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