Free and Clear Bike Lanes is catchphrase we would like to roll off everyone's tongue. Free of obstructions and and clear of debris.
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The current situation on the Walnut Street Bridge is a perfect example. After the prolonged Ice/Snow storm the Streets Department (or PENNDOT?) simply dumped snow into the bike lane which has settled into dirty ice piles. Eventually those piles will melt and leave a coating of loose gravel which will continue to render the bike lane useless until it is cleaned up by a sweeper.
Note that the parking lane is perfectly clear.
Do you know of a bike lane obstructed by debris or otherwise hazardous?
1- Contact the Streets Department through pothole web page http://potholes.phila.gov
2 - If its a state road (the pothole website will tell you) call 1-800-FIX-ROAD. State the problem and notify them of the nearest cross street. The more details the better.
3- If these fail contact your district Council Person calling on the phone always works best.