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by Karley Cohen
Everywhere you go in Philadelphia you see all different kinds of people using bicycles to get around. Some are young, some are old; some are riding brand new single speed bikes from the store, others are riding a vintage ten speed Schwinn found on Craigslist. Smart cyclists wear helmets and have lights for when the sun goes down, so they are visible. Regardless of how different these people are they have one thing in common, they use bike lanes to get around.
Philadelphia is a rising city when it comes to being bike friendly. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is really helpful when it comes to bicycle laws and ideas. They have the laws broken down into the categories: “In The Street,” “Bikes in Bike Lanes,” “Vehicles in Bike Lanes,” ‘Equipment,” “Locking Your Bicycle,” and “Fines and Links.” Each tab explains the rules and regulations for bicycling in Philadelphia.
There are more than one kind of street markings for bikes to be aware of…
Standard Bike Lane
This lane runs parallel with the regular vehicle traffic and goes in one direction.
Green Bike Lane
A standard bike lane painted green for visibility.
Buffered Bike Lane
A standard bike lane with extra space between the bike lane and cars.
A reminder that bicycles and vehicles must share the road.
This is when a bike lane turns into a vehicle turning lane. The vehicles must yield to bicycles.
A space where cyclists can wait, or get ahead of traffic and be visible to surrounding vehicles.
Designed for bike lanes to go against traffic, these are specifically marked.
This is an awesome map to use as a guide of where bike lanes are throughout the city. Make sure when you are biking around you follow the rules and stay safe. It is super efficient to cruise around the city and there are tons of cycle meetup groups if you want to go on longer rides with friends!