Our Reports

We periodically release reports on aspects of bicycling in our region. We use these reports to draw needed attention to critical issues, or to highlight strides we’ve made as a region in supporting safer bicycling and walking. Our reports draw on our own research, publicly or private-available data, and the work of collaborators in the public, academic, and private sectors. Our findings draw substantial local media attention and have been cited by outlets and other advocacy groups nationwide.

2017 | Bike PHL Facts
2016 | BCGP Annual Report
2016 | Circuit Trails Annual Report
2016 | Bike Counts
2017 | Cadence Youth Cycling* Report
*Cadence Youth Cycling is now known as Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling

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2015 | BCGP Annual Report
2015 | Bike Counts
2015 | Vision Zero Philadelphia

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A report on making Philadelphia’s streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This looks at crash data, separated by Councilmanic districts, neighborhoods, and intersections.

The report was released on June 24, 2015.

2015 | Better Mobility

Better Mobility laid out 10 strategies for the next mayor and City Council to help make a better, safer Philadelphia for all road users. All mayoral candidates agreed with the platform.

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2014 | Safer Streets Philadelphia

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A report on making Philadelphia’s streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This report compares Philadelphia to other peer cities based on transportation and bike lane mileage data.

The report was released on December 8, 2014.

2014 | Bike PHL Facts

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A two-part report on the state of bicycling in Philadelphia. The first part uses our annual bike counts to identify trends in Philadelphia, and places Philadelphia within a national context. The second part uses this data to make policy and infrastructure recommendations.

The first part was released on August 21st. The second part will be released in September.

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2013 | Crossover: Bridge Ahead Impassable

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An examination of the limited bicycle and pedestrian access on twelve bridges crossing the Delaware River at or near Philadelphia. The report issues short and long-term recommendations for each bridge to improve its accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians, and makes the case for why such access is important.

2013 | Crash locations in Philadelphia

In 2013, we partnered with Azavea to map the locations of bike crashes in Philadelphia. The crash data was supplied by PennDOT and covered the years 2007-2012.

Some important caveats about the map:

  • This does not take into account bicycle volume. The map identifies Broad & Spruce as a high-crash intersection, but that intersection also sees some of the highest rates of bicycle traffic in the city. This makes the rate of crashes there significantly lower than the map would suggest.
  • The data mapped are only reported bike crashes. Many bicyclists do not report their crashes to the police, either because there was neither injury nor damage, or because they believe (falsely) such things should not be reported to the police.

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2012 | Safe Streets, Healthy Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia Project

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Working with the communities along the southern portion of the Broad Street Corridor, the Bicycle Coalition and volunteers from the Community Design Collaborative developed conceptual plans for what bike friendly streets might look like within the dense, primarily residential fabric of South Philadelphia, where cycling rates are some of the highest in the country. This report marks the beginnings of our Safe Streets, Healthy Neighborhoods campaign.

2011 | Mode Shift: Philadelphia's Two-Wheeled Revolution in Progress

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Using Bicycle Coalition counts and US Census statistics, this report maps and dissects bicycling in the city and region. By breaking down bicycle commuting rates by neighborhood, the report sheds new light on the high levels of bicycle commuting in Philadelphia’s core, where bicycle commuting rates in South Philly and Center City top 5%. This May 2011 report also shows how bike lanes significantly decrease the scourge of sidewalk bicycle riding.

2010 | Crossing the Delaware for Transportation Independence

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The Ben Franklin Bridge shouldn’t be an obstacle course for bicyclists and pedestrians while being a race course for cars. This report makes recommendations to the Delaware River Port Authority on how to improve the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway so that it is a high quality transportation connector between Philadelphia and Camden for all of its users.

2008 | Double Dutch - Bicycling Jumps in Philadelphia

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The path to urban sustainability is paved by streets that accommodate all users, not just cars and trucks. The 2008 bicycle counts, conducted by Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers at key intersections and the Schuylkill River bridges, found that bicycling had increased 104% since 2005.

2008 | Philadelphia Bike Parking Study

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This report presented an audit of existing Philadelphia bike parking conditions, and made policy recommendations for improving those conditions.

2008 | Agenda for a Bicycle Friendly Philadelphia

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A 2-page outline of the policy actions we wanted the Nutter Administration to take to make Philadelphia the most bicycle friendly city in the nation.

2008 | Facts and Figures

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Did you know (in 2008) that Philadelphia had 36,000 bicycle commuters and that up to 600 bicyclists crossed the Schuylkill River bridges during the evening rush? We compiled statistics for Philadelphia, surrounding counties, and the Delaware Valley region using the latest national and regional survey data.

2008 | RiverLINE 4 Year Bike Access Report

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In March of 2004 NJ TRANSIT launched the RiverLINE Light Rail Service between Camden and Trenton, this 21st
century transit line offers exceptional bike access to the trains. This was due to the design of very simple and easy to board high level platforms, and rail cars that were designed easily to accommodate bicycles, wheelchairs and strollers. The response among bicyclists was beyond all expectations, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia estimates that 5% of the passengers brings their bicycle aboard.

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