October 17, 2011
New Pilot Plan For More Center City Bike Lanes In The Works; JFK Boulevard And Market Street Would Get Landscaped Buffers And A Separated Cycle Track
Green news alert: Center City may be due for some more bike lanes.
This past June, the city added two critical new bike lanes — a southbound lane to 10th Street and a northbound lane to 13th Street to complement the popular east-west bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets.
Now the city has turned its eye to the Market West office district. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities and Center City District have officially begun testing the bike lane concept on JFK Boulevard and Market Street.
The test project, to continue through October 23, temporarily removes the left-most lane of travel on these two roads, reducing the four-lane road to three lanes between 15th and 20th Streets.
During the two-week test, Streets Department traffic engineers and CCD personnel will observe the capacity and overall environment of the streets to ensure that traffic functionality is maintained.
Important note: on-street parking regulations will remain in effect and zero parking spaces will be impacted whatsoever.
The idea is to accommodate every kind of travel while keeping things safe and convenient and not affecting parking and loading zones, which are especially important in such a heavily trafficked section of the city.
As Plan Philly reports, an original plan to have both JFK and Market run in both directions was shot down because of traffic concerns, according to deputy Streets commissioner Steve Buckley.
If the city moves forward with the bike lane plan, improvements would include a separated cycle track, the retention of three 10-foot-wide travel lanes, new landscaping, parking and loading on both sides of the streets and improved pedestrian crossings. The planted medians would also be able to provide stormwater management benefits.
Sounds like a win-win to us.
It’s a completely achievable goal, given Philadelphia’s already solid reputation as a bike-friendly city; see: Philadelphia Ranked The #1 Big City For Bike Commuting Per Capita In The U.S.
Keep it up, Philadelphia!
Check out another image of what the new bike lanes and landscaping would look like, below.
Complete Streets Center City: Improved Streetscape [Center City District]
Greenworks Philadelphia: Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled By 10 Percent [Official Site]
via City closing Center City traffic lanes in test [Plan Philly]