This Week in Bicycling: Our Weekly News Roundup

by | November 6, 2015 | Biking in Philly, Biking the Suburbs | 0 comments


The Philadelphia Inquirer put together a nice spread about the new Manayunk Bridge. “Trails have proven to be economic drivers in the region, said John Boyle, research director for the Bicycle Coalition. A 2009 study – the most recent data – found the Schuylkill River Trail’s 800,000 annual users generated $7.2 million through spending on items ranging from clothes to food. The Delaware and Lehigh Trail, which runs through Bucks County, Allentown, and Jim Thorpe to White Haven, generates $19 million a year, he said.”

And speaking of the new Bridge, many users were upset about the opening/closing times. We put together an explainer showing why the bridge opens at 8am and closes at 6pm for the time being. The main issue is lighting: There is none.

Know how there was an election on Tuesday? Well, Democrat Jim Kenney won the mayorship. Kenney supports a Vision Zero policy, which is very cool.

Mayor-Elect Kenney also named Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Sarah Clark Stuart to his transition team.

The Bicycle Coalition made our Vision Zero Philadelphia conference public earlier today. It takes place Dec. 3, there are a number of speakers, panels, and break-out sessions focused on safety issues. If you want to attend, you can get tickets here.

There have been a number of harassment incidents on the Schuylkill River Trail as of late. City officials held a meeting about it on Thursday, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia offered five recommendations to make the trail safer.

The U.S. Congress attacked walking and biking funds in the newest version of the Transportation Bill. Thankfully, those funds were restored.

A new study actually shows more injuries after New York City bike installed a new bike lane, even though most studies show bike lanes reducing traffic crashes. Philadelphia Magazine’s Citified blog looked at the data to figure out why this outlier study exists.

Fox29 had a really good story about rules of the road earlier this week, focusing on cyclist Kate Mundie’s unfortunate incident in which, though following all the rules of the road, she was verbally assaulted by a misogynist, dirtbag driver.

An M. Night Shyamalan movie will begin shooting in Philadelphia next week. It will partially block the Pine Street bike lane in Center City. Boo!

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