A new parking-protected bike lane is coming to 13th Street in North, South, and Center City, Philadelphia. The north section of that parking-protected lane, between Girard and Cecil B. Moore, is coming along, with motor vehicle parking already been moved over to the outside of the bike lane.
The formerly 22 foot wide vehicle lane encourages unsafe speeds, and as a cycling arterial among people who commute by bicycle in North Philadelphia, including
For Temple students and employees commuting up from Center City and South Philly, as well as anyone else traveling north through Philadelphia, for any reason, it has made for a dangerous combination. This new project is welcome.
The Yorktown Green and Complete Streets Project on 13th Street is intended to have a traffic calming affect and increase safety for all users, and will be a great link in the 13th Street bicycle network.
Additionally, the section of North 13th Street will also be getting stormwater planters to manage street and sidewalk runoff by providing storage, infiltration, and controlled overflow.
We are excited to see this project moving forward, and the additional sections of 13th Street which will be getting much-needed protected bike lanes—especially sections south of Market Street, through Midtown Village and Washington West.