Next Steps for More Protected Bike Lanes

Cyclists in Philadelphia may be seeing more bike lanes added to three high-traffic streets in the near future.

The City of Philadelphia’s OTIS (Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability) invited community members to Yards Brewery late January for an open house on upcoming protected bike lane projects.

OTIS pinpointed three streets in Old City where high numbers of traffic accidents occur and suggested protected bike lanes to prevent cyclist and pedestrian injury and death.

According to OTIS, between 2013 and 2017 over 150 people were injured on 5th and 6th Street between Spring Garden and Market Streets; the proposed solution would create a southbound bike lane on 6th Street, and a northbound bike lane on 5th street. A high number of injuries also occurs on 2nd Street between Spring Garden and Race Streets, where OTIS proposed a protected bike lane to minimize accidents.

OTIS marked the open house a success and has begun petitioning alongside nonprofits like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for councilman Mark Squilla to make these bike lanes a reality.

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