Three years ago, the Bicycle Coalition asked SEPTA and the Streets Department to collaborate to fix 24 prioritized intersections, to either remove and/or pave over inactive trolley tracks that were a hazard to bicyclists, pedestrians, physically challenged and motorists.
The intersections coincided with the old Route 23 trolley tracks and the initial zone where Indego was launched.
The agreement was spurred by a crash that occurred in December 2013 when former Bicycle Coalition staffer Katie Monroe broke her jaw in three places after a spill at 11th and Reed Streets.
By the end of 2015, 20 out of 24 intersections were fixed by either SEPTA or the Streets Department.
This past September, the dreaded tracks at 11th and Reed were removed and paved over. That left just one intersection remaining from the original list.
Well, we are now happy to report that around December 9th, SEPTA removed the trolley tracks from the stop bar on 12th Street, north of Ridge (approx. 100’ south of Brandywine), through the pedestrian crossing on the southwest and southeast corner of 12th and Spring Garden.
This is a major commuting route for many bicyclists and a very welcome improvement. SEPTA not only removed the tracks, but also hired a contractor to do the paving. Many thanks to everyone at SEPTA for making this important intersection safer for bicyclists and all users of the street.
We especially want to thank SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel and former Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler and Streets Department senior staff for making safety a priority and improving these intersections.