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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 eco-friendly wine and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Pounce DeLeon.

    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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