Philadelphia may have nearly 230 miles of bike lanes, but the bike network needs more in order to close gaps and make our streets safer. Additionally, higher quality bike lanes are needed to improve safety and encourage more bicycling. Many factors control when and where bike lanes are installed by the City of Philadelphia. One of those factors is the support of City Council members. Sometimes, there is a need to make clear to City Council members that they have constituent support for more and better bike lanes.
While Council approval is not needed for the Streets Department to install standard (5 foot painted) bike lanes, Council support helps! Formal Council approval is required to put in protected lanes that replaces a lane designated for motor vehicle traffic.
That’s why the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created this new Bike Lane Toolkit. It’s one-stop page dedicated to your input.
To use it:
1) Find your district.
2) See which streets are prioritized for bike lanes and other infrastructure.
3) Use our online system to send your Councilperson a letter stating your dedication to bike lanes. Tell your Councilperson which streets that have been prioritized for bike lanes and other infrastructure matter to you, and why.
4) Interested in finding out where we’re proposing protected bike lanes? Click here.
Note: What about bike lanes outside Philadelphia? We will be rolling out a suburban Toolkit later in 2016.