Philadelphia, PA. - May 21, 2010. In celebration of National Bike to
Work Day on May 21st, Mayor Michael F. Nutter will announce today several
programs funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that his
Administration is working on to help make Philadelphia more bicycle and pedestrian friendly at
an 8am press conference at Dilworth Plaza following his bike ride to work from
the Art Museum steps.
Philadelphia/Camden is one of 51
communities that received a highly competitive TIGER grant from the U.S.
Department of Transportation for $23 million to build multi-use paths. The Streets Department is over-seeing the $17.2 million that Philadelphia will
receive to fill critical gaps in the walking and biking paths along
Philadelphia's riverfronts, expanding active transportation choices. Philadelphia
also received a multi-million dollar grant from the Center for Disease Control
to fight obesity. The Department of Health is devoting $600,000 to fight
obesity by promote an active lifestyle and the planning and infrastructure to
support walking a biking. A new safety program administered by the Bicycle
Coalition will teach all Philadelphia
Public School second
graders and fifth graders about safe walking and biking. The Planning Commission will be using funds
to complete a city-wide master Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan to facilitate better
bicycling and pedestrian facilities.
is taking full advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help
more bicycle and pedestrian friendly," said Mayor Michael Nutter.
"These programs are creating jobs, building infrastructure, fighting
obesity and creating a more livable and economically competitive region."
Alex Doty, Executive Director of
the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia congratulated Mayor Nutter for
working so hard to win federal dollars to make the region more
sustainable. "Philadelphia is now in a better position to
transform itself into a more livable city where people can safely bicycle and walk to work,
school and all kinds of short trips."
Where and When: Press conference at 8:00am at
Dilworth Plaza following a Bike to Work Ride led by Mayor Nutter starting at
the Art Museum steps at 7:50am.