Monday, December 28, 2015

The Year in Cycling - 2015



Pope Francis
When the plans were released for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia, they included closing five square miles of Center City to automotive traffic for three days. While many residents of Philadelphia left the area to avoid the crowds and the challenges of not having access to their vehicles.


For those of us who stayed we were rewarded with a unique experience. The chance to travel around Center City on foot, bicycle, skateboard or any other human powered vehicle. Other people had barbecues, parties, played games, or just hung out with their friends and neighbors. A day that was recognized as #PopenStreets.


The highlight of that weekend was the Pope Ride. Organized by Alexandria Schneider, she initially thought this would be her and a dozen friends riding around Center City. But as the numbers grew it the ride soon blossomed into a full scale event. With 3000 people participating the day of the ride.


Many people were heard to comment that this should happen every year. Including Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney. While some were very vocal that this would be a bad thing for the future of Philadelphia, the city of Philadelphia used to hold an annual Open Streets event. Once known as Super Sunday (http://bit.ly/1V5iEBX), in 1989 it had been held for 19 consecutive years. Presented as the “Biggest Block Party in the World”, Super Sunday had something for everyone. Live entertainment, animal rides, a job fair, sports demonstrations, movies, and enough food to feed all of Philadelphia. It would not be that difficult to recreate this again.


The City of Philadelphia shuts down ten miles of Broad St. for the Broad St. Marathon. As well as one mile of Broad St for the annual Mummers Parade. Why can’t we do the same thing for the benefit of every resident of Philadelphia?



Stu Bykofsky
Of course all of this positive energy was not without its naysayers and none was more vehement that Philly’s own Stu “old man yells at clouds” Bykofsky. As Stu went completely off the deep end in a column titled “Cyclists are never satisfied” (http://bit.ly/1Sa153Q). When he engaged in a personal attack on the Pope Ride’s organizer, Alexandra Schneider. One could almost see the spittle flying out of Stu’s mouth and hitting the screen of his computer. As he said the words he was typing out loud.


Stu Bykofsky’s attitude was summed up very succinctly by one person who posted a comment. “The amazing thing about Stu is that he only relates events in the world to his own experience, not to the greater world at large.”

That’s not to say that Stu does not have his moments. Every so often Stu tries to prove that riding a bike, for any reason, does nothing more than exercise his futility. This year Stu took a spin on Indego bike share to see if he could get to work faster on a bike (http://bit.ly/1QWzdj0).


According to Stu it takes him 16 minutes to walk 1 mile from his home to work. Which means he walks at 3.75 miles per hour, an astounding speed as the average walking speed is 3.1 mph. At 3.75 miles per hour he is practically jogging to work, especially when you consider that Stu is 74 years old and a lifelong smoker.


But on a Indego bike it was a whole different matter. Instead of riding one mile to work, Stu rode a two mile roundabout route. One that utilized bike lanes, the very same bike lanes that Mr. Bykofsky feels are unnecessary. It took him 21 minutes and 22 seconds to ride two miles at an average speed of 5.71 mph.


One person even replicated Stu’s route, including stopping at all red lights and stop signs, they got very different results. After riding the route 3 times it took an average of 13 minutes and 42 seconds. with an average speed of 10.63mph. Considering most cyclists ride at 10 to 15 miles per hour this, Mr. Bykofsky’s speed was baffling compared to his ability to jog to work.





#unblockbikelanes
2015 was the year we could safely say that the #unblockbikelanes concept was finished and done. No amount of data is going to change unwillingness to ticket cars parked in bike lanes. As well as the causal lack of respect that prevails in Philadelphia when this sign was placed in a contra flow bike lane. Giving cyclists the choice of riding into oncoming traffic or on the sidewalk.





In response, I proposed the concept of placing safety cones along bicycle lanes to create temporary barriers (http://bit.ly/1Sa2Myk). Regrettably no one was inspired to do that. However in New York City the Transformation Department (http://bit.ly/1QWzjXC) has instituted this concept with great success.

Media
Spoke Magazine started publication this year and has turned out to be a welcome addition to the cycling media. A print magazine, publishing on a quarterly basis, Spoke Magazine has consistently published well written articles on a diverse selection of topics. Normally most cycling media tends to bog down on articles about the technical minutiae of bicycles and components. Spoke Magazine has written about people, places, and infrastructure. Now that they have added a website you can access previous articles online.


