• 5th Square Transit Committee Kick-off Meeting

    Image: Arthur Etchells

    Philadelphia needs a transit rider advocacy organization to advocate for transit service that is fast, frequent, and fair, and to organize with transit riders to win elections and change policy.

    Join 5th Square as we kick-off our new Transit Committee, which will be charged with building that organization, and shaping local and state-level transit advocacy priorities.

    Riders need an organized voice in upcoming decisions about redesigning the bus network and trolley modernization, and the SEPTA Key rollout needs a dedicated advocacy watchdog too. Transit riders also need an organized voice for better streets policy, more frequent evening and weekend service, and more local and state funding.

    In addition to policy advocacy, the Transit Committee will also be charged with planning grassroots organizing campaigns in the different regions of Philadelphia to organize and mobilize transit riders politically for local service improvements and fare reforms, and candidates for office committed to making transit work better for riders.

    At our first meeting we'll discuss 5th Square's work on transit advocacy so far (free transfers, SEPTA Key kiosk design, university pass), projects currently in the pipeline (City Council District bus service report cards, family-friendly fares), and brainstorm some possibilities for future campaigns with the group. Free pizza/BYOB.

    Get involved. Sign up to volunteer and select 5th Square Transit Committee.

  • Building the Bicycling City: Philadelphia Book Launch

    • Thursday, September 06, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    • Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles
    • 23 people are going

    On Thursday, September 6th, please join Modacity principals Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, 5th Square political action committee, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to celebrate the release of their book "Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality" at Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles.

    Expect beer, food, laughs, and learning as Melissa and Chris Bruntlett discuss the process of the Netherlands becoming the world's top cycling nation, and how North American cities are starting to implement Dutch-inspired ideas and infrastructure. 

    Copies of the book will be available for sale. For more about this project visit:

    Free beer. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The program starts at 7:00 pm.

  • 5th Square Marketing Committee - September Meeting

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    • Industrious in Philadelphia, PA

    Join us for the third meeting of 5th Square's new Marketing and Communications Committee!

    Marketing volunteers have begun working on a few early projects: building 5th Square's brand persona, creating and commissioning original blog content to be featured in our newsletter, writing and editing a forthcoming bus transit report, and designing a 2019 Philly Urbanism calendar for a year-end fundraiser. 

    At the September 19th meeting, we'll spend a short time updating the group on our progress on these projects, and will spend most of the meeting doing a demonstration and training on using NationBuilder, 5th Square's CRM database that we use for our email newsletter and action alerts, our website, member management, and supporter mobilization.

    Members of other 5th Square committees or anyone interested in learning how to use CRM for digital organizing are welcome to attend!