Mayor Kenney: Keep South Broad Safe, Enforce Parking Rules

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During the DNC, the Kenney administration began enforcing parking rules on South Broad, and the street already looks and feels better. More importantly, the street is safer, too. No more blocked turning lanes; no more drivers and passengers suddenly exiting vehicles in the center of the street; no more pedestrians suddenly popping out from between parked vehicles; no more dangerous traffic conflicts as drivers in the left-hand lane try to parallel park in the median.

That's why we're urging the Kenney administration to direct the Philadelphia Police Department to continue enforcing parking rules on South Broad Street after the DNC ends.

The median parking is dangerous and ugly, and yet no one has been willing to touch it for fear of political blowback. As Kenney himself has said, Broad Street median parking is "not a good thing" for safety. After all, the practice is illegal in the first place, and for good reason.

Mayor Kenney committed to a "Vision Zero" policy for street safety during his 2015 campaign, and South Broad is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the entire city. Median parking plays an important part in that, and the DNC provides the perfect opportunity to fix it.

No one is currently parked in the South Broad median, so nothing is being taken away from anyone. The bandaid has already been ripped off, and few people seem upset about it. In fact, plenty of people are thrilled about the new look of South Broad Street. 

What's more, many residents who live near South Broad have commented that there haven't been any noticeable changes in parking availability in the area, even with temporary parking enforcement and all the extra people in town for the DNC.

But this shouldn't be surprising. The median only contains about 200 (illegal) parking spaces spread over 16 blocks, so of course nobody noticed a difference. The rest of South Philly's parking supply absorbed the demand pretty easily.

Mayor Kenney has a rare opportunity to build on this momentum and kick off a new initiative with PHS and other design groups to beautify and further improve safety on the South Broad median with planters, greenery, and more generous pedestrian space as part of his Vision Zero campaign. The Mural Arts median makeover for the DNC was a good start, but we know Broad Street's median can be even better, safer, and more welcoming, and not just during the occasional national event.

If a safer South Broad is good enough for the DNC delegates, shouldn't it be good enough for the average Philadelphian?

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  • signed 2017-05-03 01:00:55 -0400
    Please make south Broad Street safe for the people who live and work along it. This is so little to ask that the PPA and police simply enforce the law as they are supposed to.
  • followed this page 2017-04-21 19:57:50 -0400
  • signed 2017-04-20 09:39:07 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-21 07:21:20 -0400
    I never understood why south broad could park like this but once past city Hall northbound if someone were to do this in all likelihood their car would be towed or at the very least a hefty citation. Why is South Philly exempt from the basic traffic and parking laws?
  • signed 2017-02-13 09:46:00 -0500
  • signed 2016-10-26 11:48:04 -0400
  • signed 2016-09-23 14:55:03 -0400
  • signed 2016-09-07 20:06:13 -0400
  • signed 2016-09-01 12:58:31 -0400
    Congrats & continued success…ABOUT TIME!!!
  • signed 2016-08-30 23:46:44 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-29 13:41:32 -0400
    Let’s get rid of the cars on south Broad Street and plant trees and have a scenic median. It will be safer and pretty.
  • signed 2016-08-28 12:46:27 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-26 15:47:15 -0400
    Mr. Kenney,

    Tear down these cars!
  • signed 2016-08-26 14:49:23 -0400
    How can these folks use the excuse ’There’s no place to park’? Every other neighborhood has their own parking problems, Why is South Philly being treated extra specially? PPA, Enforce All the parking laws the same throughout the City, That’s your mandate. Don’t you think folks in Center City or Manayunk have problems finding a place to park? Ridiculous to have different standards for different parts of the City.
  • signed 2016-08-25 22:03:15 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-13 12:09:49 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-12 12:21:59 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-11 15:05:37 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-11 10:33:07 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-11 09:58:58 -0400
    Catherine Hofmann
  • signed 2016-08-10 19:53:02 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 17:27:49 -0400
    This practice is nonsense, the yunk and rox, has the same challenges parking and they don’t feel they are privileged
  • signed 2016-08-10 16:32:49 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-10 14:49:54 -0400
    Thank god someone is finally pushing to end this!!! Maybe next we can stop the median parking on Oregon avenue
  • signed 2016-08-10 13:24:47 -0400
    @phillymayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero
  • signed 2016-08-10 12:48:17 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 12:27:17 -0400
    I think enforcement of the existing parking laws for this stretch of road will have a positive impact on pedestrian, cyclist AND driver safety. It will also make the streets in that area more visually appealing to visitors driving in and could even make it easier for street cleaning – as there’s a frightening amount of trash and litter in this area.
  • signed 2016-08-10 12:15:57 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 11:16:29 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 10:52:55 -0400