On March 23rd Philly Pedals published an op-ed written by Michael McGettigan (http://bit.ly/1mgcym5) castigating the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for being too much of an insider in local politics  and how they needed to “work on their advocacy a bit.As a former two term board member of the BCGP Mr McGettigan called out the BCGP for  recent failures and poor judgment.


Sadly this bombshell seemed to be the end of any consistent publication of articles. An unfortunate state of affairs that I hope will be rectified.


The Manayunk Bridge
The Manayunk Bridge or as it is better known as The Bridge to Nowhere, was supposed to be the shining new jewel of the regional trail system. Connecting Manayunk and the Schuylkill River Trail to Lower Merion and the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. And it did, except for one slight problem.


Instead of categorizing the bridge as trail, it was classified as park. Limiting it only being open from sunrise to sunset. Which in reality is 8am to 6pm fall and winter and 8am to 9pm in the spring and summer. This of course assumes that the Lower Merion Parks Department opens the gates on time. Which has not always been the case.

The problem is that no lighting for the park or the bridge was part of the budget. While I understand the liability and safety issues of having people on the bridge and in the park at night. The reality is that the bridge will benefit people from Lower Merion on the weekend. Provided they don’t want a cup of coffee in the morning or enjoy an evening dinner. If you are a bike commuter or heading out for an early morning workout on the Schuylkill River Trail you are out of luck.

With a new Mayor in office who has made some degree of commitment towards pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. Along with an interest in holding Open Streets events, we will see what happens in 2016.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tis the Season

With the Christmas season upon us there is still time to put on some warm clothing and go for a bike ride. There are three seasonal themed bike rides coming that offer something for everyone.

Feeling charitable? On December 14 at 9:30am go for a ride with Philadelphia Open Ride’s, Bikes for Tykes ride. Bring an unwrapped present that will be donated to Toys for Tots.


If you are looking for a family friendly ride you can bring your children. Then join Philadelphia Kidical Mass as they ride through South Philadelphia to view the Christmas light displays. On December 14 at 4:30pm.

Feeling a sense of cabin fever or just plain hungry? Norman’s Irregular Bike Rides is going to Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown for lunch. On December 25 at 12:00pm.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Safety is the new black

Want to see what the well dressed female cyclist will be wearing this spring? Then look no further.

Using materials and colors more commonly associated with safety vests and high visibility clothing. Fashion designer Jeremy Scott has created a line of Chanel inspired women’s wear with a safety motif.
A model wears a safety-yellow Chanel-like suit with reflective white trim.
A model strutted out onto the construction-themed set, serving “chicest site-safety supervisor ever.”

To see the entire line use the link below to see a 3 minute video featuring the entire line.



Thursday, October 8, 2015

What is Open Streets?



In the days following the closure of Center City, Philadelphia there has been a strong sense of euphoria over the sense of freedom that had with car free streets. Much has been made of the great experience that people had and there has been a tremendous rush to replicate this experience again. In the not so distant future. What has not been discussed is what an Open Streets is and how it works.

How prevalent are Open Streets events? They are held in 246 municipalities in Europe, South America, and in 100 U.S. cities last year.

Contrary to what some people may be under the impression, an Open Streets event is not a bicycle specific event. It is intended for pedestrians, runners, and human/muscle powered vehicles. Such as bicycles, rollerblades, and scooters.

The normal layout for a Open Streets event in the United States involves blocking off 3 to 7 miles of a main road to automotive traffic for about 5 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. With the location being cleared of parked cars and multiple cross streets are kept open to allow automotive traffic to move through the city. Along the route there are stages and stations hosting a wide range of activities. Fitness, yoga, dance, and sports classes are offered. Along with music, dance, and theatre performances.

Open Streets origins dates back to 1974 in Columbia, South America. Where Each Sunday and on public holidays from 7 am until 2 pm certain main streets of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and other municipalities are blocked off to cars for runners, skaters, and bicyclists. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks. Aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians lead people through various performances. Bogotá's weekly ciclovías are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on 74 miles of car-free streets.

The question that should be asked is, does Philadelphia have the wherewithal to make this a reality? Over the years I have lived in several major cities on the East Coast and Philadelphia never ceases to surprise me. badly. For a major city of its size, Philadelphia residents maintain a small town mentality. Resistant to change and unwilling to make the effort to do so.

