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 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
  • 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.