Street rules plan in Philly aims to benefit all travelers
November 15, 2012By Tom MacDonald
A bill that would mean a slow makeover for Philadelphia streets is moving forward in City Council.
The "complete streets" bill aims to make sure all types of transportation are considered when a street is resurfaced or renovated.
Alex Doty of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia said the goal is to overhaul streets gradually.
"By enacting this bill, Philadelphia's streets, over time, will become safer spaces for walking biking and driving," Doty said. "By improving streets, intersections and sidewalks for all users, crashes will be reduced, lives will be saved and all people will be encouraged get out and get healthy."
Doty said the legislation provides for better enforcement — such as keeping joggers out of the bike lanes and cyclists off the sidewalks, as well as ticketing drivers who block bike lanes.
"The complete streets bill provides the framework to manage the diverse traveling needs of all Philadelphians by setting expectations as to how Philadelphians should behave while traveling," said Deputy Mayor for Transportation Rina Cutler.
The bill now goes to the full council for approval.