While Mayor Nutter is looking into an Open Streets event before his term in office ends and Democratic candidate for Mayor Jim Kenney has expressed an interest in holding one. It remains to be seen if there will  be enough positive public pressure to make Open Streets in Philadelphia a reality.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I rode to the Spread Bagelry

The great thing about having a bike is that you can decide to go someplace and not have to worry about finding parking or getting stuck in traffic. So I decided to ride to the Spread Bagelry at 262 S. 20th St in Rittenhouse Square.


Bagel baking is a unique process and having spent time working in bagel bakery in my youth I have an intimate knowledge of the process. After a bagel is formed it is boiled in water and then baked in an oven. This gives the bagel a crisp shell and soft interior. It also limits how many bagels can be produced due to the time involved. A shortcut to mass produce bagels involves steaming them instead of boiling. Which produces a bagel that lacks crisp shell and makes it soft throughout. These are not bagels, merely round muffins with a hole in them.


The Spread Bagelry bakes a “Montreal Bagel”. The add honey to the water when boiling the bagels and bake them in a wood fired oven. Their menu has a nice mix of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, along with several custom made spreads. I had a poppy seed bagel with cream cheese, lox, and onion. The bagel came with a sizable portion of cream cheese.


At first glance what really made this bagel stand out was that it was covered in poppy seeds and when I bit into it very few seeds fell off. They continued to stay on bite after bite. With most bagels they usually get a light dusting of poppy seeds and most of them fall off with the first bite. The bagel did have a subtle sweet taste to it.


I brought home two plain and two poppy seed bagels. They traveled well, almost no seeds fell off the two poppy seed bagels. I had my bagel consultant try one of the poppy seed bagels. They to were impressed by how it was covered with poppy seeds and that none of them fell off while they ate it. As well as the subtle, yet sweet taste it had.


If you are looking for really great bagels in the Rittenhouse area, then the Spread Bagelry is the place for you. http://www.spreadbagelry.com/

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I rode with the PopeRide

In early August Alexandra Schnieder posted an event to Facebook to invite her friends to go for a bike ride through Center City when it was free of cars. Fast forward to Saturday, September 26, 2600 people had signed up on Facebook and 3000 rode through the streets of Center City.





During the ride I saw riders of all ages and families riding together. One of the most unique family bikes was a father riding with his two children on a triplet. An adult bicycle built for three modified to fit two children and one adult.




After the ride ended I spent several  hours wandering through Center City and the surrounding area by bicycle. Without having to compete with cars for space on the road or worry about aggressive drivers who view cyclists as an impediment. I was able to see things and go places I normally would not have. Including unique insights into early American history.


One stop was at the Old Pine Church cemetery where I saw the headstone of the man who rang the church bells so the residents of Philadelphia could hear the first live reading of the Declaration of Independence. Another was at the Old Pine Church cemetery. A small Revolutionary war era Jewish Cemetery. Which included the grave of Nathan Levy at Mikveh Israel Cemetery A Jewish merchant who owned the ship which transported the Liberty Bell from the foundry in England to Philadelphia.


I encountered many Philadelphia residents out enjoying car free streets. One of the most memorable moments was watching A mother and father riding their bicycles in street with their 6 year old daughter in the middle. I could hear the daughter asking with great excitement how many miles had they ridden.

#Popenstreets was a unique opportunity for everyone on Philadelphia. One that I hope will happen again.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Game Over

I thought I had seen it all when it came to #unblockbikelanes. Cars, trucks and the PPA unwilling to ticket them no matter how blatant or how long a vehicle had been sitting there. In some cases weeks could go by and a vehicle could go without a single ticket. But this picture took the prize.


What's wrong with this picture, I here you ask? It appears that some city agency has placed a directional sign for oncoming cars in a contra-flow bike lane. Forcing cyclists to ride illegally on the sidewalk or ride into on coming traffic.

At this point we should just call #unblockbikelanes what it is, a charade.To this I can only have one response.



Its time to stop playing a game that we have no chance of winning because the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia made deal with Philadelphia Parking Authority that was unenforceable. Its time to stop posting pictures under the #unblockbikelanes until the PPA management is prepared to enforce the parking laws as they are. As opposed to the selective enforcement they prefer.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Protect and Serve?

