We have enjoyed a burst of good news in the past month for bicycling in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Just this week, the City of Philadelphia announced that the 13th Street bike lane will be permanent. Six regional trail projects have held groundbreakings or ribbon cuttings in the past month. In late October, hundreds of bicycling advocates and artisans gathered at the Philly Bike Expo, where they were met by thousands of bicycling enthusiasts. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a bicyclist in our region.
But these positives are counterbalanced by challenges. We fended off the latest attack
on Federal transportation funding for bicycling, but there will be more. Pennsylvania is considering a safe passing bill, which is good news but needs PA Senate support. And in Philadelphia, the 10th Street bike lane has many more opponents than the 13th Street lane.
Our membership program funds and fuels our advocacy work. We stay abreast of trail openings, public meetings, and legislation, keeping you informed and speaking loudly for bicycling's place at the table. If you have never been a member before, or your membership is expiring, please join us today and help keep the good news coming.
Alex Doty, Executive Director
|A Busy Past Month For New Trails and Bike Lanes
While you may have been on your couch mourning the Phillies, the Eagles, and/or the 76ers, a whole heap of regional trail news arrived. Here is a recap:
- Lardner's Point Park will be a new park on the Delaware River just south of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. The park will serve as a trailhead for the Delaware Riverfront Greenway. Construction is set to begin soon.
- In Chester County, funding was approved for 1.1 miles of bike lane and 2 miles of sidewalk along Route 82 in East Marlborough Township.
- In Philadelphia, the 13th Street pilot bike lane was declared successful, and it will be made permanent.
- The Cynwyd Heritage Trail opened with fanfare in late October.
- The Bicycle Coalition's Sarah Clark Stuart participated in a landmark handshake atop the Manayunk Bridge on October 20th. The photo op was to mark the beginning of the cooperation between various municipalities, organizations and agencies which will build a pedestrian and bicycle trail atop the Manayunk Bridge.
- A groundbreaking was held on November 1st for much-awaited construction on the Manayunk Tow Path Canal.
- The 5.6 mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail at Spring City officially opened on October 25th.
Take Action: Tell Your PA State Senator To Support The Safe Passing Bill
Every bicyclist knows how it feels to have a car, truck or bus pass too close for comfort or suddenly turn right into your path. Between 8-12% of bicycle crashes are due to motorists misjudging the space required to pass a bicyclist or turning into the path of an approaching bicyclist. Already 15 states have passed "safe passing bills" amending their motor vehicle codes to provide bicyclists the protection of law from passing motor vehicles.
Earlier this summer, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives passed its own 4 foot safe passing bill, HB170.
It's now up to the Pennsylvania Senate to pass HB170 with no amendments. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please send a letter today to your state senator and follow up with a phone call to their office. Take action to help make Pennsylvania's roads safer for bicycling.
| Time To Renew Your Membership!|
We recently moved our membership program to a rolling basis, but the majority of our members renew in the fall or winter. Now is the time to renew your membership!
Your membership fuels our efforts to improve bicycling in the Greater Philadelphia Region. From new bike lanes to a completed Schuylkill River Trail, we speak loudly for your interests as a bicyclist. Benefits of your membership include:
Have you changed your mailing address or e-mail address? Let us know by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attendance at our yearly Annual Meeting
- The monthly CycleGram e-newsletter
- Discounts at over 30 bike-related retailers
- Discounted registration at Bike Philly
- A tax deduction
We Are Seeking Parents Of Philadelphia Public Elementary School Students
Are you a parent of a Philadelphia elementary school student? We want to hear from you!
Safe Routes Philly is looking for parents of Philadelphia public elementary school students to discuss issues of traffic safety. These focus groups are being held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Upcoming focus groups:
- Tuesday, November 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, at Frances E. Willard Elementary School (1930 East Elkhart Street)
- Wednesday, November 30, from 6 to 8 pm at George Sharswood Elementary School (2300 S. 2nd Street)
You do not need to be a parent of a student at these schools to participate. Additional focus groups will be scheduled at other Philadelphia public schools in the coming weeks. Those dates, times, and locations will be posted to the Safe Routes Philly website here
To participate, contact Benjamin Cromie at the Bicycle Coalition at 215-242-9253 ext 308
If you are not a parent, but know parents who might be interested in participating, please forward this invitation to them! The more participants we receive, the better our results.
Each focus group conversation will include light food and participants will receive a small non-monetary token of our gratitude.
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
1500 Walnut St Suite 1107
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102