DIY track work on 11th Street.
Getting a bike wheel caught in trolley tracks and wiping out is an unfortunate rite of passage for Philly cyclists. But on part of 11th Street, that's no longer a problem. Reader Rob Emanuele sent us this photo of some guerilla track-work in the area, noting, "Someone filled in a stretch of unused trolley tracks between Vine and Callowhill on 11th street. To me it makes a strong statement about bike safety and community DIY."
Andrew Stober of the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities confirmed that the city was not behind the roadwork, but declined to comment further.
The track in question is the old Route 23 trolley line, which — believe it or not — is not considered abandoned but merely "suspended." The trolley last ran in 1992, and the substation that serviced the line was demolished last year. However, the return of the trolley service, along with Route 56, remains on SEPTA's long and growing list of unfunded, long-term capital projects, at a combined projected cost of $189 million for infrastructure and $130 million for vehicles. Which means the trolleys won't be running any time soon. Hopefully, neither will those painful biking accidents.
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