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Bicycling in Philadelphia Doubles According to Bike Count
PHILADELPHIA - November 21, 2008 - Bicycling in Philadelphia has doubled in the last three years according to a report by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The findings concluded that in the three years between 2005 and 2008, bicycling increased 104%, or roughly 35% per year. It also states that since 1990, bicycling in Philadelphia has increased 300%.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to see such a dramatic increase in bicycling but believes a further increase would have been possible if Philadelphia had a complete bicycle lane network and enhanced bicycle facilities.
"Bicycling doubled during a time when essentially no effort was made to encourage bicycling by the city," says Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "Imagine the number of people who will bike, and the resulting benefits of reduced greenhouse gasses and improved public health, if the city follows through on its promises to create more bicycle-friendly streets."
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recommends that Philadelphia create an east-west bicycle boulevard from 25th Street to Front Street and a north-south boulevard from Girard to Washington Avenue to enhance safety in Philadelphia's busiest bicycling corridors.
"The path to urban sustainability is paved by streets that accommodate all users, not just cars and trucks," says Advocacy Director John Boyle.
Counting all five Schuylkill River Bridges together, on average 600 bikes per hour (BPH) crossed the Schuylkill River between West Philadelphia and Center City during peak travel times in 2008, which has an average of 120 BPH per bridge. Overall, the average for all bridges and intersections in 2008 was 131 BPH.
"Riding a bike is about minimizing: reducing your carbon footprint, reducing your waistline, reducing your gas bill, and eliminating the drabness of your commute," says Doty. "By increasing biking, we are making Philadelphia a more and more livable city."
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia conducted counts in the fall of 2008 as part of their annual bike counts. Yearly bicycle counts are an important way to understand the current patterns and needs within the bicycle community; as such, the counts will directly influence the design and focus of Bicycle Coalition programs, including its adult outreach Bicycle Ambassadors program.
A complete copy of the 2008 Bike Count Report is available on the Bicycle Coalition's website at www.bicyclecoalition.org.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working with area governments and community organizations to help improve bicycling safety and education in southeast Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. The mission of the Bicycle Coalition is making bicycling better through advocacy and education by promoting biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. For more information: www.bicyclecoalition.org.
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