From Around the Commonwealth


17 more miles of bike lanes and sharrows added in 2012

Since 2007, we’ve worked with the City to install a number of on-street bike markings, which include bike lanes and shared lane markings, or “sharrows.” The above map shows the installation of these facilities in the order that they were put in.

The map shows the growing connections that are made by these on-street markings. Sometimes, the road is too narrow, or the project is too costly, so the City uses sharrows to establish the route and connection. Eventually, similar to what happened on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield, the sharrows may become legit bike lanes, assuming there is physical space, money and political will for change.

In 2012, the City added about 17 miles of bike lanes (6.7 miles) and/or sharrows (10.5) on Brighton Ave and East Ohio St in the Northside, Millvale Ave and Friendship Ave in Bloomfield, Neville St in Oakland, Butler St in Lawrenceville, East Carson St in the South Side, Ellsworth Ave in Shadyside, and Thomas, Reynolds, Meade and Homewood in Point Breeze. See the BikePGH History page for details.


The year 2012 saw important gains for bicyclists’ rights and bicycling infrastructure in the counties surrounding Philadelphia. Much of those gains we’ve mentioned earlier this week, such as the new developments in The Circuit and legislation like the closing of the drunk driving loophole.

As we conclude our year-in-review series, here are some other happenings and accomplishments we can feel good about as we unwrap the plastic from our new one-a-day calendars:

Suburban Pennsylvania

  • The Bicycle Coalition held six workshops in suburban PA towns, training local residents on how to become effective advocates for bicycle and pedestrian projects in their communities.
  • Bucks County, Mid-Chester County, Lower Merion, and Delaware County all publicized new bicycle or greenway plans.
  • We helped SEPTA, PATCO, and NJDOT create a map asking you which transit stations need more bike parking or better bicycle routes.
  • A statewide push helped Pennsylvania pass a 4-foot passing law in April. This law, while it helps all bicyclists everywhere, will be especially pertinent to two-lane, shoulder-less roads in the suburban and rural parts of the state. (This could have gone under legislative highlights, but we’re assuming nobody reads just one blog post here, right?)
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One Response to From Around the Commonwealth

  1. Joe Buss says:

    Thank You for all your work. I am a road cyclist. I feel boulavards are better to ride because a road shoulder is available to ride. Country roads are most beautiful, especially in western lehigh county and eastern berks county, but no shoulders to ride on. The four foot law is awesome. We have alot a development planned for this area in the near future (Jaindl land development) so if you could help us preserve some of the most beautiful road riding roads it would be appreciated. Thank You, Joe

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