Safety in Numbers

Cool news about biking in general and in Philadelphia in particular:

As the number of bicyclists on Philadelphia streets has risen, cyclists and city officials have seen a counterintuitive result: The number of bike crashes and deaths has declined.

This “safety in numbers” phenomenon has been documented elsewhere, and safety experts believe it is because motorists become more alert to cyclists when there are more of them.

{via atrios}

The Philadelphia High Line?

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The NYC High Line — ©Kwong Yee Cheng

Didn’t know about this project:

The Reading Viaduct soars over the neighborhood just north of Philadelphia’s Center City… Elevated railroad tracks long abandoned and overgrown with vegetation, the Viaduct has many dreaming of a park along the lines of the High Line in New York, one of the biggest urban-renewal successes of the last decade.

Good interview with Philadelphia proponents and one of the original advocates for the NYC High Line {WHYY — Radio Times}.

I think it would be a clear win for the city to turn an abandoned structure into more green space (about 5 acres). It generated a ton of money ($millions) in new investment around the high line in NYC, so the Chinatown folks need to suck it up and get on board.