Protected Bike Lanes Announced on South Street
One (tiny) win for safer streets in Philadelphia!
City officials announced plans to construct a protected bike lane on South Street from 21st Street the 27th Street at the base of the bridge. See the visual here:
The project will include restriping the existing paint buffered lanes and flexible delineator posts on South and 27th Streets; with completion expected in mid-2018. The announcement is (partially) due to a result of community outreach, including a community listening session in July 2017.
The announcement comes just two weeks after a bicyclist was tragically killed by a person driving a sanitation truck at 11th and Spruce. According to Kelley Yemen, the City’s Director of Complete Streets,
“Protected bicycle lanes on these streets are particularly important as the City looks to build a bicycle network for people of all ages and abilities for everyday trips to work, school, and for recreation. Protected bicycle lanes will create a safe space for people of all ages to bicycle, eliminate loading and parking in the bicycle lane, and clearly separate bicycle space from vehicle space.”
Great progress. Next, protected bike lanes for Spruce and Pine Streets?!