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.
City Council control ensures that Philadelphia will never have a 21st century bicycle network in any true sense of the word 'network', and that the process will always be painfully slow and disjointed, and susceptible to NIMBY sabotage. We can now say for sure this process isn't working.