|West Chester Pike as it appears today (photo: Google Street View)|
|Proposed street layout for median bikeway|
A key component to the plan was a complete streets analysis (you can see that analysis at the bottom of this post) which looked at three options for the bikeway:
- Standard bike lanes next to parking;
- Two-way sidepath distinct from the sidewalk;
- Center median bikeway.
Upper Darby Public Works is taking written comments on the projects using this form and survey. You can fax your comments to 610-734-7775 (put "RE: West Chester Pike Study" on the cover) or mail it to:
Submit Comments and the survey to:
Upper Darby Township
Department of Public Works
100 Garrett Rd, Room 301
Upper Darby, PA 19082
The next step for the plan will be to present the plan to the Township Council, who will need to adopt it. It will be up to the residents to push for its implementation.
Using the median on West Chester Pike as a transportation corridor has been kicked around for years. In 2007 DVRPC conducted a feasibility study of making the median into a dedicated busway. The study recommended against it, citing insufficient bus traffic, pinch points and problematic left turn lanes. A bikeway that extends beyond Upper Darby could have similar challenges, but the implementation of this plan could become a pilot for such a facility.