A two-part report on the state of bicycling in Philadelphia. The first part uses our annual bike counts to identify trends in Philadelphia, and places Philadelphia within a national context. The second part uses this data to make policy and infrastructure recommendations.
The first part was released on August 21st. The second part will be released in September.
An examination of the limited bicycle and pedestrian access on twelve bridges crossing the Delaware River at or near Philadelphia. The report issues short and long-term recommendations for each bridge to improve its accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians, and makes the case for why such access is important.
In 2013, we partnered with Azavea to map the locations of bike crashes in Philadelphia. The crash data was supplied by PennDOT and covered the years 2007-2012.
Some important caveats about the map:
- This does not take into account bicycle volume. The map identifies Broad & Spruce as a high-crash intersection, but that intersection also sees some of the highest rates of bicycle traffic in the city. This makes the rate of crashes there significantly lower than the map would suggest.
- The data mapped are only reported bike crashes. Many bicyclists do not report their crashes to the police, either because there was neither injury nor damage, or because they believe (falsely) such things should not be reported to the police.
Working with the communities along the southern portion of the Broad Street Corridor, the Bicycle Coalition and volunteers from the Community Design Collaborative developed conceptual plans for what bike friendly streets might look like within the dense, primarily residential fabric of South Philadelphia, where cycling rates are some of the highest in the country. This report marks the beginnings of our Safe Streets, Healthy Neighborhoods campaign.
Using Bicycle Coalition counts and US Census statistics, this report maps and dissects bicycling in the city and region. By breaking down bicycle commuting rates by neighborhood, the report sheds new light on the high levels of bicycle commuting in Philadelphia’s core, where bicycle commuting rates in South Philly and Center City top 5%. This May 2011 report also shows how bike lanes significantly decrease the scourge of sidewalk bicycle riding.
The Ben Franklin Bridge shouldn’t be an obstacle course for bicyclists and pedestrians while being a race course for cars. This report makes recommendations to the Delaware River Port Authority on how to improve the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway so that it is a high quality transportation connector between Philadelphia and Camden for all of its users.
The path to urban sustainability is paved by streets that accommodate all users, not just cars and trucks. The 2008 bicycle counts, conducted by Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers at key intersections and the Schuylkill River bridges, found that bicycling had increased 104% since 2005.
This report presented an audit of existing Philadelphia bike parking conditions, and made policy recommendations for improving those conditions.
A 2-page outline of the policy actions we wanted the Nutter Administration to take to make Philadelphia the most bicycle friendly city in the nation.
Did you know (in 2008) that Philadelphia had 36,000 bicycle commuters and that up to 600 bicyclists crossed the Schuylkill River bridges during the evening rush? We compiled statistics for Philadelphia, surrounding counties, and the Delaware Valley region using the latest national and regional survey data.
August 21, 2014Report: What Our Bike Counts Reveal About Philly Bicycling
August 20, 2014Infographic: Philly Leads Big US Cities in Bicycle Commuting
August 19, 2014Bike PHL Facts: Our Report on the State of Bicycling in Philadelphia