Finally, Philadelphia's first protected bike lane (I don't count the Ryan Ave one in the NE, too far away) is here! A lane of traffic has been removed from Chestnut Street, bring auto lanes from 3 down to 2 between 45th St and 34th St, which will lower overall speeds of cars which makes everyone safer. This is a major accomplishment by everyone who has been lobbying for it all this time. Hopefully the momentum will continue and we will see a robust and complete protected bicycle network emerge in Philadelphia. Those of you who like this, it is very important that you call Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at (215) 686-3418 and tell her that you are thankful for the protected bike lane installation and that you want it to be permanent! It only takes a second and these phone calls go a long way! Yahoo!