The BCGP monitors bicycle hazards and forwards the information to the local authorities if possible.
2044 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19103 - Rittenhouse Square
The bike lanes on Spruce st. are barely a month old, and already they are being plagued by illegal parking, stopping, idling.
does a good job documenting parking + idling with eyes on the street, addresses, and photos
What can we do to get parking enforced? Are the neighborhoods on board?
Here are a few complaints about Spruce:
(photo taken from mybikelane website)
2922-2954 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA - Cobbs Creek
This is a very dangerous stretch of road for cyclists because the bike lane and right turn lane intersect. I bike it daily and have seen two accidents and numerous near accidents between bicyclists and motorists. Last week my husband's rib was broken when he was struck by a car while biking here. When we returned to the scene to look at it several days later, we found another biker rolling on the ground after having just been hit by a car.
1) Flashing lights and signs are needed here
2) bright plastic road dividers should be installed, to limit the area that cars are able to move into the bike lane
3) and/or more permanent bike lane dividers should be installed to protect cyclists
Thank you for consideration and assistance.
1700 Morris St Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA - Newbold neighborhood
Di Silvestro Playground located at 1500 Morris Street in the Newbold part of Philadelphia has created chaos for the residences who live directly around the playground. Young males ranging from the ages of 10 to 20 have begun to sit on parked vehicles and on the steps of residences after playing basketball. In groups of 6 and more they practice fight each other and lean their bikes on the vehicles nearby. Many of them check to see if the doors of the cars are locked when loitering in front of private homes. Along with the damage left from the bikes, they sit on hoods and in empty pickup truck beds. You can clearly see a string of cars that have sneaker marks and indented hoods from the group of males. They are normally present from the hours of 3pm to 8pm.
Another issue is the fact that they also climb on top of the roof of the community center currently under construction and the equipment containers. Since there is no mediator or authority at a playground filled of teenagers after school it becomes chaotic inside and immediately around the playground.
They often film themselves fighting each other and their activities to glorify the gang like culture. As an example seen in a video on YouTube called “SOUTH PHILLY 15th STREET goonz ( K.WALKER )” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETfL6ZAqdM
Many immigrants on the westside 1700 block of 15th street have no voice as they accept that a large group of thugs sit in front of their homes without confrontation in fear of retaliation. They become trapped until these young males leave or continue to another step after leaving all their litter behind. I myself have asked them to politely move off my step and have been cursed at when doing so. Calling the police is useless as they just move when they yell 5O. There is no reasoning with these males, they lack tact and respect.
None of these males live immediately around the playground so they have no respect for the area around it. Often they are playing basketball bouncing the ball way past midnight on nice nights in an unlit court as residence try to sleep for work the next day. There used to be a fence which closed the basketball court off afterhours but since the community center is under construction the caretaker of the playground is no longer around. As this is just the beginning of the summer the playground is subjected to FLASHMOB like conditions after school with no presents of authority.
"We run south philly" qouted in the video.
Green Lane To Shurs Lane To Ridge Ave Merge To Septa Transfer Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA - Manayunk
The entire route beginning from Main street where cars are parked on both sides of the road and where the 61 (bus) travels....a cyclist takes their life every day.
#1 Nobody behind the wheel travels speed limit (25mph) including SEPTA - - they go barreling down Main street from Green Lane to Shurs Lane to Ridge merge to SEPTA transfer, squeezing cyclists - pinning them either to a park car or squeezed by speed behind a moving car.
#2 the approach to Wissahickon transfer station during a compute is deadly. Cars spontaneously pulling to the curbside to drop off people, SEPTA pulling in and out of the turn-around, cars not wanting to accommodate the bicycle, and people moving, gathering -running across streets for buses.... CRAZY, SCARY...it will happen .someone will get hurt badly -- or it will be fatal.
Sharrows were put down early June - GREAT 1st step. Hoping step 2 and 3 will follow. Enforcement of travel speed and a solution to the disastrous Wissahickon SEPTA transfer station.
15th & Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA - City Center West
Poorly placed steel plates over utility excavation causes a bike wheel trap in the Spruce Street bike lane at 15th Street. Can the plates 1) be placed tight against one another 2) secured so that they are not moved out of place by turning cars and trucks
1300 Block Of Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA - Passyunk Square
#94056 has been archived but the problem has not gone away.
Please FIX this problem -- don't just archive it. This is unsafe for bicyclists - and the store is using the public right-of-way and putting bicyclists in the way of high-speed motorists.