Yes, a "group" of bicyclists would like to have periodic car-free streets because they enjoyed it so much during the papal visit.
Please note the mainspring for the idea of turning swaths of the city over to cyclists is Alexandria Schneider. She lives in Horsham.
She's very excited because she got about 3,000 signatures on an online petition in 48 hours.
There are 5 million people in Greater Philadelphia.
Yes, there were no cars during the papal weekend and thousands of city residents had to move their cars and were inconvenienced in a variety of ways. The lack of freedom of movement killed restaurant business – but who cares?
I was out and about during the weekend and saw a lot of "extra" bikes, which felt free to ride the wrong way on one-way streets. Why does that matter? Ask the pedestrians who were hit or almost hit by bikes coming from the wrong direction.
Martin Luther King Drive is available for cyclists all summer long. Kelly Drive is available all year long.
What is this thing they have against cars?
I was almost floored – was it a confession? – by Liz Spikol in this month's Philadelphia Magazine that she bought a car and can now easily get to Target. She could get fired for that.
Yes, Philly has street festivals that close the streets, but you know what? Bikes and mobs of pedestrians aren't really compatible.
I have an idea for Ms. Schneider. How about if I organize 1,000 cars to drive around Horsham some Saturday afternoon because it's so much more colorful than Center City?
As to cleaning out neighborhoods for the small number of bicyclists in the city, Schneider says, "People want to see their city like that again."
They do? We do? Only the bikeheads, and not even all of them.