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Bicycle CoalitionAs Mayor Kenney promised during his 2015 campaign, the City of Philadelphia is working to install 30 miles of protected bike lanes throughout the City.  More than 200 people attended last night’s public listening session about the City’s proposal to convert the paint buffered bike lanes on Lombard, 27th and South Streets into protected bike lanes. Lots of voices and opinions were heard at the meeting. From our observation of the conversations, it was a split decision; lots of voices opposed and in favor.

The meeting was held in an Open House format.  There were six boards and attendees were invited to read the boards, ask questions, hear answers from City staff, talk through their reactions and leave comments on sticky notes. 

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The proposal is to run a 6 month protected bike lane pilot on Lombard (b/w 22nd and 27th), 27th Street and South Street (b/w 27th and 21st).

In short, OTIS is proposing to:

  • Place delineator posts every 20 feet in the bike lane buffer zone
  • Add more loading zones on Lombard Street in the current parking lane
  • Change the signage and regulations to prohibit loading in the bicycle lane
  • Move The Philadelphia School bus staging to 25th Street
  • Add yield bars approaching SEPTA bus stops in the bike lane to notify bicyclists that they must yield to bus passengers

Now is the time to make sure your opinion about this proposal is considered by decision makers.  Please share your position with the City’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) and the office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, by sending them an email message.  You can click here to do so.

Sarah Clark Stuart


Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.

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