Thursday, June 05, 2008

$4/Gallon Gas Prices Exacerbate Immediate Citywide Need For More Bike Lanes And New Bike Share Program

From an April email from the Mayor himself:
Mayor Nutter: “I appreciate that you and many of your fellow citizens believe that a bike sharing program in Philadelphia would contribute to improving public health, ease transportation problems and promote sustainability in the City.
[…]
Rina Cutler, the Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities is creating a position in her office that is solely focused on making the City more bicycle-friendly.”
Ok. How’s that coming along?
Cutler has worked with [Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia] to create a full-time Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position in City Hall.

BCGP Executive Director Alex Doty began pushing for this before she had even taken office and was the first person to meet with her once she opened her doors. According to Doty, Philadelphia is the last major city to create such a position.

"We hope to have someone on board by the first of July," Cutler says.
July 1 you say? Tick, tock. Tick. Tock.

We’re already well behind New York and Chicago. Stop stalling.

Related:
Cycling surges in Mass., fueled by high gas prices [ Boston Herald ]
Chains of Love [ City Paper Clog ]

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