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.

The median only contains about 200 (illegal) parking spaces spread over 16 blocks, in a neighborhood of about 40,000 residents, so there isn't a significant amount of parking at stake. Many of the current vehicles are rarely moved, and it's not uncommon to see many New Jersey plates from New Jersey commuters who use the median like a Park 'n Ride.

The Kenney administration should 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 showed what could be done, but it's time for local elected leaders to start thinking bigger about a South Broad Street that puts pedestrians first.

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  • Dario Mescia
    signed 2018-10-02 12:07:14 -0400
    I was a resident of South Philly for 15 years and still have many friends in the area. I’ve wanted to see this happen the entire time I’ve lived there but the only way it would be possible if if can unilaterally be enacted with some sort of incentive to get rid of your car. There are too many people in South Philly that live like suburbanites. Most families have multiple cars, don’t use public transportation, etc. There need to be incentives for people to ditch the second car or even both or penalties for not taking advantage of the systems in place if you are able to. I would love to see both of these things happen in South Philly as it would make it a much better and safer place to live and raise a family.
  • Lavell Simpkins
    signed 2018-04-23 15:04:00 -0400
    Lavell Simpkins
  • Dustin Krautter
    signed 2018-03-01 13:53:22 -0500
  • Todd Lane
    signed 2018-02-27 13:55:57 -0500
  • Michael Warrington
    signed 2017-08-26 07:29:48 -0400
  • Michael Gross
    signed 2017-07-31 19:58:45 -0400
  • Meredith Stone
    signed 2017-07-26 16:25:28 -0400
  • Dave Munson
    signed 2017-07-24 08:48:03 -0400
  • Steven Augello
    signed 2017-07-24 08:07:54 -0400
  • John Kwon
    signed 2017-07-23 19:39:38 -0400
    Never understand why PPA and the city enforced this illegal activity.
  • Adam Mussell
    signed via 2017-07-23 10:01:00 -0400
  • Devin Johnson
    signed 2017-07-23 08:47:58 -0400
  • Katrina Johnson
    signed 2017-07-22 22:16:39 -0400
  • James Loveman
    signed 2017-07-22 15:52:52 -0400
    The center of Broad Street should be landscaped, not reserved for parking.
  • Mitch Chanin
    signed 2017-07-22 07:56:32 -0400
  • marie burlison
    signed 2017-07-21 21:02:36 -0400
    There is clearly not enough parking spaces in south Phila for the people that live in the area, drive around after 9pm and you will not find one space for blocks ,, this is just a way ,for the DNC to write more tickets ,,
  • Michael Shambach
    signed 2017-07-21 18:17:03 -0400
    michael Shambach
  • Jake Thompson
    signed 2017-07-21 14:09:13 -0400
  • Steven Zambrano Cascante
    signed via 2017-07-21 10:29:04 -0400
  • Jeremy Terr
    signed via 2017-07-21 09:07:23 -0400
  • Troy Sheets
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-21 07:35:08 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero
  • Troy Sheets
    signed 2017-07-21 07:29:42 -0400
  • Sara Sierschula
    signed 2017-07-20 22:12:16 -0400
    Yes! Thank you for pushing the city to enforce their own parking rules.
  • Chad Colby
    signed 2017-07-20 21:58:33 -0400
    It’s total nonsense and completely unsafe.
  • Robert Baldry
    signed 2017-07-20 21:13:34 -0400
    PPA, police do your job and protect public safety.
  • Sean Svadlenak
    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.
  • Jake Liefer
    followed this page 2017-04-21 19:57:50 -0400
  • Kimberly Wadsworth
    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?
  • eddie watkins
    signed 2017-02-13 09:46:00 -0500
  • Kyle Martin
    signed 2016-10-26 11:48:04 -0400