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Bicycle Coalition

On January 29, 2019, the City of Philadelphia’s oTIS (Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Suatainability) is hosting an Open House at Yards Brewery from 6-7:30 pm to discuss upcoming protected bike lane projects.

You should go. Voice your opinion about these important projects, and let’s make sure Philadelphia’s protected bike lane network gets built!

Protected bike lanes make corridors safer for people walking, biking, and driving, make dedicated space for bicycles in the roadway and encourage more Philadelphians to consider biking for transportation. The meeting will focus on bicycle lane projects on 2nd, 5th, & 6th Streets. Come and share your thoughts on these upcoming projects. Below is a summarization of the upcoming projects that will be discussed at the meetings.

RSVP for that meeting here, and see some of the details from OTIS as to what is proposed, and why, below:

2nd Street Protected Bike Lane Project: Spring Garden to Race Streets

The problem:

  • There were 42 crashes on 2nd Street between Race and Spring Garden from 2013 to 2017. 1 involved a bicycle and a vehicle and 6 involved a pedestrian and a vehicle.
  • 6 people were injured in crashes form 2013 to 2017

Proposed Solution:

  • Create a high-quality southbound bike connection between Northern Liberties and Olde City
  • Refresh lane markings and crosswalks
  • Make dedicated space for bicycles in the roadway
  • Reduce the number of possible right-hook crash locations by relocating the bike lanes to the left hand side

5th Street Protected Bike Lane Project: Spring Garden to Market Streets

The problem:

  • There were 56 crashes on 5th Street between Market and Spring Garden from 2013 to 2017. Two involved a bicycle and a vehicle and 6 involved a pedestrian and a vehicle.
  • 53 people were injured in crashes on 5th Street between 2013 and 2017, including 8 people walking and 2 people riding bikes.

Proposed Solution:

  • Create a high-quality northbound bike connection between Old City and Northern Liberties
  • Refresh lane markings and crosswalks
  • Make a dedicated space for bicycles in the roadway
  • Resize vehicle lanes to encourage safe speeds

6th Street Protected Bike Lane Project: Spring Garden to Market Streets

The problem:

  • There were 88 crashes on 6th Street between Market and Spring Garden from 2013 to 2017. Five involved a bicycle and a vehicle and 7 involved a pedestrian and a vehicle.
  • 99 people were injured in crashes on 6th Street between 2013 and 2017, including 7 people walking and 5 people riding bikes.

Proposed Solution:

  • Create a high-quality southbound bike connection between Northern Liberties and Old City
  • Refresh lane markings and crosswalks
  • Make a dedicated space for bicycles in the roadway by upgrading entire corridor for bike lanes
  • Resize vehicle lanes to encourage safe speeds

Randy LoBasso

Author

Randy LoBasso is the policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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