Contact: Alex Doty, Executive Director
Phone: (215) 242-9253
Mobile: (215) 239-4749 (mobile)
Sarah Clark Stuart, Advocate
City Council Passes Green Zoning Code Amendment
New Construction Projects Will Be Required to Install Bicycle Racks
May 21, 2009 Philadelphia, PA - The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia applauds Philadelphia's City Council for passing an important piece of green legislation that will make the city more bicycle friendly and sustainable.
"This measure is an important remedy to the City's bicycle parking shortage," said Sarah Clark Stuart, an advocate for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, "it will require future buildings and parking lots to install adequate numbers of safe and secure bicycle racks."
"This measure signals that Philadelphia is serious about ensuring that new buildings accomodate bicycles and that they be built to encourage people to bike to them" says Ms. Stuart. "Additionally, this bill promotes sustainability by providing an incentive to developers to create sheltered bike racks in exchange for reducing the number of required auto parking spaces, thus providing a stormwater benefit."
The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman James Kenny and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., was developed by the Nutter Administration's City Planning Commission, Streets Department, Department of License and Inspections, and the Office of Transportation and Utilities in conjunction with the Bicycle Coalition through the Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan Steering Committee. It passed unaminously today by the full City Council.
"As a longtime advocate for public health and a proud new leader on the environment and sustainability, it is clear to me that bicycling makes sense for Philadelphia", says Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. She added, "If we are serious about changing our City's image and moving to become a healthier, greener Philadelphia, then it behooves us all to be serious about bicycling."
Philadelphia needs to double the number of people who bike to work" said Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "An essential step toward reaching that goal is for Philadelphia's zoning code to ensure the installation of top quality bicycle racks in sufficient numbers. When enacted, this bill guarantees that bike parking will no longer be an afterthought, but a key feature of Philadelphia's architectural landscape."