Protected Bike Lanes

Stephen Buckley from Philly bringing half-hearted bike infra to a Canadian city near you!

We at This Old City often look for inspiration from other cities and countries when considering urban planning interventions and more progressive forms of infrastructure. Such was the case in a recent post I did about converting the Spruce and Pine Street bike lanes installed 6 years ago to protected bike lanes. In that post I took some examples from Toronto, where planters were used protect lanes from drivers and increase cycling rates. Unfortunately for Canadian cyclists, those planters were intended for other users of the street.


If you cycle the streets of Philadelphia west of Broad, you've come to appreciate the 22nd Street bike lane. Though it's not a particularly wide lane and is also not protected, it is a dedicated space especially for bikes. It also runs for miles and is the only dedicated northbound lane for cyclists west of Broad.


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