Chestnut Street loses its grooviness:
Chestnut Street is repaved (hooray!) As always the bike lanes get painted last (boo), and it looks like there will be no extension of the bike lanes west of 34th (hiss). Fortunately the new bike lanes on Market St connect via 34th Street to the Chestnut Street bike lane to create a contiguous if somewhat crooked eastbound route.
Coming up next - a new bike lane on 30th Street between Market and Walnut with a contraflow northbound bike lane on the one way portion between Chestnut and Market. We hear that this short but important connection could be done this fall.
PPA Continues Meter Pole Conversion:
On Thursday Philadelphia Parking Authority employees were out attaching new post ring bike racks to meter poles on Arch St. at the Reading Terminal Market, a location that chronically suffers from a shortage of bike parking.
Where kinetic sculptures go to die:
Perhaps the best place to view Red Bull Flugtag on the Camden waterfront on Saturday is from the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway. This event, which is basically watching contraptions (and participants) fall off a 30 foot ledge, attracts huge crowds -Recent Flugtag events have drawn close to 100,000 spectators. Getting there by bike is a good idea.
PNBR - the briefest of them all:
The starting temp on Sunday for the Philly Naked Bike Ride at dusk should be about 71 degrees with a breeze of around 11mph. Not as chilly as last year but it may be a bit cool after sunset.