Vision Zero: Protected bike lane construction set to begin in Center City

Andrew Kramer
May 20, 2018 - 11:07 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – Construction is set to begin Monday along two busy Center City streets as Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Pilot Project kicks off.

“No Parking” signs are now posted along JFK Boulevard and Market Street between 15th to 20th Streets.

Alongside the parking restrictions are signs reminding people what exactly the Vision Zero Pilot Project is and how it works.

"The street will go from being several lanes of motor vehicle traffic and parking on both sides to one less lane of vehicle traffic and a bike lane against the curb with parking on the outside of the bike lane," explained Randy LoBasso with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

The city hopes by placing the bike lanes between the sidewalk and parked cars, this will improve safety for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

"That is going to add a safer, easier way for cyclists to get through," added LoBasso. "According to many studies that have been done, it will not effect traffic flow badly enough that it will be that noticeable."

Over the next few weeks, the construction will consist of restriping the road and marking off the designated pedestrian areas.

Once the construction is complete, the city says they will reevaluate to determine the program's effectiveness.

The parking restrictions are from May 21st to June 1st, between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m.