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    Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Presentation Transcript

    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Agenda • Introduction • Pilot Project Overview • Q&A at Boards
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project History to Date • Development and Evaluation of Options • Meetings with District Councilmembers • Meeting with Representatives from Community Organizations • Meeting with Religious Institutions • Meeting with Emergency Responders • Meeting with Community Organization Boards
    • Philadelphia Bicycle Network: 50 miles of paved paths Over 200 miles of streets with bike lanes But few links into Center City
    • Museums Jobs Tourism Shopping Performing Arts Yet Center City is where many of the region’s major attractions are located
    • Because of the lack of bicycle facilities in Center City and the potential to connect the existing and proposed river trails, we focused our analysis on this corridor south of Walnut Street
    • Center City Traffic Volumes East-West Streets 7000 6000 2,086 5000 2,573 Vehicles/Hour 4000 Available Capacity Traffic Volume 3000 4,564 2000 3,377 1000 0 Eastbound Westbound East-west streets in Center City have excess capacity even during peak periods
    • Typical Existing Conditions – Two narrow travel lanes and a narrow parking lane
    • Pilot Project – One-way bike lane on two parallel streets
    • Typical Existing Conditions Advantages Disadvantages Two lanes of traffic Stopped vehicles may block either travel lane Possible to pass a unpredictably stopped or slow moving vehicle Bicycles must compete with faster motor vehicle traffic Bicyclists at risk of “dooring”
    • Pilot Project Conditions Advantages Disadvantages Bicyclists separated Motor vehicles will from moving and block the bike lane parked vehicles when loading/unloading goods or passengers Motor vehicle travel lane clarified Permit parking for religious institutions will Curbside remains impact the bike lane available for emergency sporadically vehicles and loading Philadelphia Office of Transportation
    • SPRUCE ST PINE ST After evaluating the streets in the corridor, we found that Spruce and Pine were the best candidates for the a successful pilot project
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Why Spruce and Pine Streets? • Minimize conflicts with buses • Close to Center City destinations • Bridge over I-95 links streets with Delaware River and Penn’s Landing • Close to Locust Street access to Schuylkill River Trail • Pilot will test how bike lanes work with other tourist vehicles – horse carriages, tour vehicles, etc.
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Why not Lombard? • Longer distance with bus conflicts • Poor linkage to Schuylkill River Trail • Further from Center City destinations • Higher traffic volumes west of 9th Street • Reduced traffic because of South Street Bridge reconstruction
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Will this impact residential parking? • No change in residential parking is proposed at this time • Consideration could be given in future to providing loading zones
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Will this impact emergency vehicles? • Part of reason for Pilot Project will be to evaluate impact on emergency vehicles • Hospitals in corridor will have to have adequate emergency access • Fire and Police Departments are supportive of project
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project What about passenger and goods loading? • Currently No Parking regulations prohibit parking in right travel lane but permit standing and stopping • The same No Parking regulations will apply to the bike lane • Taxis, residents will still be allowed to briefly stop or stand at curb as needed • Delivery vehicles, moving vans will still be allowed to stop at curb to load or unload goods
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project What about parking for religious institutions? • Special parking privileges for religious institutions will continue • Limited to persons with parking placards that: – Must be displayed on dash – Are valid only during authorized hours – May be used for special church events such as weddings or funerals
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project What about parking for religious institutions? • Stricter enforcement of existing rules • Signage may be installed to clarify rules • Parking periods to be reexamined when existing authorizations are reviewed • Parking privilege to be limited to hours when religious ceremonies are being conducted
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project How will the Pilot be evaluated? • Motor vehicle counts • Bicycle counts • Motor vehicle queue lengths at key intersections • Spot speed studies
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Will there be street repairs? • East of Broad Street, streets will be resurfaced beginning in Spring 2010 • West of Broad, spot repairs will be made
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Next Steps • Evaluate existing conditions • Official start of pilot late September • Evaluate late October/early November • Findings of evaluation will be reported in early December
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Conclusion • Create a safe route to attract cyclist • Remove cyclists from the sidewalk • Reduce cyclists on other streets • Increase in cyclists will likely calm traffic on Spruce and Pine • This is a pilot
    • Center City Bikeways Crosstown South Pilot Project Comments/Feedback Charles Carmalt Office of Transportation and Utilities Charles.Carmalt@phila.gov