Last night's meeting on the Spruce/Pine Bike Lanes went very well. (Health care has nothing on bike lanes!!) It was very well attended by an overflow crowd of over 150 people. Needless to say, bicyclists were well represented and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia THANKS ALL SUPPORTERS for coming out.
Steve Buckley from the Mayor's Office of Transportation gave the presentation and fielded the audience's questions (and comments), of which there were many. Some Society Hill residents did express concern and fear about the impact of the bike lanes on their neighborhood.
The Mayor's Office of Transportation is treating this project as a "pilot", in that they will test out the bike lanes and see what works and what doesn't, and then address them. The approach they are taking should be able to deal with the parking and congestion issues that some neighbors are concerned about.
To keep up the momentum, we urge supporters of these bike lanes to take a few minutes and send a personal email to City Council President Anna Verna, Councilman Frank DiCicco and all 7 At-Large Council members. They need to hear that there is strong public support for these lanes and this pilot project. Send an email now (it will go to all recipients listed above) using your own words about why you want these bike lanes.
Protected and connected bike lanes are what Philadelphia needs to convince more people to use a bike instead of a car for short trips. These lanes are important for the all of Philadephia and it should be good for neighborhoods as well.