Mayor Kenney: Keep South Broad Safe, Enforce Parking Rules



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 2016-08-10 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
  • 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.
  • signed via 2016-08-03 14:18:49 -0400
    Turn the median into a cordoned-off bike lane. Never hurts to reward the people who are helping alleviate congestion and parking scarcity.
  • signed via 2016-08-03 13:22:38 -0400
    Extremely disappointed to hear the Mayor (the Mayor!) give a Philly Shrug when asked about this. I had thought we elected somebody who didn’t Philly Shrug. P
  • signed via 2016-08-03 12:57:25 -0400
    How is it fair for PPA to enforce parking rules without mercy across the city, while making a (dangerous) exception on south broad?
  • signed via 2016-08-03 11:39:51 -0400
  • signed via 2016-08-03 10:49:02 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-03 10:13:06 -0400
  • signed 2016-08-03 03:21:47 -0400
    Thanks for your leadership