Yes Fellow Cyclists, there is a Santa Claus....
Over the past two weeks, the famous 12 inch "hoagie" turn at the corner of Kelly Drive and Ridge Avenue has been undergoing a makeover; make that a supersizing.
What's the back story? The Complete the Trail Campaign led by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia highlighted the hoagie turn as the proverbial brick wall that caused many less experienced cyclists to turn around and not continue along the Schuylkill River Trail to Manayunk. As part of its repair of the SRT between East Falls Bridge and Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Property worked with the Streets Department and PennDOT to widen the turn by shifting the Kelly Drive curbs as part of the Gustine Lake project.
This is a huge improvement to the most critical gap in the Schuylkill River Trail. Although the tough section of trail between that corner and Main Street (called the Wissahickon Gateway) remains to be fixed, this effort on the part of Streets and PennDOT is a very welcome early holiday present.
On behalf of all trail users, a big Thank You to Penn DOT and Streets!!