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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  • Janet Taylor
    signed via 2020-09-10 22:50:14 -0400
  • Eric Peterson
    signed via 2020-09-10 22:36:12 -0400
  • Rachel Berger
    signed 2020-09-10 22:27:03 -0400
  • Andrew Thomas
    @velo_dev tweeted link to this page. 2020-09-10 22:24:53 -0400
    Petition PennDOT & Street Dept: We Need a Safer Cobbs Creek Parkway
  • Andrew Thomas
    signed via 2020-09-10 22:24:08 -0400
  • Joshua Kopin
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  • Nontokozo Mdluli
    signed 2020-09-10 22:22:09 -0400
  • Andrew Wheeler
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  • Jon Seidman
    signed 2020-09-10 22:19:06 -0400
  • Bernard Brown
    signed via 2020-09-10 22:06:37 -0400
  • Oumar Ba
    signed via 2020-09-10 21:52:52 -0400
  • Amara Briggs
    signed via 2020-09-10 21:48:21 -0400
  • Brady Hanes
    signed 2020-09-10 21:43:18 -0400
  • Lauren Martin
    signed 2020-09-10 21:34:40 -0400
  • Katie Horton
    signed 2020-09-10 21:29:24 -0400
    As a person who lives near and walks on the parkway, I can absolutely say that stronger measures must be taken to ensure that safety of both drivers and pedestrians. If this road were closer to Penn, it would have been done years ago. All city residents deserve safety and consideration.
  • Ronald P Kirkland
    signed via 2020-09-10 21:26:42 -0400
  • JoAnn Jones
    signed via 2020-09-10 21:19:28 -0400
  • Rosemary Savoia
    signed 2020-09-10 21:13:08 -0400
    I drive Cobbs Creek all the time horrified by the way other people whip around the curves way over the speed limit, rain or shine doesn’t matter despite the frequent flooding, people are reckless. I sometimes wander the park, which means I not only drive but I also walk along Cobbs Creek. Just look at the amount of structures along the road that are dented and in many cases completely demolished by constant car crashes. And now of course recent deaths, it’s unacceptable.
  • Danielle Samu-El
    signed via 2020-09-10 21:12:55 -0400
  • Celia Casuccio
    signed 2020-09-10 21:12:47 -0400
  • Richard Guffanti
    signed 2020-09-10 20:58:59 -0400
  • Rebecka Hess
    signed 2020-09-10 20:50:16 -0400
  • Jessica Byler
    signed 2020-09-10 20:44:31 -0400
    I love running in Cobbs Creek Park, but crossing the road to reach it has always been a problem. I fully support improving both pedestrian and roadway safety measures.
  • Mary Watts
    signed 2020-09-10 20:44:29 -0400
  • Rutta Admasu
    signed 2020-09-10 20:41:43 -0400
  • Angela Song
    signed 2020-09-10 20:39:18 -0400
  • Nick Zuwiala-Rogers
    signed via 2020-09-10 20:34:35 -0400
  • Christine Irving
    signed via 2020-09-10 20:33:37 -0400
    There should be more street lights added to Cobbs Creek PKWY especially nearest to 65th Street. There has been stick-up robberies, drug selling and cars broken into along that block. It’s just too dark… There should also be consistent police patrol on Cobbs Creek PKWY.
  • Lorraine McPherson
    signed 2020-09-10 20:12:29 -0400
    Some Cars race at 60-80 miles an hours between 59th and 60th Cobbs Creek Pkwy. Slow these cars down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kennan Cepa
    signed 2020-09-10 20:10:49 -0400