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    Woot Woot! Bicycling Rates Still Climbing in Philadelphia!

    Recap of 2011 Bike Stats in PhiladelphiaGood news – the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia revealed in their Cyclegram that bikers in Philadelphia have gone up again in 2011, (hopefully) maintaining our title as the country’s highest bike-commuting city.

    How do the stats compare in 2011?

    Between 2010 & 2011, there was a 6.4% increase of Bikes crossing the Schyukill River bridges. 291 bikes per hour during rush hour crown South St Bridge as the most heavily-used in the city of brotherly love.

    More ammo for the bike lanes: Use has escalated up 127% on Spruce Street, and 130% on Pine Street since 2006.  Instances of sidewalk riding have plummeted to 7% from 24% in 2006.  Bike rates have also decreased 25% on Broad St (probably using the fancy striped 13th street lanes) in the last year.

    Philly bikers, keep on biking. Don’t think those SUV’s have more of a right to be on the road than you do.

    Photo courtesy of Oasis Bike Works

    Julie Hancher

    About Julie Hancher

    Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake.

    Your thoughts . . .

    • Delphine Perrodin

      This is great. I just wish that the bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets were not always blocked by: parked cars; USPS, UPS and FedEx trucks; random trucks and vans. You can’t go one block without running into one of those.

    • Hey Delphine – I agree, the cars/trucks/etc blocking the bikes lanes are quite obnoxious. Hopefully stats like these will help Philly enforce the “no parking” in bike lanes – Shouldn’t the PPA pick up the slack? 😉

    • Hank

      I received the Cyclegram and was annoyed to see that there were no stats listed for Washington Ave. This is a major East-West corridor with bike lanes in both directions, and (at least where I ride it near 19th-22nd) an abundance of illegally parked cars completely blocking the poorly marked bike lane.

      There is also no mention of the completely ignored bike/bus lanes that are supposedly on Chestnut and Walnut between Broad and 22nd.

      I once walked into the Point Breeze police station to ask about illegal parking on Washington Ave., and was told that the police largely ignore violations there.

      I asked a bike cop riding on Chestnut about the bike lane and he had no good answers.

      It amazes me that Philly has such a reputation for parking enforcement and yet Washington Ave is a free-for-all for double parking and illegal angled parking.

      What gives?

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