November 26, 2012
City Council and Mayor Nutter are about to set smarter rules of the road for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists - making this a fine time to push ahead with plans to make Philadelphia the next great city with a bicycle-sharing program. A bill before Council could improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians alike by imposing fines of up to $75 for riding on sidewalks or running a red light. Drivers could be fined for parking in a bike lane or opening car doors into oncoming bicycle traffic.
November 13, 2012
MAYBE MY "paranoia" is spreading. A while back, while commenting on the freewheeling "bicycle issue," I speculated that the city seemed to be waging an undeclared war on the automobile. That's just crazy, I was told, despite radical bikeheads' ongoing demonization of automobiles. Now comes Philadelphia magazine, with a big splash this month about how Philly (despite evidence to the contrary) is getting smarter, plus younger and cooler. It included a few paragraphs headlined, "Carless Philadelphia.
October 27, 2011 |
A two-week trial to reduce automobile traffic lanes from four to three on Market Street and JFK Boulevard, between 15th and 20th streets, to allow for bicycle lanes, did not hamper either parking nor loading and deliveries, the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities said yesterday. "The trial has demonstrated that it's worth continuing to explore options for transforming Market Street and JFK west of City Hall into truly complete streets: streets that well serve pedestrians, buses, cars, delivery vehicles and bikes," said Rina Cutler, the deputy mayor for Transportation and Utilities.
April 7, 2011
S PRING IS HERE , The weather is milder. Now the bicyclists Start riding wilder. With icy storms behind us, the city is ready to pump up bicycle lanes, like Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors," while shrouding its plans (to thwart opponents from organizing, I suspect). It's following the tactics of New York City, which now finds one of its "popular" (according to the city) Brooklyn bike lanes under legal attack. But, first, Philly. The Good News: Long delays - meaning cars waiting for two or three light changes to cross Broad - have been greatly reduced at Pine and Spruce, two major intersections mysteriously "overlooked" when the city did a study of wait times.
September 26, 2010
Robert M. Kelley is an Inquirer editor If you walk much in Center City, this will sound familiar: You wait for the light to change, start crossing with the walk signal. Then - at the last second - you see a bicycle bearing down on you against the light. You stop just before it hits you - even though you had the right-of-way. A close call for you, but here's the bicyclists' side: They are trying to keep up with the fast flow of motor-vehicle traffic - often not by their own choosing but because of the shortage of bicycle lanes - yet they do not feel bound to observe lights or crossings.
July 15, 2009 |
In a bid to increase bicycling in Philadelphia, the city plans to designate one lane along two major streets - Spruce and Pine - for bikes, leaving the other lane for all vehicular traffic. City workers will paint new lines along both streets, from river to river, officials said, with the pilot project beginning around Labor Day. Philadelphia currently has 32 miles of multiuse trails (no cars) and 205 miles of bicycle lanes - but only four miles of dedicated lanes in Center City.
October 4, 2008
When the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was modeled on the Champs-?lys?es a century ago, Philadelphians stumbled over one critically important detail: They failed to include the sidewalk cafes. Until this week. On Monday, the first year-round cafe on the Parkway opened on a triangular slice of Fairmount Park land at 16th Street near JFK Plaza's LOVE Park. At a festive ceremony amid cascades of red balloons, state and city officials joined civic leaders to herald this slice of Paris.
July 19, 2008
It was a hair-raising adventure for many of the folks on foot who carefully made their way to the center lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Thursday's public announcement of a welcome $17.1 million plan to upgrade the boulevard. Cars whizzed along the outer lanes as usual, making some pedestrians' journey a potential life-and-death moment. Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter needed no better illustration of why the Parkway needs to be more pedestrian-friendly. Their announcement was welcome to those who have waged a years-long effort to wrest back the Parkway from car and truck traffic.
January 26, 2007
Voorhees, Cherry Hill must make room to ride Re: "Time to stand up for the Stafford Horse Farm," letter, Dec. 7. I am part of the reason for the intrusion of a Rite-Aid pharmacy next to the horse farm in Voorhees, an intrusion that Lori Volpe condemns: As a baby boomer who is moving from the mid-50s to the 60s, I find myself requiring prescription drugs more and more frequently. I, too, do not want another pharmacy to replace trees. But if this is to happen, I would think it prudent for the township to give consideration to something other than tax revenue: bike lanes.
November 9, 2006
RE "Why drivers go wild" (letters, Nov. 2): In his indictment of Philadelphia motorists, Len Trower suggests that we might be driving too slowly. This is about as smart as the letter-writer who argued that tavern patrons should be armed. And as for his assertion that the city's bicycle lanes are "useless," I invite Mr. Trower to join me and the thousands of other bike commuters who use these lanes daily. He'll get a different perspective on Philadelphia traffic - as well as exercise.