Gallery: Philadelphia Could Become Even Greener With New Bike Lane Prop...


Philadelphia is already known as a bike-friendly city, ranking number one in bike commuting per capita in the United States (2011). Perhaps this rank has spurred inspiration for their new city-wide redesign, which will accommodate more bike lanes for commuters. The city has recently conducted a test project, which turned a driving lane into a bikes-only lane for two weeks.

Located in the busy Center City area of Market West, not far from City Hall, the test area turned the left-most lanes of JFK Boulevard and Market Street into bike lanes, changing the four lane streets into just three. With parking spots remaining the same, the city will assess the impact of losing one car lane and gaining a bike lane. The plan seeks to encourage and accommodate the city’s commuters, whether they use cars or bikes. Realizing that more and more people are choosing green transportation, a new bike lane could ensure a safer commute for everyone.

Since JFK and Market Street are parallel, one would serve for east bound bike riders and the other for west, rather than allowing for both on one street. In June, the city added new bike lanes to southern and northern running routes, on 10th Street and 13th street, respectively. These joined the already crowded east and western bound bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets.

Should the city assess the test successful, the new bike lanes will include a separated track, ten foot lanes, improved pedestrian walkways and a planted median with stormwater management. Philadelphians have embraced green transportation, and the city can only improve by helping it grow.

Via Uwishunu



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  1. stephrodrig87 November 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Cycling lanes are definitely a great way to be a bit more eco-friendly. Another way in which we can do our part is by reducing the number of cars out on the road and increasing the amount of carpools. Many people believe that they wouldn’t be able to find anyone to carpool with, but through the many commuter/carpool websites out there, there is definitely a way.

    I’ve tried Craigslist and eRideshare, but one of my favorites is It’s easy to post rides or find commutes. They even host holiday give-aways, such as a free $25 gas card for people who successfully set-up a carpool for the week of Thanksgiving. I would definitely recommend giving any of the above sites a try!

  2. Green Joy October 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good Job Philly. By providing options for commuters, that’ll definitely encourage more and more people to to go green. A well-known Canadian journalist who was rabidly against bicycling ranted about how cyclists always broke road laws. He was invited by a blogger to go for a bike ride and he enjoyed it immensely, but he saw the hazards most cyclists had to avoid, which also forced them to ignore traffic rules. I think Philly did right by cyclists in providing this lane and I hope that it gets expanded and it spreads to other cities.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)

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