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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  • Michael Cunningham
    signed 2020-09-08 15:14:04 -0400
  • Julia Stone
    signed 2020-09-08 15:10:29 -0400
  • Michael McGettigan
    signed 2020-09-08 15:08:40 -0400
    This sort of careless, MOTORIST-CENTRIC design is all too typical of our dinosaur Streets Dept. engineers. This city would be in so much better of a place, if we designed for safety, for living, for people. It’s time to get rid of some of these old drive-everywhere engineers and make our neighborhoods livable for all.
  • Emily Kennedy
    signed 2020-09-08 14:59:30 -0400
  • Tim Peters
    signed 2020-09-08 14:59:22 -0400
  • Mark Morley
    signed 2020-09-08 14:57:59 -0400
  • Bruce Frausto
    signed 2020-09-08 14:56:55 -0400
  • Olivia Walling
    signed 2020-09-08 14:55:07 -0400
  • Megan Boyle
    signed 2020-09-08 14:54:55 -0400
  • Oliver Mellet
    signed 2020-09-08 14:53:24 -0400
  • Kellie Flanagan
    signed 2020-09-08 14:52:09 -0400
  • Thomas Halliwell
    signed 2020-09-08 14:51:42 -0400
    Safety improvements on Cobbs Creek Parkway are much needed and long overdue.
  • Christopher Cowden
    signed 2020-09-08 14:50:55 -0400
  • Sheldon Isaac
    signed 2020-09-08 14:47:01 -0400
  • Keith Britton
    signed 2020-09-08 14:46:55 -0400
  • Anne O'Brien
    signed 2020-09-08 14:45:57 -0400
  • Daniel Fooks
    signed 2020-09-08 14:40:30 -0400
  • Don Taylor
    signed 2020-09-08 14:29:17 -0400
  • Maryte Papadopoulos
    signed 2020-09-08 14:25:56 -0400
  • Alicia Maynard
    signed 2020-09-08 14:20:42 -0400
  • Lynn Wolf
    signed 2020-09-08 14:17:59 -0400
    It is so hard to cross with bikes to get to the Bike trail!
  • Charlie Neibel
    signed 2020-09-08 14:15:44 -0400
  • Jessica Frye
    signed 2020-09-08 14:15:14 -0400
  • Patrick Bayer
    signed 2020-09-08 14:14:15 -0400
  • David Marley
    signed 2020-09-08 14:07:56 -0400
  • Jesse Smith
    signed 2020-09-08 14:05:39 -0400
  • Peter Kim
    signed 2020-09-08 14:05:02 -0400
  • Tracey Gordon
    signed 2020-09-08 13:56:39 -0400
  • Daniel Paschall
    signed 2020-09-08 13:33:30 -0400
    The existing design of Cobbs Creek Parkway encourages speeding and reckless driving that acts as a major barrier, preventing local residents from safely accessing Cobbs Creek Park, Creek, and Trail, including the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, all of which offer opportunities for physical and mental health benefits, access to recreation and nature, and spaces for community gathering and social connection.
  • Melanie Manily
    signed 2020-09-08 13:30:05 -0400