Recommendations

General Recommendations:

  1. Market the Greenway as a community health improvement project.
  2. Seek funding from sources interested in investing in public health projects.
  3. Include public health organizations and public health professionals in stakeholder meetings and on the Steering Committee.
  4. Conduct further research on the generalizability of cited studies to Philadelphia-specific outcomes.

Recommendations for Physical Health Pathway

  1. Collaborate with the Neighborhood Bike Works to bring cycling education to Spring Garden residents, especially children, to encourage use of the Greenway.
  2. Install wayfinding signage to encourage active transportation.

Recommendations for Traffic Safety Pathway

  1. Install clear traffic signage, particularly at alternating intersections that might cause confusion.
  2. Design cycling facilities to feel safe for users at all abilities.
  3. Keep greenway lane bicycle-only, as some shared segregated paths have higher rates of crashes due to confusion.
  4. Conduct further research to consider the health and safety impacts of the separated center median bikeway alignment.

Recommendations for Economic Activity Pathway:

  1. Encourage businesses to establish a coalition of bicycle-friendly businesses, and encourage those businesses to advertise bathroom and rest facilities for East Coast Greenway travelers. Encourage businesses to install bicycle corrals or areas for bike parking.
  2. Encourage patronage from long-distance bikers and users of the East Coast Greenway through marketing and publicity. Examples of marketing and publicity include (1) placing advertisements in bicycling magazines and in other tourist materials, (2) installing signage directing local and long-distance users to area amenities, such as the Edgar Allan Poe house, Northern Liberties, the Art Museum, Reading Viaduct, Prohibition Taproom, Sazon Restaurant, Honey’s, North Third and Cafe Lift, and (3) creating a gateway that indicates that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are entering the Greenway or are on the East Coast Greenway trail. This gateway might include alternate paving, signage, statues or street painting.
  3. Hold events along the Greenway to encourage usage and publicity. Examples include bike races, 5K runs, street fairs and bike expos. Temporary closure restrictions may apply since Spring Garden is a PennDOT road.
  4. Establish a Business Improvement District along the Greenway to help fund maintenance of green areas, street trees and other amenities.
  5. Encourage the City to implement a greenway overlay district that encourages a pedestrian friendly environment not only along the right of way, but for the businesses as well. For example, the City could phase out surface parking that fronts on spring garden, phase out large setbacks and minimize curb cuts.
  6. Support initiatives and policies that promote mixed-income development. Examples of initiatives include inclusionary zoning, tax incentives and density bonuses for developers.
  7. Encourage opportunities to increase assets for existing residents. Examples of opportunities include homeownership programs and workforce development initiatives.

Recommendations for Social Capital Pathway

  1. Host community events along the corridor inviting community members from diverse backgrounds to use the new Greenway.  These activities will create opportunities for individuals from different settings who live in communities along Spring Garden Street to interact.  The Philadelphia Environmental Corporation could encourage community leaders to take ownership of these events and hold them on a regular basis.
  2. Create opportunities for traditionally marginalized members of the community, particularly senior citizens to utilize the Greenway.  Due to physical and mental limitations, senior citizens may feel too intimidated to use the Greenway but often live isolated lives and are most in need of opportunities to build social networks.  Benches, shaded areas, and well-place public facilities along the Greenway may offer a respite for senior citizens as they walk along the trail and encourage them to make use of the walkways more often.
  3. Create spaces along the Greenway where community members could convene meetings and hold events.
  4. Wherever possible, create linkages between the Greenway and existing civic spaces, particularly schools, parks, libraries, and other public buildings.  These linkages could foster connections between individuals from diverse backgrounds, improve social cohesion, as well as fostering community engagement.
  5. Create a Greenway Community Advisory Board made up of residents from the communities along the Spring Garden street corridor.  This advisory board could function as an organizing body for projects to help keep the Greenway safe and clean as well as organizing regular community events, which promote social cohesion.
  6. Organize community watch associations between neighborhoods along the Spring Garden street corridor to foster informal social control and help decrease crime along the Greenway.
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