City Council approved and sent to the mayor an overhaul of the Philadelphia traffic code and the head of a local bicyclists group says it’s time for everyone to pay heed, including cyclists.
Councilman Mark Squilla, author of the plan, calls it “Complete Streets” — an extensive series of changes to the Philadelphia traffic code — prompted particularly by the growing number of people on bikes.
Bicycle advocates – and the Nutter Administration – are reluctantly going along with a proposal to give Philadelphia City Council more control over the location of bike lanes.
“What we’ve noticed is that the parking there has created some back-ups during the peak hours,” spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities Andrew Stober says. “So we’re going to be instituting what is called a ‘peak hour clearance’.
City officials have declared a six-month test of a new bicycle lane on 13th Street in Center City a success, so the lane will now become permanent.
A Philadelphia city councilman wants any future bike lanes in the city to require Council approval. The new buffered lanes on Spruce and Pine, and upcoming bike lanes on 10th and 13th streets were products of the Nutter Administration.
More than a year after the city created bike-only lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets, officials are looking at the same thing for some north-south streets.