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                     (for more information about the Open House, contact Jeannette Brugger, jeannette.brugger@phila.gov 215-686-5521)

Six years after the advocacy for a parking-protected bike lane on West Chestnut Street began, the City of Philadelphia will hold an open house on its fifth project to calm traffic and to make a physically protected bikeway for bicyclists as part of Vision Zero and to implement its 2012 Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan.  This project is one of many that will make up Mayor Kenney’s commitment to install 30 miles of protected bike lanes during his administration and for which the City won a Multimodal Fund grant from the Commonwealth.  It will also be the City’s second “parked-car protected” bike lane (Ryan Avenue being the first).

The W. Chestnut Street protected bike lane—a safe lane for cyclists traveling from West Philadelphia to Center City—is planned to span from 34th Street to 45th Street in West Philadelphia, creating a safe place for cyclists, and a safer street for pedestrians and motor vehicle users, as well.  The new configuration is also planned to be extended to 22nd Street in Center City as part of forthcoming PennDOT’s Chestnut Street Bridge project.

West Chestnut Protected Bike Lane

Philadelphia’s Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeannette Brugger announced the plans for West Chestnut Street’s bike lane at the Third Vision Zero Conference on March 1, 2017.   Other improvements to this section of West Chestnut will include shortening pedestrian crossings, traffic calming and adding right turn lanes.

But before the fully funded project can be installed, the City is holding this public forum to discuss the lane—and we want you to be there.

Join us on April 19th to learn more about the W. Chestnut Street protected bike lane. While there, you will hear from city leaders and fellow citizens about the new bikeway.

 

Randy LoBasso

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