City Hall will take input on new bike lanes

    It’s been almost a month since Philadelphia launched a pilot project that officials said could make life easier for drivers and bikers. Last month the city took one lane that used to allow car travel on Pine and Spruce Streets through Center City, and turned it into a bike lane.

    It’s been almost a month since Philadelphia launched a pilot project that officials said could make life easier for drivers and bikers. Last month the city took one lane that used to allow car travel on Pine and Spruce Streets through Center City, and turned it into a bike lane.

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    The city plans to hold community meetings next month to get feedback on the bike lanes, but people are already giving their opinions.

    Andrew Stober is with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities. He says the city has received slightly more positive comments than negative.

    Stober: We’re hearing from drivers and neighborhood residents who are pleased with the bike lanes and they find traffic moving in a more orderly fashion. We’re also hearing from some drivers who are complaining about cyclists behavior and who are complaining that they only have one lane to drive in.

    Stober says the city’s also hearing from a lot of bikers who are glad to have a safe route through Center City.

    He says the bike lanes will stay in place at least until the city starts repaving portions of Pine and Spruce Streets in the spring.

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