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We Need Volunteers. You Need Free Beer

As we’ve been promoting recently, the Bikes & Beers is coming to the area on July 8th, and one of our favorite breweries is the host: Flying Fish. We must not have done a great job of promoting the fact that we need volunteers for the event, because we usually have more than we can […]

36 Municipalities Have Now Signed Circuit Resolution

In an April blog post, we reported that the Circuit Coalition’s initiative to garner support for constructing 500 miles by 2025 was “gathering steam,” with 20+ municipalities on board. At that time, we were also pursuing counties to get them to sign the resolution, but had yet to get one on board. A few months later […]

Chestnut and American Street Protected Bike Lanes Pass City Council

All these years later, two Philly neighborhoods will get protected bike lanes. On Thursday, Council passed two bicycle-related bills—one for a parking protected bike lane on West Chestnut Street between 45th and 34th Streets; and one for a raised center-lane protected bike lane on American Street, from Lehigh Avenue to Jefferson Street.

Manayunk Bridge Lighting Moved Back To 2019

On Monday June 19th, a small group of planners, local decision-makers, and concerned citizens met at the Manayunk Brewing Company to discuss the progress of the bridge lighting project. Officials were on hand from Philly Parks & Rec, Whitman, Requardt and Associates Engineering, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and Lower Merion Township. They displayed posters […]

Post BOP: The After-Party

For those who may have missed it, PennDOT recently eliminated the Bicycle Occupancy Permit (BOP) and replaced it with a less restrictive permitting process for new bike lanes on state roads. This was a major victory for road safety in Pennsylvania. Just as folks were beginning to wonder what suburban PA cycling would look like in […]

Encourage your town/borough to apply for federal funding for new bike/ped facilities

In early July, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin accepting applications for the “Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program” (TA Set-Aside). This was previously known as the “Transportation Alternatives Program” (TAP).

Learn About Lighting the Manayunk Bridge

The Manayunk Bridge Trail opened in 2015 ready for some fine pedalin’. Or so we thought. The bike/ped trail bridge, which connects Manayunk, in Philadelphia County; to Lower Merion, in Montgomery County; can be a great commuter route. Except: When the bridge was constructed, lights were not included in the budget—which means Parks and Rec […]

Keep Track of Faded Bike Lanes with #FadedPHL

Last fall, in an effort to better understand the condition of bicycle infrastructure across the city, we asked our members and supporters to email us pictures of faded pavement markings. Based on nearly three dozen responses, we mapped streets with pavement markings in need of “refreshing”–available on our “Bike Maps” page. It was extremely helpful. […]

PENNDOT Abolishes the Bikeway Occupancy Permit

After an 11 year advocacy effort, PENNDOT has finally eliminated the Bikeway Occupancy Permit (BOP) and replaced it with Bike Lane Request/Approval Letters. The BOP, which had been law up until now, required a municipality that wanted a new bike lane to maintain any bikeway in PENNDOT’s right of way. For example, if a bike […]

TIGER Grants Saved—for Now

Earlier this month, Congress passed—and the president signed—a budget deal that continues funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program. The deal will fund operations through September 30, 2017.

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