• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Bike lane parking? Tweet it to PPA

Any city bike rider has run up against cars and trucks parked or double-parked in bike lakes all over town. It happens all the time. But now, the ever-vigilant Philadelphia Parking Authority says it will keep an eye on this issue using Twitter. 

So now, when you spot a car parked in a bike lane tweet @PhilaParking the location and use the hashtag #unblockbikelanes.

The Parking Authority announced this effort, developed after conversations with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, in a blog post Wednesday. PPA’s goal is to use the tweets to “identify chronic problem areas and make plans for the future.” So PPA's attention won't necessarily result in tickets for those scofflaw vehicles, just like every red light blowing cyclist won’t be ticketed, but it will allow PPA to track patterns. Maybe that can lead to better enforcement down the road.

As the Bicycle Coalition noted on its blog, PPA's monitoring will not extend to weekend parking in the Spruce and Pine bike lanes which is supposed to be tied to the religious institutions along those streets. 

The Bicycle Coalition’s post also has a very helpful review of the laws on the books: Remember that double parking (as in a lane next to parked cars) or parking (in a curbside lane) in bike lanes illegal, but loading/unloading is permitted. Plus, commercial vehicles are given a bonus 20 minutes to finish up their work after loading/unloading. That can be tricky to track. 


About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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