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

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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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  • Barry Cutler
    signed via 2020-09-11 14:16:46 -0400
  • Fran Fulton
    signed via 2020-09-11 14:16:13 -0400
  • Maureen Clark
    signed via 2020-09-11 14:14:09 -0400
  • Felicia Lewis
    signed via 2020-09-11 14:10:23 -0400
  • janice jenkins
    signed via 2020-09-11 14:08:51 -0400
  • Katherine Gulick
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:58:29 -0400
  • Linus Graybill
    signed 2020-09-11 13:54:37 -0400
  • Marielle Lerner
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:50:25 -0400
  • Brenda council
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:29:46 -0400
  • Tom Lank
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:28:24 -0400
  • Loretta Kilby
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:25:17 -0400
  • Boris Dirnbach
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:19:24 -0400
  • Vandelyn Waring
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:18:47 -0400
    My family and I are new to the neighborhood and we often walk our toddler along the same stretch of road Avante died on. One day our child will be crossing it by herself and we’re fearful of her being struck by a vehicle. Us as parents don’t feel safe even crossing at a light. We demand a safer way to cross the street to continue to enjoy the park.
  • Anna Tangi
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:07:40 -0400
  • Carolyn Duffy
    signed via 2020-09-11 13:02:52 -0400
    In June – July there were 3 bicyclist deaths by motorist in the Philadelphia area. Many roads in Philadelphia are not safe and need traffic calming measures.
  • Daniel Safer
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:48:43 -0400
  • Gilda Grant
    signed 2020-09-11 12:47:30 -0400
    Please slow the traffic down!
  • Katherine Aid
    signed 2020-09-11 12:46:09 -0400
  • Danielle Le Clere
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:39:36 -0400
  • Gianna Rosati
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:38:44 -0400
  • Robert Carey
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:37:46 -0400
  • Jason Curtis
    @jasoncurtis0124 tweeted link to this page. 2020-09-11 12:34:09 -0400
    Petition PennDOT & Street Dept: We Need a Safer Cobbs Creek Parkway
  • Jason Curtis
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:33:56 -0400
  • Michele Trotter
    signed 2020-09-11 12:33:06 -0400
  • Susan Haidar
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:27:34 -0400
    Cobbs Creek Parkway is barring access to the Park by focusing solely on the needs of car traffic. I work at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center. It makes little sense that there is not a crosswalk at Catherine St, since it connects walkers to the trails at our Center and visitors to our Center. This tragedy did not need to happen! I have only worked at Cobbs for 1.5 years, but also saw a pedestrian’s dog hit at this same intersection last year. We hear from senior citizens that it is difficult to access the park. At Mt. Moriah Cemetery, you can not safely cross from one side to the other. We are grateful for the Clean Air Council for starting this petition. There is much work to be done to create needed, safe access to the Park.

    We also need cameras to catch illegal dumping.
  • Jocelyn Geter
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:19:06 -0400
  • Will Fraser
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:16:52 -0400
  • Joseph Ferry
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:16:29 -0400
  • John Johnson
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:11:08 -0400
  • Mary Allen
    signed via 2020-09-11 12:03:22 -0400