And now PENNDOT has put in a barricade across the bike lane, they also put up a no bikes sign next to the bikes only sign. The irony did not get past those armed with cell phone cameras and the contradiction quickly showed up on the FAIL blog.
Streets Department District Engineer Dave Dlugosz explained that the bike lane will be a staging area for phase 1 of the reconstruction of the 2900 block of Chestnut and Market Streets. The The contraflow bike lane will be open for good in the summer at the completion of stage 1. The standard bike lanes between Market and Walnut will not reopen until the completion of the project in late fall. The good news is that this will give the city time to come up with a fix for the illegal parking problem in the contraflow bike lane.