We're glad to report that Philadelphia, the city with the largest percentage of bike commuters among large American cities, is joining its peer cities by installing its first green bike lane!
We spotted green paint going down on the Ben Franklin Parkway's new outer roadway bike lanes late this afternoon. These new lanes are part of the Parkway re-construction that the Department of Parks and Recreation formally announced in 2010. The construction project is improving the 2000-2200 blocks of the Parkway for pedestrians and cyclists, as reported back in July. The Bicycle Coalition worked with DPR and the Streets Department to improve the transition zone to help cyclists move across 20th Street safely over to the outer roadway, which will be made as part of this construction project.
This is great news for Philadelphia and just in time for Bike Philly, whose route is on both sides of the Parkway. Have you registered yet?