In 2015, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney campaigned on safety improvements for pedestrians around construction sites as well as limitations on the use of these often excessive sidewalk closures that put people in danger. We're organizing support for a bill in City Council that would help fulfill this promise by promoting more protected walkways on streets bordering construction sites. The catalyst for this bill is none other than Council's newest "sidewalk animal," 5th Square endorsee Helen Gym.
The bill, which was introduced by Councilmembers Helen Gym, Mark Squilla, Derek Green, Allan Domb, and Jannie Blackwell, would address safety at sites like the one near The Gallery that Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron wrote about recently.
This bill is a positive first step in what we hope will be a raft of pro-pedestrian Vision Zero legislation from City Council this year, including daylighting more corners and crosswalks, increasing enforcement against illegal parking, creating more mid-block crossings, and fast-tracking redesigns of notorious intersections.
Sign and share this petition asking City Council to pass Bill No. 161108 if you believe pedestrian safety should come first. Let's show Council and the Mayor Kenney how much support there is for common sense policies that promote safer streets for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable users.