Recreation Center in March, stating that “trash and litter does not fall from the sky,” and emphasizing the importance of Philly Spring Cleanup in keeping unwanted litter out of our neighborhoods. More

Circuit Trails Opening Day: Break a World Record

The Circuit Trails need your help breaking a world record.

Trail season opens next Saturday April 8, and the Circuit Trails are celebrating by attempting to break the Guinness World Record’s title for the longest fist-bump relay. The Circuit Trails are asking cyclists to come out to Penn Treaty Park from 2-3:30, and bring as many friends as you can to break the 300-person record.

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Explore the Circuits: Season kick-off

Come join the Bicycle Coalition for its kick-off to the start of trail season, an Explore the Circuits group ride held on Saturday, April 8.

The 18-mile, Triple Play ride will hit three different trails, the Schuylkill, Audubon, and the Perkiomen Trails.

The ride will also visit Sullivan’s Bridge, the newest crossing of the Schuylkill River opened in 2016.

After years of delay, the bridge marks the restoration of a safe route between Valley Forge and the Schuylkill River Trail.

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