MLK Drive was one of Philadelphia’s few success stories over the past year, and helped pave the way for cities around the world to respond in tow, closing their own streets in response to the pandemic.
More than 5,000 people have used the Drive on weekdays, according to electronic counts, and nearly 10,000 people on weekends, making MLK the most-used bike/ped path in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, 5,500 people signed a recent petition asking the city to reimagine the Drive as a street for people.
Despite that, the Philadelphia government announced earlier this week their plans to close the Drive to people in August, and hand it back over to motorists. We are disappointed in this news, for sure, and intend to continue advocacy for a better configuration for MLK Drive between now and then.
In the meantime, May is Bike Month and we want to invite you to join us on MLK on May 21st at 5:30pm.
MLK Drive has been an incredible resource for Philadelphians over the past year and we want to celebrate it. Join us at the Schuylkill Banks Pergoia (MLK Drive near the Art Museum, next to the Indego station) on May 21st at 5:30pm to celebrate this amazing resource that has brought more people than ever to city trails.
Who: You, your friends, your family, everyone
What: Celebrate MLK Drive
Where: MLK Drive (meet at the Schuylkill Banks Pergoia)
When: May 21st at 5:30pm