Bike Lanes matter, that's the conclusion of the Center City District's study of AM Rush Hour bike traffic on northbound streets at the intersection of Spruce from 3rd to 22nd. The 22nd Street bike lane carried on average 209 bikes an hour - more than twice the number of the second busiest street 13th. Add up all the streets together and on average 790 bikes crossed Spruce Street in between 8 and 9 AM.
The report calls for "an entire system of management: bike lanes, rules of the road, traffic signals for both both cyclists and motorists, and real enforcement equally for all."
But the report was not all "Rah rah yay bikes!" a talking point for bike lanes was that they will "free up streets for motorists for whom bicyclists can pose an equally annoying hazard". As if being annoyed is the biggest issue that cyclists have with automobile traffic.
In the long run I hope that design roads using the teachings of Hans Monderman - the future of safe urban and village streets lies with shared spaces: no crosswalks, curbs, bike lanes or traffic lights.