PennDOT & Streets Dept: We Need a Safer Cobbs Creek Parkway

For far too long Cobbs Creek Parkway has been a deadly thoroughfare weaving through the western edge of West and Southwest Philadelphia.

This must change today.

Sign the petition to join the Cobbs Creek Neighbors Association and 5th Square in demanding PennDOT & the Philadelphia Streets Department to immediately implement road safety measures so no more lives are lost.

Seeing the tragic deaths of pedestrian, Avante Reynolds, in August and two motorists in July, we demand immediate action to make this road safe for all its users. Reports from DVRPC and Philadelphia2035, along with years of advocacy from the community have called for real measures to lower vehicle speeds and increase its safety. This has fallen on deaf ears.

The fact that Cobbs Creek Parkway has been recently repaved without more aggressive measures to calm motor vehicle traffic and provide safe pedestrian crossings amounts to structural racism. These transportation policies have, in effect, prioritized the convenience of passing motorists over the lives of the predominantly Black residents who live near and walk across this dangerous roadway.

PennDOT & the Philadelphia Streets Department need to take robust engineering measures to make the entire length of Cobbs Creek Parkway safe for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike.

High-Priority Measures to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Other Measures to Improve Roadway Safety

Though engineering measures should be the ultimate solution, we also support automated enforcement measures like the speed cameras found on Roosevelt Blvd and also request the State Legislature to enact laws enabling this.

Join us in demanding immediate road safety measures on Cobbs Creek Parkway.


750 signatures

Will you sign?

This petition is supported by the following organizations / elected officials:

  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Clean Air Council
  • Cobbs Creek Neighbors Association
  • Fifth Square
  • Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • Philadelphia Register of Wills, Tracey Gordon
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  • Rose Paddison
    signed 2020-09-24 14:53:09 -0400
  • Halley Tarr
    signed 2020-09-23 19:31:50 -0400
  • Kenneth Smith
    signed via 2020-09-23 13:30:17 -0400
    I am signing as the President for the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery.
  • Lucia Schlossberg
    signed via 2020-09-22 11:30:02 -0400
  • Azaria Wassyihun
    signed 2020-09-21 14:34:04 -0400
  • Elias Tulu
    signed 2020-09-21 14:19:27 -0400
  • Hiruy Wassyihun
    signed 2020-09-21 13:52:04 -0400
  • Karen Guarino Spanton
    signed 2020-09-20 11:00:35 -0400
  • Sam Davis
    signed via 2020-09-18 22:33:51 -0400
  • Marilyn Maurer
    signed 2020-09-18 12:51:11 -0400
  • Roslyn Smith
    signed via 2020-09-18 12:28:34 -0400
  • Deborah Cate
    signed 2020-09-18 11:54:10 -0400
  • Paul Riermaier
    signed 2020-09-18 09:37:28 -0400
    Our infrastructure should reflect community needs and priorities. I want to prioritize safety, health, and the environment. Cobbs Creek Parkway should be reengineered to promote those values rather than the convenience and speed of dangerous drivers.
  • Kimberly Allen
    signed 2020-09-18 04:35:16 -0400
  • Mandy Smith
    signed 2020-09-17 21:41:36 -0400
  • Shirley Pickens
    signed 2020-09-17 20:05:57 -0400
  • Erica DePalma
    signed 2020-09-17 16:09:46 -0400
  • Nancy Geryk
    signed 2020-09-17 14:50:16 -0400
  • Emily Davis
    signed 2020-09-17 12:16:55 -0400
  • Roberta Camp
    signed 2020-09-17 11:55:00 -0400
  • Paul Henjes
    signed 2020-09-17 10:24:46 -0400
  • Marybeth Phillips
    signed 2020-09-17 10:16:42 -0400
    As someone who grew up on/near this road, I witnessed so very many serious accidents, I can’t even number them all. I’m thrilled people are working to make it safer for all!
  • Noah Lee
    signed 2020-09-17 09:54:00 -0400
  • Peter Bartholomew
    signed 2020-09-17 09:50:31 -0400
  • Claire Jaffe
    signed 2020-09-17 09:27:20 -0400
  • Robert Hedges-Goettl
    signed 2020-09-17 08:56:12 -0400
  • Jessica Jones
    signed 2020-09-17 08:54:44 -0400
  • Mark Gignac
    signed 2020-09-17 08:54:16 -0400
  • Jef Williford
    signed 2020-09-17 08:46:05 -0400
    I am greatful that some thing will change for pedestrians safety and bike safety along Cobb creek parkway and city bike lane that will improve the quality of life and safety and bring vehicle calming in that community. I recently spoken with the street dept with similar complaints to calm speedy and errant traffic at our intersection of our street and to finish line striping. No one has not been seriously injured, complaints has fallen on deaf ears with the street dept. Though they are responsible for the entire city normally they do a good job.
  • Tyler Charles
    signed 2020-09-17 08:42:11 -0400