In 2012, City Council took over control of street restriping for bike lanes and other alterations involving removal of travel lanes, parking lanes, or turns lanes. This legislation makes Philly the only big city in the U.S. where installation of new bike lanes require a City Council ordinance. Not surprisingly, our bike lane striping rates have fallen off a cliff since 2012.
Until Council gives up this power, they can begin by fast-tracking bike lanes in Census tracts where vehicle ownership is under 50%.
Neighborhoods with less than 50% vehicle ownership are ready for more transportation choice, and the Streets Department should have a greater degree of autonomy to install safe bicycle infrastructure in these places.