Bike, pedestrian improvements on tap for South Broad

The city is planning to build a 1.1 mile bike and pedestrian path along Broad Street from Oregon Avenue to the Navy Yard.

Broad Street just below Oregon Ave. Image via Plan Philly
Broad Street just below Oregon Ave. Images via Plan Philly

The proposal for the project, which city officials are calling a “sidepath,” was released last month by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Plan Philly reported. The path will be a wide trail with a buffer between the roadway, clear paint and signage, lighting and landscaping, like the 58th Street Greenway that was opened earlier this year in West Philly, the website said.

The 58th Street Greenway
The 58th Street Greenway

Dedicated bike lanes on the road or in the median were ruled out because they would take away from traffic lanes, which was a big no-no to neighbors and stakeholders in the area. Much of the path would be built by essentially improving existing sidewalks but it would also create safe passage for bikes and pedestrians through hairy areas like at the I-76 on-ramps.

The improvements are intended to better link South Philadelphia neighborhoods with FDR Park and “employment, recreation and entertainment at The Navy Yard and Philadelphia Stadium District,” Plan Philly said.


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10 thoughts on “Bike, pedestrian improvements on tap for South Broad

  • October 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Wonderful news!

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Wonderful if you bike everywhere…

  • October 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I hope they just do that where the existing pavement is and don’t take up any of the already busy roadway…

    These new road projects need to seriously get reviewed before getting put into place.. That garbage island they installed on Passyunk between the Sunoco gas station and the Melrose Diner is THEE WORST!!! I used to drive up and down that street all the time on my way to that side of the city.. Now I have to avoid it at all costs because of all the extra red lights they installed..

    I know its politically incorrect to complain about bicycle riders.. But at some point, enough is enough with all the projects devoted to making people on bikes super happy…

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Yes, Angelo, West Passyunk used to be a throughway, and now it’s on it’s way back to being a place that people can walk without fearing for their lives. Nothing to do with bicycles.

      • October 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        Nah.. No bikes involved there.. It IS a road project that everyone who sees it hates.. An imitation Jersey looking jug handle island thingy… Real nice..

        • October 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          It has nothing to do with bikes. It was to shorten the distance that pedestrians had to cross the blind intersections at Passyunk. The curb extensions mean that now you can see if there is a car coming, because you can finally see past all the parked cars and trucks.

          It’s illegal in Philly to ride a bike on the sidewalk if you’re over 12 (and yes, I KNOW people do it anyway, can we not get into that AGAIN), so the idea that the city widened the sidewalks for bicyclists is just wrong.

          As someone who waits for the bus at 16th and Snyder, and who used to constantly see old ladies nearly getting sideswiped by cars that were going 50mph and couldn’t see them, I think this project is great.

  • October 24, 2013 at 11:38 am


    Did you read the article?

    This part in particular: “Dedicated bike lanes on the road or in the median were ruled out because they would take away from traffic lanes, which was a big no-no to neighbors and stakeholders in the area.”

    Also, why not do some things for cyclists? Street design in this city and country for far too long has treated drivers as if they’re the only ones that have any right to use public streets. Ignoring pedestrians and cyclists alike.

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Yeah they said the bike lanes painted in center city wouldn’t cause any trouble either.. Now you have to watch every turn you make extra carefully because somebody flying on a bike might smack right into the side of you… Real nice..

      Only the people from the burbs moving to the city need all kinds of special treatment.. Nobody who was born and raised in South Philly ever had a problem.. Why? Because we grew up around it and learned the way to be careful… Rendell was correct when he said we were becoming a nation of whussies..

      Look, I know I’m sounding real negative here.. Apologies if I’m annoying everyone. But this money would be much better spent on improving the quality of South Philly’s schools.. Then maybe we could attract not just young people.. But young families looking to stay here and have a vested interest in South Philly for the long haul… This is the city… Not imitation suburbs.. Save all that for packer park and the reserve…

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:01 am


        you clearly have no idea what urban living is all about. born and raised in South Philly, but never leave a 5 block radius and probably drive the 5 minute walk to CVS. you are part of the culture problem in this city.

  • October 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    What in the world about bike lanes and sidewalks is suburban? The best part about living in Philadelphia as oppposed to the surrounding burbs is that you have the option to ditch your car and travel by other means. We should be encouraging this sort of development every chance we get, and encouraging people to get out of their cars. Getting people to use bikes, pedestrian lanes, SEPTA, etc., is the best way to alleviate auto traffic problems, cut down on pollution, and stop being so fat in the process. Win-win situation!

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