JANUARY 31, 2012. PHILADELPHIA, PA. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) will unveil plans for a redesigned South Philly streetscape at a February 1st public meeting. The designs will suggest infrastructure changes to make South Philly streets safer and more appealing to pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit users, while preserving vehicular traffic flow.
The design work is part of the Bicycle Coalition's new "Safe Streets For Healthy Neighborhoods" initiative. The advocacy group is examining how Philadelphia can apply innovative transportation infrastructure to improve its neighborhoods. The goal is to improve Philadelphia's quality of life by making its streets friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians.
"We picked South Philly as our first focus because of its existing high rates of bicycling, and because there isn't much bicycling infrastructure," said Sarah Clark Stuart, Campaign Director for the Bicycle Coalition. "The City's bike plan calls for north-south corridors through South Philly, but they aren't in place yet, so this project can provide some of that initial legwork."
The Bicycle Coalition and the CDC design team held a first meeting last November near 12th & Passyunk, where they solicited the input of South Philly residents, commuters, and business owners. The design team will present initial designs at Wednesday's meeting, and offer another chance for public community feedback. The final conceptual designs will be presented in April.
"The Community Design Collaborative awarded the Bicycle Coalition a grant for this design work," said Susan Dannenberg, Research Fellow with the Bicycle Coalition. "This initiative is a terrific example of how Philadelphia's residents, politicians, advocates and designers can work together to make our streets more enjoyable and safer places to walk, shop, and commute."
While the initiative is not an official project commissioned by the City of Philadelphia, City departments are paying close attention. Dannenberg expects representatives from the City's Planning, Streets, Water, and Transportation and Utilities departments to be in attendance.
Date, time, and location of the meeting are below:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Guerin Recreation Center
1600 Jackson Street, Phila PA 19145
About the Community Design Collaborative
The Community Design Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono predevelopment design services to nonprofit organizations, offers unique volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.