Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Want a Bike Lane on Fairmount Ave? Attend These Civic Meetings

We have been working behind the scenes documenting community and business support for the installation of a bike lane on Fairmount Avenue west of Broad. The street is a natural candidate: 5-foot bike lanes could be installed on both sides without removing travel lanes or parking. The Streets Department proposes to install lanes from Pennsylvania Ave to Broad Street, facilitating bicycling for shopping, commuting, and daily travel in the Fairmount, Spring Garden, and Francisville neighborhoods.

However, the support of the civic associations along that corridor are critical to the process.  We will be presenting our findings from surveys and canvassing businesses to the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Fairmount Civic Association later this month and Spring Garden Civic Assn in February.

If you live on or near Fairmount Avenue (within the boundaries of these three civic associations) you can speak up in support of the lanes at your civic association meeting.  Below is information about the meetings and maps indicating the catchment zones for each association.
Aerial view of the proposed bike lanes on Fairmount Avenue (intersection of Fairmount Ave & Corinthian St)
Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp
January 28th, February 4th, doors open at 5:30 pm, meeting at 6:15pm
2nd Pilgrim Baptist Church, 15th & Ogden Street
Refreshments will be served
You must live within the highlighted portion of this map to vote.

Fairmount Civic Association
January 31st, 7:00 pm
Phila. Mennonite High School, 860 N. 24th Street
UPDATE: we are told you need to be a "member in good standing" of the Fairmount Civic to vote. You cannot join at the door. You must also live in the highlighted portion of this map to vote (see page 2 of linked brochure)

Spring Garden Civic Association
February 20th, 6:30pm

Lithuanian Church Hall, 19th & Wallace Street
You must live within the highlighted portion of this map to vote.