Next SHCA Board Meeting Tue, Oct 13, 7:30 pm

The board of the Spruce Hill Community Association meets 7:30 pm at 257 S. 45th St on the second Tuesday of the month: Oct 13, Nov 10, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14, Sep 13. The guest speakers at our next meeting: TBA.

Chestnut St Bike Lane

Dear Spruce Hill Community Association:

When I came to your organization over a year ago to present a proposal for adding a bike lane on Chestnut Street by replacing a travel lane with a buffered bike lane, I promised you updates. It has been a very long time since we last talked and much has happened. I presented the proposal to Councilwoman Blackwell and the Streets Department. The Streets Department performed traffic engineering studies to determine if the new configuration would be able to accommodate the traffic with one less travel lane. The good news is that the traffic studies indicated it was a go! Furthermore, the Streets Department decided that a parking protected bike lane would be a safer alternative to the buffered bike lane I showed you. I know these are not familiar terms, so let me explain. A buffered bike lane is one that is typically next to the curb (if there is not parking) or next to a parking lane where parking exists. The travel portion of the bike lane is typically 5-6’ wide and has a 2’ painted buffer between the bike lane and moving traffic.

The traffic engineers in the Philadelphia Streets Department recommends a parking protected bike lane where possible. A parking protected bike lane is against the curb and the parking is pulled away from the curb, creating a physical barrier between bicycles and moving cars. See the Proposed Lane Configuration below from the Streets Department. This is an exciting step forward for Philadelphia. Chestnut Street represents the wave of the future could be the first street in Philadelphia to get this state of the art treatment designed to improve safety for all users. All good, so far.

The news that disappointed me is that this treatment is recommended only from 31st Street to 45th Street. As you may remember, I was hoping to connect Cobbs Creek to the Schuylkill River, mirroring the bike lane on Walnut Street. Apparently, Councilwoman Blackwell felt that the constituents who live beyond 45th Street were not interested in this road treatment. If this is indeed correct then it’s all good.   However, I feel an obligation to let you know what the city is considering and give you a chance to voice your opinion. The earliest this paving could occur is 2016, so there is time for public comment. I would welcome the opportunity to hear from you. It if often difficult for Council people to take the pulse of the people on any given topic. When we spoke last year I got the impression that you and your organization appreciated not only the safety that this road configuration would bring but also improved quality of life. If you live west of 45th Street and are interested in seeing the parking protected bike lane completed all the way to 63rd Street please feel free to use me as a resource in making your voice heard.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the proposed improvements. I am happy to make a presentation at one of your regularly scheduled meetings if you would like.

Susan Dannenberg
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
[email protected]

Spruce Hill Community Association Night at the Penn Museum’s Concert Series: August 12

It’s summertime, and P.M. @Penn Museum’s popular outdoor Summer Night Concert Series, Wednesdays 5:00 to 8:00 pm, runs now through September 2nd. Concerts are presented in the beautiful Stoner Courtyard garden, 3260 South Street across from Franklin Field. The Museum’s Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour drinks and light fare outdoors (for purchase), and the Museum galleries stay open to explore until 8 pm, with a guided gallery tour available during intermission.

 Mark your calendars especially August 12—it’s Spruce Hill Community Association Night—for all members and neighbors, when Trinidelphia takes to the stage. Get ready to view the steelpan in a new light as these artists fuse Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin jazz, reggae, salsa, and American top 40 songs.

Buy $8 tickets online in advance with the code: SPRUCE. Tickets are $10 at the door. SHCA members who are also Penn Health System, CHOP employees or PennCard holders enjoy free admission with their ID. The all-ages show is free to children under 6 years old. Concert moves indoors in the event of rain.

May Fair Update

Check out just some of the amazing prizes contributed by our local businesses that we’ll be raffling off on Saturday, May 9 at the May Fair (10am-4pm)! Our list of donors is continuously growing, so expect even more great prizes at the Fair. Raffle tickets are available at the Fair, or stop by the Spruce Hill Center Thursday May 7 (6-8pm) or Fri May 8 (7-9pm).

Grand Prizes Generously Donated by the University Family Fun Center:
TRITTON PRO+  True 5.1 Surround Headset
Turtle Beach Ear Force X42
AND 5 University Family Fun Center baskets

Eat, Drink and Be Merry:
Blarney Stone – dinner for 4
Donuts Plus – $50 gift card
The Coffee Market (formerly Earth Cup) – two $20 gift cards
Lil’ Pop Shop – $25 gift card
Local 44 – $50 gift card
Manakeesh Café & Bakery – platter of baklava
Metropolitan Bakery – $5 gift coupons
Milk & Honey – mystery gift card
Pattaya Grill – $25 gift card
Saads Halal – $20 gift certificate
Vietnam Café – $25 gift card
Zahav – $100 gift card

Take Care of Yourself, Your Pets and Your Home:
Baltimore Pets – Basket of goodies for kitties ($50 value)
Goalkeeping 1-on-1 – 1-hour field hockey lesson with Coach Wagner ($150 value)
House of Our Own book store – Gift Certificate Horticulturalist Sue MacQueen – 1-hour garden consult
Last Word Bookshop – Gift Certificate
Lawyer, Andrew Cole, PC – 1-hour legal consult
Modern Eye – $100 gift card
Monarch Hardware – $25 gift certificate
Saturn Club – manicure and pedicure

Book lovers! Thanks to the contributions of countless neighbors, our $1 book sale will feature many hundreds of books of all genres – this is a sale you will not want to miss!