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Philadelphia Advocates Sue for Protected Bike Lane

As the city continues to make little progress on planned bike lanes, cyclists are turning to the courts for relief.
August 22, 2018, 2pm PDT | Elana Eden
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Another kind of neglect for Philadelphia's bike infrastructure is visible in this image from March 2018.
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Bike advocates in Philadelphia hope that a private lawsuit could pressure the city to improve bike infrastructure, Jim Saksa reports for PlanPhilly.

Supported by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the suit accuses a hotel contractor of operating a valet service in a bike lane. In hopes of reaching a settlement, the company has agreed to protect the bike lane with plastic posts to prevent further violations—provided they can get a permit from the city.

Before taking office in 2015, Mayor Jim Kenney promised to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes; so far, the city has achieved 3.5. "If this works, cycling advocates may have discovered a way around their long-blocked efforts to improve Philly’s bike infrastructure: litigation," Saksa writes.

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Published on Friday, August 17, 2018 in PlanPhilly
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