PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As Philadelphia today hosts the big bike race, city officials are in the midst of a battle over adding new bicycle-only lanes to some Center City streets.

A City Council committee this past week debated whether the Nutter Administration should get Council’s approval before adding any new bicycle only lanes. This comes in the wake of the announcement from the mayor’s office that 10th and 13th Streets would get dedicated bike lanes.

Councilman Bill Green sparred over this with Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler:

G: So the decision to go on 10th and 13th had nothing to do….

C: Oh, I respectfully disagree.

G: … with public safety. It’s what was left.

C: Every street we look at — all of that is about public safety.

The core of the issue is whether neighborhoods affected by bicycle-only lanes are getting a chance to weigh in before the decisions are made.

The 10th and 13th Street lanes open later this month on a six-month pilot basis.

Reported By Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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