Until last week, Philadelphia was the largest U.S. city without protected bike lanes. But an ongoing effort by the city to dhange that culminated Friday in the Northeast, where a one-mile portion of Ryan Avenue was unveiled as a dedicated bike-only lane.
Mayor Jim Kenney, joined by Councilman Bobby Henon and members of the Streets Department, formally opened the two-lane stretch in the city's Mayfair section along Ryan Avenue, from Lexington to Rowland Avenue. It passesby Pennypack Park,Abraham Lincoln High School andAustin Meehan Middle School.
— Bike Coalition Phila (@bcgp) September 23, 2016
As Metro's Randy LoBassoreported earlier this month, the 50-foot-wide street originally had vehicle parking against the curb, a bike lane inside the parking lane, two lanes of motor vehicle traffic and a center median. Now, cyclists are separated from motor vehicle traffic by a parking lane, which has been moved 14 feet into the street, with an additional 4-foot buffer zone between bike lanes and parked cars.
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