Old Trolley Tracks at 12th and Spring Garden Removed to Help Keep Cyclists Safe
According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, trolley tracks at the intersection of 12th and Spring Garden Steets have been removed from the street.
Three years ago, the Bicycle Coalition asked SEPTA and the Streets Department to collaborate to remove and/or pave over inactive trolley tracks at 24 prioritized intersections. The tracks were hazardous to bicyclists, pedestrians, physically challenged and motorists.
According to the Bicycle Coalition, the agreement was brokered following an ugly crash that occurred in December 2013 when former Bicycle Coalition staffer Katie Monroe broke her jaw in three places after a spill at 11th and Reed Streets.
The intersections coincided with the old Route 23 trolley tracks. By the end of 2015, 20 out of 24 intersections were fixed by either SEPTA or the Streets Department, including the tracks at 11th and Reed.
As of December 9th, SEPTA removed the trolley tracks from the stop bar on 12th Street, north of Ridge (approx. 100 feet south of Brandywine), through the pedestrian crossing on the southwest and southeast corner of 12th and Spring Garden.
According to the Bicycle Coalition, this is a major commuting route for many bicyclists and a very welcome improvement. •