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 2016-08-10 09:53:16 -0400
    It’s extremely dangerous driving down Broad Street with cars illegally parked in the median. Cars turning can’t see because of the illegal median parking. Not to mention the fact that the PPA is ticket happy if the meter is so much as 1 second expired, but can’t be bothered to enforce the illegal median parking. Why are the parking laws not evenly enforced?
  • signed 2016-08-10 09:46:14 -0400
    It’s not safe to have those cars parked in the middle of Broad Sf. Also selective enforcement by police is unacceptable. On North Broad St people. Ant park in the middle of the street. Same rules should apply to South Broad St.
  • @peterjjohnson tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-10 09:14:52 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=459481
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-10 08:17:05 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero
  • @ToddPSchwartz tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-10 08:17:02 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=459477
  • signed 2016-08-10 08:16:19 -0400
    As an urbanist and President of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, I am concerned about the arbitrary enforcement of our parking regulations and the impact it has on our pedestrian and multi-modal infrastructure.
  • signed 2016-08-10 08:09:10 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 08:07:30 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-10 06:31:53 -0400
    Maybe look into making it into the largest bike only lane? Or a bus lane that goes straight up/down south Philly? By taking away parking, there needs to be an alternative mode of transportation use.
  • signed 2016-08-09 21:19:54 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-09 15:46:18 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-08 19:07:04 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-05 22:19:00 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-05 13:16:00 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-04 14:09:27 -0400
    Safety First! This is Broad Street. Philadelphia’s main drag. Please consider the health and safety of ALL residents and visitors, not just the few old-school who live by their cars and not by their community.
  • signed via 2016-08-04 12:58:29 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-04 12:26:09 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero
  • signed via 2016-08-04 12:25:32 -0400
    Make South Philly safe! Tow illegally parked and abandoned cars. Re-evaluate all the empty business parking lots and get rid of the meters wasting spots.
  • signed 2016-08-04 09:15:37 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-04 07:09:15 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-04 00:48:01 -0400
    All of South Philly does this and it should be enforced all over.
  • signed via 2016-08-03 23:16:48 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-03 23:07:08 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-03 22:57:25 -0400
    I love this idea, and it was great to see the streets cleared during the DNC.
  • signed via 2016-08-03 22:42:05 -0400
  • @PHL_Amy tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-03 21:25:09 -0400
    .@PhillyMayor please enforce South Broad parking rules for a safer street via @5thsq #visionzero http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=428661
  • signed 2016-08-03 21:24:38 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-03 18:56:06 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-03 18:34:24 -0400
    It’s ugly.
  • signed 2016-08-03 17:20:51 -0400
    I think both pedestrians and drivers would be safer with no parking in the median on South Broad Street.