In May 2015 Philadelphia cyclist Ron Deets was punched and dragged from the street. While the incident was captured on video by an eyewitness. The Philadelphia Police officers who responded refused to take any action. Claiming that because they had not witnessed it no crime had been committed. It was not until local media picked up the story did the police agree to investigate.

Now, once again, the Philadelphia Police department has failed again.

On Tuesday, August 26 at 4pm local Philly cyclist Katie Mundie was riding South on 11th St near the 200 block with her two sons, ages 5 & 7, in her cargo bike. When she had an encounter of the worst kind and she got it all on video with her GoPro camera.

Warning this video contains graphic language.

When Ms. Mundi went to the 3rd District police station to file a complaint according to her their response was; “At first they said they could not do anything but I explained because of the C-word it was gender based harassment. Then they took my statement and said they would run the plates. But they did not expect anything to happen. They said if I have another run in with the same driver then there would be something they could do.”

While I am not a lawyer and I do not play one on TV. After watching the video I believe the driver was clearly harassing, threatening, and intimidating Ms Mundie and her two young children. So much so that her 7 year old son had a nightmare that night, “thinking that the guy was going to come after him.”

I also believe that the unwillingness of the police officers at the 3rd district to follow through on a valid complaint was reprehensible. Especially in light of the fact that this was not a case of she said, he said. Nor did Ms. Mundie do anything to provoke this. The video speaks for itself.

So what can be done? I am asking everyone to tweet this post along with a personal comment to the following people below. So the police enforce the laws we are expected to follow and protect other parents and their children from this egregious behavior.

3rd District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Captain Frank Milillo (3rd District)

Mayor Michael Nutter

Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities

ABC Local News

Fox Network Local News

CBS local news

NBC local news





Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bike In Movie - Premium Rush



Looking for something to do on Wednesday, August 5 at 8pm. Then head over Whole Foods on 929 South St. to watch a Bike In Movie courtesy of Cadence Youth Cycling. Where they will be showing the movie “Premium Rush”. On the rooftop of the parking garage. (http://on.fb.me/1ICDapj)

Premium Rush stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee. A disenchanted Columbia Law School graduate who has put off taking the bar exam because he could not bear to enter the humdrum life of the legal profession. He finds meaning and purpose in being employed as a thrill-seeking New York City bicycle messenger despite arguments with his girlfriend and fellow bike messenger, Vanessa (Dania Ramirez), who insists that he should make something of himself. He is pursued around New York City by a corrupt police officer who wants an envelope Wilee has.
Premium Rush is built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush's storyline might seem, it's elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances.

This event is free and donations will be used to support Cadence Youth Cycling

Friday, July 17, 2015

McBike


While I may not be the biggest fan of McDonalds and the quality of their food. I will give  therm credit for recognizing a marketing opportunity when they see it. In certain select cities that have a number of cyclists ring for transportation they have created packaging that is cycling specific for drive thru orders.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Oh, NO!!

There is a new ordinance that has been introduced to the Philadelphia City Council sponsored by City Councilman at Large David Oh. On the surface this bill is nothing more than an ineffective gesture to deal with cars and trucks parking in bike lanes.

By raising the fines from $50 in Philadelphia and $75 in Center City to $200 in Philadelphia and $300 in Center City. The problem is that the bill has no language in it to address the abysmal lack of enforcement on the part of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The reason for this is that the PPA is run by the state government, so it is not accountable to city government.

It is the first part of the bill that has far darker and much more serious implications.

(2) Persons riding bicycles on roads without designated bicycle lanes shall share the road and not impede the normal and reasonable movement of vehicle traffic.
* * *
When the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia contacted Councilman Oh for a definition of “impeding” his response was:

“Not impede is in the ordinance already. I’ve simply taken that language and I take it to mean if a road has a specific speed limit — such as 35 or 40 miles an hour, or 25 — those are meant for vehicles that can go that rate of speed. Typically: cars, motorcycles maybe. So, a bicycle that cannot go that speed should share the road and move over so cars can continue to go in that direction.”

This is a very vague and dangerous definition, police could easily pull over cyclists on the grounds of impeding traffic. Then use it as an opportunity to stop, search, and question anyone they consider suspicious. Without probable cause.

