During the first year of Greenworks, numerous partners collaborated to make Philadelphia more accessible to pedestrians and bikers. The most visible change was the addition of two new bike lanes on Spruce and Pine Streets, which create a much-demanded east-west corridor for biking. The successful pilot project began in September 2009 and is paving the way for more bike lanes throughout the City.
In February 2010, with the support of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the City of Philadelphia received $17.2 million to fill critical gaps in the City's bicycle and pedestrian trail network. The funds are from the U.S. Department of Transportation's highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants Program.
"This truly was a collective effort," said Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "It shows how the City and outside groups are working together to achieve sustainability goals. The TIGER grant depended on local groups being on board and the City making clear that the project was a priority."The City is also working to make bike parking easier. Since Mayor Nutter took office, the Streets Department has installed over 1,400 bike racks as part of the Adopt-a-Rack program. The program provides a City-installed bike rack to groups and individuals that accept maintenance responsibility. The Streets Department plans to install 500 new racks in 2010. Additionally, as the City switches over from individual parking meters to centralized parking payment kiosks, we plan to convert roughly 1,800 former meters into bike parking by replacing meter heads with metal rings.
In 2008, among the nation's ten largest cities, Philadelphia had the highest percentage of commuters using bikes: 1.6 percent, or twice the national average of .55 percent. More than 7 percent of the City's workforce walks to work each day. Currently, the City has 205 miles of bike lanes and 32.1 miles of multi-use trails.