City Gets Tough on New Bike Lanes, Bykofsky Rejoices

An exalted Stu Bykofsky reports that city officials have decided not to go ahead with new bike lanes in China Town. The lanes were set up to test the possible negative effects on traffic and, as you might have guessed, they managed to slow things down by 5 mph.

Of course, Bykofsky’s article was steeped in old-man-shaking-fist candor; he even pointed out that “two-wheel-happy Amsterdam” only see’s 30% percent of its residents commuting by bike, as if that had anything to do with the hellish traffic in Philadelphia.

But it seems that his trademarked reluctance to change is catching on at City Council, and now a new measure could make the installation of new bike lanes even harder. CouncilmanĀ Councilman Bill Greenlee, along with President Clarke and Councilman Squila, have proposed a new initiative that would require all new bike lanes in Philadelphia to first be approved by a City Council hearing.

Translation: Be content with the bike lanes we have now, because the bitchfest at these bike lane hearings is going to epic.


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