Harrisburg, PA – December 17, 2019 – Philadelphia’s historic district will become more cyclist and pedestrian friendly through $6.6 million in new state funding for bike lanes and intersection improvements, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today.
“For me, transforming Philadelphia into a 21st century city that welcomes bicycles and foot traffic has been a priority,” he said. “Historic Old City is a key tourist destination and these improvements will make it safer and more attractive to Pennsylvanians and visitors from across the nation.”
The money will go toward multimodal improvements on Market Street from 6th St. to 2nd St., including rightsizing, protected bike lanes, signal improvements, bus boarding and pedestrian islands, and street improvements.
The funding will also provide new pavement marking, safety improvements, green bicycle conflict zones, rumble strips, new lighting, curb extensions and a redesign of high-quality bicycle network streets with protected bicycle lanes and neighborhood bikeway corridors.
The projects are made possible through $13.1 million in funding announced today to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities statewide, funded through PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE).
Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.
“The City of Philadelphia put its best foot forward for its pedestrians in this highly competitive grant program,” Farnese said. “This team effort has delivered again.”