The Dream of Bicycling is Alive in Philly

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New Signs & Bike Lanes Make Cycling in Philadelphia Easier

Over the past several months, City Planning Commission staff members, in partnership with the Streets Department, installed bicycle directional signage throughout Philadelphia. PCPC staff considered bicycle commuting patterns, crash data, existing and planned bicycle infrastructure, and areas with limited access to open space to determine effective locations for nearly 300 signs, of which 100 are already installed in neighborhoods ranging from Pennsport to Point Breeze.

The signs indicate distance and direction to parks, trails, and other destinations; promote bicycle safety by visually reminding motorists and pedestrians to share the road; and encourage cyclists to use streets that can safely accommodate multiple modes of traffic.

Funding for the initial round of signs comes from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly initiative, which promotes active transportation as one component of a larger effort to combat obesity citywide. The project is a positive step toward meeting several safety, transportation, and environmental goals articulated in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Philadelphia2035; the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan; and Greenworks.

Also in November, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities completed the The 13th Street bike lane pilot and announced that they will install a permanent lane. A MOTU report on data collected during the pilot is here. The 10th Street bike lane pilot expanded, as Streets Department crews extended the pilot lane north of Market Street. MOTU will work with stakeholders both north and south of Market Street to review findings on the 10th Street pilot in the coming months.

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