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New configuration of the 1600-1800 blocks of the Ben Franklin Parkway as of March 30, 2015.

There was a lot of disbelief on Friday after the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reported that the bike lanes on the Ben Frankin Parkway were being temporarily eliminated due to a construction project.

The response to that blog, including your phone calls/emails/tweets, and a Philadelphia Magazine story that went up earlier today, made a real difference. The Streets Department told the Bicycle Coalition this afternoon that they will not be eliminating the bike lanes. Rather, they will maintain four feet bike lanes in both directions for the duration of the project, which is scheduled to go on through spring 2016. The original elimination of the bike lanes, they said, was an oversight.  We took the picture above this afternoon.

The Ben Franklin Parkway’s bike lanes are an important route between Center City and Fairmount, and help keep cyclists on those often-fast, busy streets, safer.

Those who made phone calls or sent emails to get this done: Thanks. As usual, we appreciate the work you do.  We also thank the Streets Department for listening to our concerns and taking steps to correct the matter so quickly by reinstating the bike lanes.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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