In Society Hill, a disagreement over how to protect bike lanes

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials will revisit the issue of bike safety in Society Hill after cyclists protested the lack of a physical barrier between bike lanes and traffic at intersections in the neighborhood. 

Emily Fredricks, 24, was killed two years ago when a trash truck plowed into her as she rode her bike at 11th and Spruce streets. That prompted new safety measures, including shifting and repainting the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets and putting up flex posts to protect the lanes at intersections — but only west of Eighth Street.  

Deputy Managing Director Mike Carroll says Society Hill residents objected to the posts on aesthetic grounds.

"At least a portion of the residents there were very concerned that the flex posts were strongly out of character and would significantly degrade the character of their neighborhood," he said.