PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s first protected bike path has been officially unveiled on Ryan Avenue in front of Lincoln High School in the Mayfair section of the city.
Clerena Tolson with the Office of Transportation explains a “bike barrier” was created by relocating the car parking lane closer to the traffic lane and creating a two-way bike path between the parked cars and the curb.READ MORE: Gas Prices Surge Again In New Jersey, Around The Nation
“So our bikers have a buffer,” she says.
“So you put the bike lane against the curb,” adds Bicycle coalition executive director Sarah Clark Stuart, “then the parked car, then the travel lane. That way, the bicyclist is protected from the moving cars by the parked cars and the increased separation makes everyone feel more comfortable.”READ MORE: Sixers Fall To Brooklyn Nets In Home Opener As Ben Simmons Saga Continues
John Boyle, research director with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, says while bikes are still legally allowed anywhere on the roadway, creating a separation makes everyone more comfortable:
“I think there’s a large percentage of the population that wants to bicycle, but they are freaked out by the traffic.”MORE NEWS: Southwest Philadelphia Shooting Leaves Man Wounded, Police Say
Clark Stuart anticipates we’ll soon be seeing more bike friendly roads like this one.