5TH SQUARE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Harrisburg's six Vision Zero bills, Lime Bike hiring in Philly, Kenney transpo plan release date

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QUICK ACTION

There are six bills in the state legislature this Fall that would make our streets safer, and we need to make sure the Philadelphia delegation votes YES on all six. These include automated speed enforcement on Roosevelt Boulevard, a bill authorizing PennDOT to install parking-protected bike lanes; and legalization of radar for local law enforcement to catch speeders. Pennsylvania is the only state that does not allow the use of LIDAR by local police. Use the Bicycle Coalition's web tool to send a personalized message to your state lawmakers asking them to vote YES on all six bills. 


EVENTS

Tuesday, September 18, 5:30 pm
Litter? Not in Philly Meetup and Ambassador Training
Not in Philly is a citizen-driven tech platform that empowers residents to clean their block on their own schedule. It’s the first and only map-based platform for easy street adoption. Since it launched in 2016, over 1,300 Philadelphians from Moyamensing to Brewerytown have signed up for the efficient, low-cost solution that combines the efforts of volunteers to make a huge impact.

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:30 pm
5th Square Marketing + Organizing Committee Meeting
This week we're hosting a joint meeting of our Marketing and Organizing committees focused on digital organizing and the 2019 elections. Most of the meeting will be devoted to getting volunteers trained on the digital organizing platforms we use for email, web publishing, and supporter mobilization. If you're interested in getting involved in our 2019 campaign work, this will be a good one to attend.

Friday, September 21, 5:30 pm
Park(ing) Day 2018 After Party
Park(ing) Day, the international annual public space celebration, is coming up this Friday. Dozens of Philadelphia organizations and residents will be converting street parking spaces into temporary public spaces for people. Check out the official Park(ing) Day map for a list of this year's parklets, and post photos of your favorites this Friday using the hashtag #PARKingDayPHL. Then, come to the Park(ing) Day After Party at Center for Architecture + Design.

Friday, September 21, 1:00pm-8:00 pm
A Dream Deferred PHL Exhibit: Redlining Past, Present, Future 
Important new exhibition on the racist history of housing policy in Philadelphia, and particularly the redlining policies that later gave way to zoning. "Using art, technology and media, A Dream Deferred tells the story of how race and policy shape the landscape of Philadelphia and the lives of its residents. The project contextualizes the issues of systemic racist practices - such as redlining - through a multi-experiential exhibit and explores what happens when people and cities are restricted from reaching their true potential."

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm
Philly YIMBY - September Meeting
Get involved with 5th Square's new Philly YIMBY initiative and help us change the politics of housing and zoning in Philadelphia. At our second meeting, we'll discuss some short-term and long-term committee goals for Philly YIMBY, set general guidelines and goals, and organize a few small teams to work on different organizing and advocacy projects. RSVP for the meeting or sign up to volunteer


MERCH

Get our limited run artist series t-shirt, featuring an original illustration by Kate Otte. 
Proceeds from sales will go to fund our 2019 political activities for City Council races. You can get a shirt at half price ($10 instead of $20) if you become a member, and sign up for a $5 recurring monthly donation

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NEWS
Crossing Guards are on the front lines of Vision Zero, writes 5th Square chair Dena Driscoll for the Inquirer, but there are a lot of vacancies to fill and some hiring obstacles to filling them. Driscoll recommends several ways to make life better for Crossing Guards, and also enlist them in achieving our Vision Zero safety goals. 


These intersections are the low-hanging fruit for fixing the High Injury Network of streets. 5th Square volunteers Aaron Bauman and Christopher Cramer mapped the "conventional intersections"—where traffic only stops in one direction—on the High Injury Network map created as part of Mayor Kenney's Vision Zero initiative. If you live near one of these and want to request an all-way stop sign, there are instructions linked in the post.

OTIS is releasing Connect, the Kenney administration's strategic transportation plan, on October 10th

Camden officials have an impressively stupid plan to turn Cooper Street downtown from a 2-lane street into a 4-lane stroad in the name of "reactivating" the street, reports Kevin Riordan

The family of Emily Fredericks, the young cyclist tragically killed by a Gold Medal truck earlier this year, has been working with the Bicycle Coalition to start a Philadelphia chapter of Families for Safe Streets.

Philadelphia is the only major U.S. city without a street sweeping program, writes Monica Zorrilla. 

The L.A. Metro will begin offering free transfers between transit and bike share in October, and Pittsburgh is already doing this.



OPPORTUNITIES
Lime Bike is hiring a Community Affairs Director for Philadelphia (!)

DVRPC is accepting Safe Routes to Transit applications. Here is the list of eligible stations.

Smith Memorial Playground is hiring an Executive Director

The Philadelphia Land Bank is hiring a Senior Development Specialist


Econsult is hiring for Junior and Senior Analyst positions

The GREEN Program is hiring a Sales Director



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