City Council Considers Veto Power For New Dedicated Bike Lanes In Philadelphia

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local lawmaker wants Philadelphia City Council to have more say in where bike lanes are placed throughout the city.

Councilman-at-Large Bill Greenlee has decided to revive his proposal — first introduced last year — that any new bike lanes would require City Council approval.

“We’re not trying to hold up bikes lanes,” Greenlee said. “We’re not against bikes or bike lanes, but we think there are places where there should be further discussion, and that there should be more involvement of stakeholders in the community.”

Greenlee never called his bill up for a vote last year. He says after the Nutter Administration created dedicated bike lanes on 10th and 13th streets, he heard from business owners on those corridors who felt they’d been left out of the process.

The Bicycle Coalition opposed the idea last year. The group called it an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.

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