Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) has scheduled two public meetings, on April 4 and 5, to discuss a repaving and safety project on Spruce and Pine Streets from Front – 22nd Streets.
The paving project is scheduled to begin in late 2018 to address deteriorated paving and striping conditions. The project would provide an opportunity to enhance safety for people walking, biking and driving, by changing the locations of existing bike lanes on Spruce and Pine, and by repainting stop bars and crosswalks.
To improve safety for people bicycling, the planned paving project includes switching bike lanes from the right to left side of the direction of traffic. This would place bicyclists on the left curb and in better line of sight with drivers.
According to the Institute of Transportation Safety Engineers, left-side bike lanes increase safety at intersections by making people on bicycles more visible to drivers. This is especially true for truck drivers, who face larger blind spots on their right sides than on their left sides due to height and driver position. Moving the bike lanes to the left would also decrease conflicts between bicyclists and SEPTA buses. This project will not include protected bicycle lanes on Spruce or Pine Streets.