Bike in Philly

We just received an announcement from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation noting that, due to another crash at the bridge connecting Forbidden Drive and the Wissahickon Bike Trail, the bridge is closed, again. The person driving the minivan which crashed off the Drive, damaging the bridge, has apparently abandoned the vehicle and it’s been sitting there for over a week. Not good! Here is a statement from PPR:

Due to structural damage from a recent vehicular accident, the bridge connecting Forbidden Drive to the Wissahickon Bike Trail (near “Ten Box”) is closed. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, February 28, bicyclists and pedestrians will not be able to use the trail to connect from Forbidden Drive to Ridge Avenue.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation prioritizes the safety of trail users and thanks them for their patience while we conduct a thorough assessment of the damage. We will share additional updates on the length of the closure and recommended detours as soon as possible.

As we’ve written before, the speeds on Lincoln Drive are much too fast; crashes like this one are commonplace and have the potential to make even safe, off-street trails through the woods, like this one, hazardous.

As readers of this blog, and followers of our advocacy may remember, we called for a road diet on Lincoln Drive in the past. That plan was not taken seriously, and even minimal treatments to stop illegal parking on the shoulders of Lincoln were rejected by near-neighbors. Since that time, carnage has continued.

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