A $1.5 million grant announced last week will pave the way for bike infrastructure improvements, including along 13th and 15th streets through South Philly, but they’re not the full bike lanes that cyclists want and parkers fear.
Plan Philly reports that a slice of the money will fund what are called “sharrows” — a combination of the words “share” and “arrow” — to be painted on the roadway between South Street and Oregon Avenue. The bulk of that funding, however, will go toward the city’s planned (and delayed) bike share program.
The South Philadelphia Neighborhood Bikeway will also include signage on Broad Street to direct bikers off that busier street.
Says Plan Philly:
These improvements to 13th and 15th aren’t the bike lanes many may dream of, but sharrows and signs do help reinforce the message that all users must share the road. South 15th Street is a commonly biked street which already does have some sharrows. 13th Street’s existing northbound bike lane begins at South Street, so the sharrow will carry cyclists to the bike lane.
The neighborhood bikeway project should “help get bike users off of Broad Street, especially off of the sidewalks on Broad,” said DVRPC’s Joe Banks.