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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  • signed 2017-08-26 07:29:48 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-31 19:58:45 -0400
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  • signed 2017-07-24 08:48:03 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-24 08:07:54 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-23 19:39:38 -0400
    Never understand why PPA and the city enforced this illegal activity.
  • signed via 2017-07-23 10:01:00 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-23 08:47:58 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-22 22:16:39 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-22 15:52:52 -0400
    The center of Broad Street should be landscaped, not reserved for parking.
  • signed 2017-07-22 07:56:32 -0400
  • 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 ,,
  • signed 2017-07-21 18:17:03 -0400
    michael Shambach
  • signed 2017-07-21 14:09:13 -0400
  • signed via 2017-07-21 10:29:04 -0400
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  • 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
  • signed 2017-07-21 07:29:42 -0400
  • signed 2017-07-20 22:12:16 -0400
    Yes! Thank you for pushing the city to enforce their own parking rules.
  • signed 2017-07-20 21:58:33 -0400
    It’s total nonsense and completely unsafe.
  • signed 2017-07-20 21:13:34 -0400
    PPA, police do your job and protect public safety.
  • 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
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  • signed 2016-09-01 12:58:31 -0400
    Congrats & continued success…ABOUT TIME!!!