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DVRPC Rolls Out Its Traffic Stress Analysis For Bicycles

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has completed their Level of Traffic Stress Connectivity and Analysis for the PA Suburban Counties. Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) is a bicycle comfort index methodology for streets and paths developed by Peter Furth at the Mineta Institute. Levels of traffic stress range from 1 to 4 with LTS 1 being quiet […]

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NACTO 2017 Showcases Progress in Chicago

  Thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, I was able to attend the NACTO 2017 Conference in Chicago from October 30-November 2 in Chicago. NACTO or the National Association of City Transportation Officials. The City of Philadelphia is a founding member city of NACTO and was well represented by Streets Department Engineering Manager Vadim Fleysh along with Mike […]

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Wissahickon Gateway Project Update

  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) and its engineering partner Michael Baker held a community meeting in East Falls last week to get feedback about plans to upgrade the Wissahickon Transportation Center, redevelop parcels between it and the movie theater, and create a new segment of the Schuylkill River Trail along the waterfront, and other […]

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Sneak Peek into PennDOT Suburban Bike Lane Pilots

As we reported in March and September, the “death” of the Bicycle Occupancy Permit has paved the way (sorry for the pun) for making bike facilities less onerous to get installed in the PA suburbs. PennDOT decided that simply modifying its bike lane implementation protocol wasn’t enough, so it decided to install two suburban bike lanes […]

NJ TIP: Update

Well, we can report that the FY2018 Transportation Improvement Program for New Jersey (NJ TIP) is no longer a “draft.” Unfortunately, that is about the end of the good news for walking and biking advocates in New Jersey after yesterday’s DVRPC meeting to review and approve the NJ TIP for this round. As we covered […]

I-95 Cap and Delaware Trail Updates

By Karen Thompson, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation You might know the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) as the organization that brought you ice skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Or maybe you’ve heard about a little place called Spruce Street Harbor Park, where DRWC brings the shore to Philly every summer. In addition to our seasonal […]

Taney Street Neighbors Win Traffic Calming

In September, a website called Make Taney Safe popped on many Philadelphians’ radars. The site was put together by a group of Center City neighbors who had been complaining about the safety—or lack thereof—of Taney and Lombard Streets in Center City. “Since January 1, 2017, there have been 5 or more motor vehicle crashes per […]

House Bill 1657 (Curb Bill) Passes the House!

On Monday, October 2, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passed House Bill 1657, which would amend Title 75 by allowing motor vehicle parking lanes to be outside a bike lane on state roads and projects. We first told you about House Bill 1657 — the “curb bill” — here. Currently, PennDOT-specific projects do not allow for […]

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Take Action: PA Trails Funding Under Threat

It’s been widely reported that the Commonwealth’s budget for the next fiscal year remains unresolved, without a revenue plan in place to fund the current fiscal year and address a budget shortfall. A number of options are being considered to shore up the budget gap including severance taxes on fracking. One of the current revenue packages […]

Protected Bike Lane Explainer For 7/17 Meeting

After obtaining the necessary funding, the City of Philadelphia is committed to making streets safer for pedestrians, people who ride bicycles, and people who drive motor vehicles, by upgrading buffered bike lanes to protected bike lanes. Some specific lanes have been proposed for Lombard and South Streets in a small section of Southwestern Philadelphia. Once […]

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