And if you think it can’t happen here then take a look at when the Tampa, FL Police started writing tickets to hundreds of people using archaic laws relating to bicycles.


Councilman Oh’s bill is a return to 2009 when the Philadelphia City Council attempted to pass punitive legislation against cyclists. Like $1000 fines for running stop signs and confiscating “brakeless”, fixed gear bikes. With Indego having reached 100,00 rides in two months since its launch and the growing number of cyclists in and around Philadelphia. this potential bill is not just a big step backwards. It creates the potential for future legal problems for the City of Philadelphia. 

The Bicycle Coalition has stated that, "we do not support this bill as written”. At the Philadelphia Bicycle Journal I do not support this bill at all, no matter how many times it is rewritten.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dear #unblockbikelanes

Dear #unblockbikelanes,

Its not me it’s you. At first our relationship was magical and full of promise. But then we started to have our ups and downs. I understand that the sole purpose of our relationship was to create a database of parking violation hotspots of cars parking in bike lanes. But what is the point in creating a database if you have no plans to use it to improve enforcement?

Actual enforcement has been a real problem, with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia stating that enforcement has been “mixed and inconsistent””. It's been most poignant when in the 2nd quarter of 2014  96% more tickets issued compared to 2013. However in the 3rd quarter 2014 20% fewer tickets than in 2013.

Posting to Twitter is a cumbersome process. You have to take a picture, add the address, and then post the tweet. Then to add to the frustration that if you want to see a map with all of the hotspots compiled in one spot you have to make one yourself. Or hope the PPA will do it, which will only happen when it benefits the PPA. So locations of hotspots is not readily available or easily accessed.

There is a better solution, Tow It,  http://towit.io/. Using the camera in your smartphone all it takes is one click and the App does all the work. It posts the picture, logs the location with your phone's built in GPS, and then adds the location to an open source map. A map that anyone can view through the Map It website, whether or not if they use the Tow It App. This means that the PPA can longer hide the data on hotspots behind a wall of bureaucracy. Anyone can see for themselves where the hotspots are.

Don’t think of this as breakup #unblockbikelanes. Instead we are just uncoupling.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review - Riverbend Cycles

 
Deceptively, deceptive is how Riverbend Cycles can be described. From the outside Riverbend Cycles blends in with its surroundings.


Inside Riverbend Cycles is a masterful example of making the most out of the space they have. On the ground floor they have a repair area and nice selection of cycling accessories and clothing. And if you need to get your caffeine fix they have a cafe complete with a great selection of hot and cold coffee, tea, and snacks which you can enjoy on their outdoor patio. 


Follow the staircase in the repair area up one flight and you will find a showroom with a wide array of new bicycles for sale. If you have friends from out of town Riverbend Cycles has rental bikes so you can take them for a ride on the Schuylkill River Trail.


Riverbend Cycles is located at 1 Station Ave. in Conshohocken at Miller’s House at Spring Mill. Located behind the new apartment complex, Courts of Spring Mill, and across the street from the Spring Mill SEPTA Station with easy access to the Schuylkill River Trail.. Riverbend Cycles is sure to have a thriving business for many years to come.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Coneheads

SInce the inception of the #unblockbikelanes the campaign has been flawed. The PPA is using it to create a database and enforcement is “mixed and inconsistent”. As witnessed by the pictures in “We Are Not Amused” where the same car blocks a bike lane and a trolley stop for seven days without a single ticket being issued by the police or the PPA.

I feel it's time for some street theatre. I believe that the concept listed below is an effective solution to raise awareness. It could even be used to promote pedestrian crosswalks that have heavy traffic by having coneheads provide a temporary crossing guard service.

I hope that someone will take this idea and run with it. Perhaps a joint effort between 5th Square and Spoke Magazine.
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Bike Lane Flash Mob
Coneheads will gather for 30 minutes at [INSERT LOCATION] and line the bike lane with awareness comes. Raising awareness of the bike lane and creating a safe passage for cyclists to promote Vision Zero.  At the end of 30 minutes we will gather our awareness cones and depart. Please do not block the sidewalk or entrances to nearby businesses and homes. Take a moment to consume mass quantities from a local business where we are gathered.

