Randy LoBasso

Philly sounds off on human protected bike lanes

Nearly 30 people showed up at 22nd and South Streets in Philadelphia on July 10 to stand in the street. They were there to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the City, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and the new Wawa at the corner, and they did it by creating one of many recent human...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 6:40 PM

Want to Ride a Bike With Your Kids This Summer? Read This First

While serving as a plus-one at a cocktail party a couple years ago, a cordial conversation with the host became less so when the topic moved to bicycling in Philadelphia. New in town, he and his family had just recently bought a condo in Northern Liberties. And he couldn’t believe how many...

Thursday, July 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

New Parkside Bike Lanes Can Get Even Better with the State Government’s Help

A new two-way, partially-protected bike lane was recently installed on Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia, creating a more organized street, safer for bicycling and walking in that section of the city. The project, which runs from 52nd Street to Girard Avenue, not only creates new, better...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:43 AM

She’s fighting to get back on a bike, and wants safety for all

Last year, Regan Kladstrup was traveling on her bicycle from 4th and Walnut to a meeting at the University of Pennsylvania, where she works. She came up to a red light at the intersection of Spruce and Broad and stopped in the bike lane, next to a delivery truck in the vehicle lane. Waiting for...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 5:00 AM

After bike tragedy, fixing Spring Garden Street

A horrific tragedy took place on Spring Garden Street last weekend, and you probably read about it in Tuesday’s Metro. In light of that, it’s worth noting where upgrades to Spring Garden Street stand, and what can be done to make the street safer for all road users as soon as...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:00 AM

Six ways to celebrate Bike Month in Philly

May is Bike Month in the United States, and there are a ton of great activities throughout the Philadelphia region to take part in over the next three weeks. I’ve collected some of the many, many bike rides going on throughout May, all of which are worth your time. Even if you’re not an...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5:00 AM

Philly considering swapping some bike lanes to other side of street

When bike lanes on Spruce and Pine were installed in 2009, they were pretty cutting edge, as far as U.S. multimodal travel went. Stretching through Center City from river to river, the lanes were installed after removing a lane of motor vehicle traffic, and prioritized bicycle transportation and...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

As Philly moves toward 'Vision Zero,' new Council bill could slow down bike lanes

Ask anyone if they’re in favor of traffic safety. Chances are, unless you’re speaking to a sociopath, the answer is yes. Who wouldn’t be in favor of fewer people getting killed while traveling?   Around the United States, mostly due to increased distractions while driving,...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

On Roosevelt Boulevard, frequent deaths are the cost of inaction

About 15 of us stood in a circle on the grassy median of Roosevelt Boulevard on Monday, February 12, reciting the Lord’s prayer. We were led by Daniela Gabay’s mother, who had been grieving over the past week, after losing her 21-year-old daughter to another bout of traffic violence on...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5:00 AM

Pedestrian, biker deaths persist in Philly

According to statistics the Philadelphia Police Department provided to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 96 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2017, 40 of whom were pedestrians and three of whom were bicyclists. The number of traffic deaths represents a decline from 2016, when...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Philly cyclists left in the cold as winter moves in

Society Hill resident and cyclist Jon Williams was fed up with the city’s response to the snow storms earlier this month, especially as it pertained to the bike lanes outside his house. So he grabbed a shovel, put on some warm clothes and shoveled out the bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5:00 AM

Philly bike rides to take in 2018

A bicycle is the best way to get around, and if you’re reading this article in Philadelphia, you live in the most-biked big city in the United States. So, what’s holding you up from getting on a bicycle yourself? Why not make 2018 the year you begin your new life as a cyclist, or...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Zero is achievable, if you want it

In the weeks since cyclist Emily Fredricks’ death on Spruce Street in Center City, there’s been a sense among Philadelphia’s cycling community that not enough is being done to bring Vision Zero to Philadelphia. Vision Zero is the idea that there are legislative changes you can...

Monday, December 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

When government fails, people will protect themselves

Nearly 100 people gathered last Wednesday morning to create a human-protected bike lane on Spruce Street in Center City, where 24-year-old Emily Fredricks was tragically killed by the driver of a private sanitation truck while riding her bicycle a day earlier. Standing in the street, between...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

Government trying to kill bicycle commuter tax benefit

In their most recent attempt to overhaul the federal tax code, elected officials have touted their new plan as being good for low-income and middle class people.  That is obviously not true. The plan is a big corporate tax cut. It not only adds $1.5 trillion to the national debt, but actually...

Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Amazon wants a bike-friendly city for HQ2

When Amazon announced it was looking for a new city to house its second headquarters, American (and Canadian) cities began taking action, talking themselves up to the mail order and media giant, then placing bids to bring in the headquarters and its estimated 50,000 jobs. Two hundred and thirty-...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 5:00 AM

Three critical pieces of Philly’s Vision Zero Action Plan

The city of Philadelphia released its Vision Zero Action Plan on Thursday, Sept. 28. It outlines actions that will make Philadelphia a better, safer place to travel, and comes after several years of advocacy from outside groups, including the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:00 AM

Is the ‘Delaware Stop’ right for Pennsylvania?

While Philadelphia debates its new Vision Zero Action Plan, our southern neighbor, Delaware, is about to pass a package of bills collectively referred to as the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act, which will include a Stop as Yield law, likely making Delaware the second state in the country to do so....

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

She wants to take the police on a bike ride through South Philly

As readers of this column know, summer 2017 has been a weird time for bicyclist-motorist relations in Philadelphia—especially in South Philadelphia, where a long-planned bikeway is slowly being rolled out by the city. Some have reacted with internet complaints and arguments. But South...

Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

The new Chestnut Street protected bike lane: A beginner’s manual

Last week, the city of Philadelphia opened a new parking-protected bike lane along the north side of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. It’s 11 blocks long and is part of a much larger goal the city has for safer streets and zero traffic deaths –including 30 miles of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 5:00 AM