Cyclists, drivers and pedestrians unite: what are the biggest offenses of the three?

    There is a three-legged monster fueling a transportation war in Philadelphia. It’s the bikers vs. the drivers, with a few pedestrians sprinkled into the mix.

    Bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets sparked the war that never ends, and we’re tossing gasoline on the fire. With your help, of course.

    We want to hear what you have to say about drivers, bikers and pedestrians. Are you a biker caught between cell phone-chatting pedestrians and lane-hogging drivers? Or a driver who just wants to get through the intersection without a bike speeding through while a pedestrian stands awkwardly on the corner so you can’t tell if that person is waiting for a bus or trying to cross?

    But we don’t just want your grievances. We want your confessions. Tell us what rules of the road you break on a frequent and occasional basis, and why you break them. Because, c’mon, we all do it.

    So what’s sparking all this? A morning chat in our newsroom about congested intersections. Cyclists on our staff say 36th and Walnut streets is a particularly bad mashup of our three-legged monster. There must be others, so let us know.

    Update: NewsWorks contributor Bas Slabbers shares this relevant tidbit: Pennsylvania’s House Transportation Committee will review HB 170 next Wednesday. HB 170 will require motorists to give bicyclists four feet when passing, and it will give bicyclists the right of way when cars intend to turn into the bicycle’s path.

     

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