  • Who are we? We are Coneheads. We have gathered to promote vehicle safety and Vision Zero.
  • Where do we come from? We come from France.
  • What colour and size should my cone be? Every cone is welcome, the prefered cone is a standard 28” orange cone.
  • What is our purpose? Coneheads are creating public awareness of the bike lane to promote Vision Zero. Accessible bike lanes mean cyclists do not have to choose between riding in traffic or riding on the sidewalk. Which benefits pedestrians and drivers.
  • Who is in charge? Introduce them to the Spokescone  and tell them what time we will be leaving at.
  • What if someone tries to create a problem? Have everyone start recording with their cell phone cameras. Do not engage with anyone who is trying to confront us.

The four “M”’s of a bike lane liberation.
DON’T MESS WITH KIDS
DON’T MESS WITH COPS
DON’T MESS WITH MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR THE OCCUPANTS
DON’T MESS WITH OTHER CYCLISTS.

* DON’T MESS WITH LITTLE KIDS!! Parents are very protective of their children, especially if the parents are not around. NOTHING and I do mean nothing, says “please kick my ass” by saying something to a child that is not yours. Remember when a ten year old boy lied to his parents about getting hit by a stranger? We do not need this to happen.

* DON’T MESS WITH THE COPS!! IF the police ask us to leave, WE LEAVE. This is a peaceful, informational event. If you insist on debating the legality of what is happening and the police don’t like it, you are on your own. Nothing says love like having to call your significant other and ask them to post bail.

*DON’T MESS WITH MOTORIZED VEHICLES OR THE OCCUPANTS!! If someone insists on driving through or parking in a bike lane, let them. Remember they are driving a two ton vehicle that can cause injury. If someone yells something obnoxious  just wave back and let them drive away. Bottom line, if some wants to be a jerk let them. If you want to be a jerk than this is not the place for you.

*DON’T MESS WITH OTHER CYCLISTS!! Do not block the bike lane. If other cyclists ride through the lane, stay out of their way. Cheer them on from the sidewalk.

* STAY TOGETHER AT ALL TIMES. While ‘No force on earth can stop a hundred cyclists” might be true, there’s a lot of forces that can stop one or two cyclist. Not everyone likes people on bikes  and there are a people who would use this as an excuse to start trouble.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We are not Amused

Let’s face it the #unblockbikelanes effectiveness has been very limited and is a source of frustration for many cyclists who have watched and participated in this effort. Enforcement has been haphazard at best, as the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s own statistics have shown.
1st quarter - the same number of tickets were written in 2014 as 2013
2nd quarter 96% more tickets issued in 2014 vs 2013
3rd quarter - 20% fewer tickets issued in 2014 vs 2013
4th quarter - 40% more tickets issued in 2014 vs 2013

Inconsistent is the best description regarding the effectiveness of the PPA to follow through on the #unblockbikelanes. Something that is confirmed the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s own report. Which includes statements as:
"There does not appear to be a sustained effort to enforce parking regulations."
"Enforcement efforts before and after a concerted effort to address violators has been mixed and inconsistent."

Contrary to popular belief the PPA does not have a secret crime fighting lair, like a Batcave or a Fortress of Solitude, from which they dispatch agents ready to write tickets at a moments notice.

So in an attempt to placate the cycling community the PPA recently created an interactive map that is 6 months out of date. Along with stating their latest goals.

  • Give citizens the opportunity to report blocked bike lanes via Twitter.​
  • Compile relevant data highlighting the most problematic areas with blocked bike lanes in the city.
  • Engage active voices within the Philadelphia community, in particular, The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.​

There is only one goal missing; enforcing existing parking regulations regarding bike lanes.

A point driven home by these two posts on Twitter 7 days apart.

May 4, 2015

May 11, 2015

How does the PPA ignore this for seven days? There have been renewed Tweets about the failures and frustration of the #unblockbikelanes. Along with replies asking people to keep tweeting so more data can be compiled. It seems that all this data does is point out the PPA's unwillingness to do their job.



We need a solution that is more than a map full of pretty colors and outdated information. I'd like to  think the time is right for a Bike Lane Flash Mob. Where cyclist will gather at a specific bike lane for 30 minutes and everyone will bring an awareness cone to line the bike lane. Participants could call themselves Coneheads, say they come France, and consume mass quantities from nearby merchants.