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Randy LoBasso

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

Philly needs to change its street safety approval process

Essentially, after a chaotic public meeting in July, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson rejected plans for a West Center City safety improvement pilot project. The reason? "Near neighbor" concerns. Essentially, it was decided most people in the vicinity of Lombard Street were worried enough...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

‘Bikelash’ season is here

Like Christmas and the Fox News-described “War on” it, Bikelash season comes along but once a year. Unlike the War on Christmas, Bikelash is more of a warm weather tradition, kicked up not by Christian tradition but by the potential for change. This year in Philadelphia, Bikelash has...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

Jersey Shore has Philly beat for bikeability

You may be surprised to hear that the Jersey Shore is quickly becoming one of the premier spots in our region to ride your bike, either on a boardwalk or trail for fun, or on the street for transportation. On my recent trip to Avalon, New Jersey, I was somewhat shocked to find as many people in...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Unlocking the psychology behind the driver/cyclist clash

Not too long ago, I was riding my bicycle near the corner of 9th and Carpenter behind a motor vehicle, which was behind another motor vehicle, which was behind a bus. No one was moving very fast, as is often the case on South Philadelphia’s narrow streets. But that didn’t matter to the...

Monday, July 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Paralysis on protecting Center City bike lanes must stop

Talk to any person who rides a bicycle in Center City, Philadelphia, and you’re bound to get a common complaint: the buffered bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets have deteriorated. Badly. Once hailed as Philadelphia’s premier bikeway, a vital spine connecting the Delaware River...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

Being pro-bike isn't anti-pedestrian

Readers of this column know the basis of what I write pertains to street safety for all road users. Or so I thought. After my last column, I got an email from someone — I’m going to call him Jody — claiming I don’t consider the rights of pedestrians. “Randy ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

New data shows frequency of near misses for bicyclists

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed Pennsylvania’s “safe passing” law in 2012, but you wouldn't necessarily know it. The law, which requires people driving motor vehicles to give 4 feet when passing people on bikes, has yielded little more than anger from those who are...

Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00 AM

City Council should pump some life, and money, into streets

Governments often get chastised for throwing money at problems. Which can be reasonable, especially when there’s no discernible plan behind the money. But sometimes, throwing money at the problem is the only way to solve it. Money can be the great equalizer, and Philly’s streets have...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Time to unleash technology that prevents smartphone use while driving

Stand on a street corner — any street corner — and watch people driving their cars. You’ll probably notice something: A good portion of people are using their phones. And they’re not talking on them; their heads are tilted downward, off the road, using their smart phones....

Monday, April 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Long time coming: Protected bike lane on West Chestnut Street

Perhaps the most interesting news to come out of this year’s Vision Zero Philadelphia Conference in March was the city’s Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeannette Brugger announcing a protected bike lane coming to 11 blocks of West Chestnut Street. This is a project the Bicycle Coalition has been...

Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Trump's budget 'blueprint' is bad news for bicyclists

Federal transportation funding is important for Philadelphia’s transit, traffic control and signals, pavement resurfacing, safe routes to school and bicycle/pedestrian facilities and, for the city and state’s tourism.But the most recent federal budget “blueprint” proposal from the president would...

Monday, March 27, 2017, 2:30 PM

Philadelphia needs to embrace the two-wheeled shopper

Philadelphia released its Vision Zero Draft Action Plan last week, making several recommendations for a safer city via traffic calming tools, pedestrian-oriented projects, and better bike lanes.That’s good! But the hard part is still to come: Convincing city dwellers the status quo is not OK, and...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

Cyclists champion Vision Zero

Philadelphia’s third Vision Zero Conference is happening on Wednesday and it’s set to be the most diverse set of speakers and organizations the city has seen make the case, and talk best practices, for safer streets.Organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia — an early proponent of...

Monday, February 27, 2017, 5:00 AM

Bike funding jeopardized by sanctuary cities bill

The Pennsylvania StateSenate overwhelmingly approved a bill last week that would withhold state grant money from so-called “Sanctuary Cities.” It’s a somewhat unprecedented—but totally predictable —move from a state legislature that’s become openly hostile to its own economic and cultural hubs in...

Monday, February 13, 2017, 3:30 PM

A case against bicycle helmet laws

Bike-share systems in places like New York and Philadelphia are thriving, but a crisis hit—and then sunk—Seattle’s system this month. The Emerald City’s bike-share system is dead. It’s probably got a lot to do with helmet laws. And if we expect Philadelphia’s system to continue expanding, it’s...

Monday, January 30, 2017, 5:00 AM

New Philly area trails show 2016 wasn't all bad

2016 is over, but its place as the worst year in recent history has become one of those viral internet memes. Some beloved celebrities died, the global refugee crisis hit a boiling point (and became a horrible point of contention in the West), and American and Russian internet trolls teamed up to...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:00 AM

'Fake News' poisons bike lane debate

There were no explosives at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital last Tuesday night, but at least one person there for the monthly Washington West Civic Association meeting was on watch.A resident of the Washington West neighborhood in Center City, he and dozens of others were on hand to hear from...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 3:30 PM

Winter biking: advice for cycling with Jack Frost

It’s December. The temperature is dropping. And for cyclists, that means it’s time for winter biking tips.If, like me, you commute by bicycle all year—saving money, being healthy, and getting to and from your destination without circling the block looking for parking (which actually makes up 30...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM