Under the federal grant terms, Philadelphia has until 2018 to begin construction, but cycling advocates hoped the petition’s 1,000-plus signatures would inspire the city to move faster than that.
“We hope the administration is encouraged and inspired by today’s rally and press conference to accelerate the momentum of installing bike lanes throughout the city,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition.
Stuart explained what she meant by “accelerate the momentum”: “So we’re not waiting for [construction] to begin in the summer of 2018, but for it to end by the summer of 2018.”
The rally comes weeks before the city expects to break ground on Philadelphia’s first parking-protected bike lane along Ryan Avenue between Lexington and Rowland Streets.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Market Urbanism reports that the Massachusetts Senate passed major zoning reform legislation that should lead to more compact development. The Urban Edge shares evidence that Houston is making strides on walkability, but continued progress is far from assured. And Broken Sidewalk looks at a Louisville street that has segregated the city and how to heal the divide.