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Bicycle Coalition to present Fairmount Ave bike lane proposal

[UPDATE: The first community meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28 has been postponed until 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 due to weather. The Fairmount Civic Association meeting remains scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, but only members “in good standing” will be permitted to vote.]

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will present the proposed Fairmount Avenue bike lanes to local civics beginning January 28. 

The Bicycle Coalition has surveyed local businesses and residents to gain initial feedback on the bike lanes – one in each direction – on Fairmount Ave from Pennsylvania Avenue to Broad Street. The proposed lanes are intended to promote shopping, commuting, and daily travel along the corridor. 

Sarah Clark Stuart, policy director at the Bicycle Coalition, said so far the majority of feedback on the lanes has been positive. 

Clark-Stuart and the Bike Coalition will present their findings and preliminary proposal to three area civic associations over the next month. Local residents are encouraged to attend the meetings and to vote on the bike lane proposal. 

One advantage of Fairmount Ave for the bike lanes is that the street is wide enough to install bike lanes without removing parking or infringing on vehicle travel lanes. 

If approved, the lanes will likely be incorporated into a Streets Department lane striping contract. 

Area residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming public meetings:

Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp
January 28, doors open at 5:30pm, meeting at 6:15pm
2nd Pilgrim Baptist Church, 15th & Ogden Street

Fairmount Civic Association
January 31, 7 pm
Philadelphia Mennonite High School, 860 N. 24th Street

Spring Garden Civic Association
February 20, 6:30pm
Lithuanian Church Hall, 19th & Wallace Street

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