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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  • Andrew Thompson
    signed via 2020-09-10 10:10:33 -0400
  • Fayge Hughes
    signed 2020-09-10 09:52:02 -0400
  • Maya McFarland
    signed via 2020-09-10 09:42:17 -0400
  • Susie Paige
    signed via 2020-09-10 09:11:23 -0400
  • Samara Heaggans
    signed via 2020-09-10 08:25:13 -0400
  • Ebony Collier
    signed via 2020-09-10 08:17:24 -0400
  • Ani Nick
    signed via 2020-09-10 08:12:52 -0400
  • Nicole Seahorn
    signed via 2020-09-10 08:07:07 -0400
  • Kristina Bolton
    signed via 2020-09-10 07:57:02 -0400
  • Keaton Daley
    signed 2020-09-10 07:50:53 -0400
  • Rolanda Turner
    signed via 2020-09-10 07:15:14 -0400
  • Viren Patel
    signed via 2020-09-10 07:11:09 -0400
  • Kia Albright
    signed 2020-09-10 05:58:46 -0400
    It’s overdue. Let get it done before more lives are taken
  • LaVerne Mooty
    signed 2020-09-10 04:25:03 -0400
  • Carl Gershenson
    signed 2020-09-09 23:35:58 -0400
  • Ken Massey
    signed via 2020-09-09 23:18:35 -0400
  • Christopher Aho
    signed via 2020-09-09 22:32:56 -0400
    Please make permanent changes that increase safety and pedestrian access to the Cobbs Creek trail. Plastic bollards, new striping, and stop signs that need active enforcement are all nice ideas for the first year but they quickly fall into disrepair. We need concrete bulb-outs, steel or concrete bollards to protect pedestrians and keep cars where they should be, and brick or tinted asphalt crosswalks that won’t wear away and become ghost crosswalks after a year or two of poor maintenance. Make the road narrower to slow cars down and use the extra space for bollards or better turn lanes. Get rid of the slip lanes or make the turns tighter so that cars can’t whip through them at 25 MPH.

    The cars that cross or park on the trail at the Police / Cobbs Creek Recreation Center have got to go. It prioritizes the trail for autos, not pedestrians and cyclists. Put in a bigger parking lot at the skate house if there isn’t enough parking but cars should not be driving and parking directly on the trail.

    Move the trail about 30 feet to the west at Catharine so that autos coming off the parkway have a place to stop and let pedestrians and cyclists cross. It will also make the pedestrian cross narrower. Use desire pathing with fair curves so pedestrians don’t feel like they are walking out of their way to use the new crosswalk.

    Put in a bypass trail at Market so that pedestrians and cyclists can continue on the trail and cross under all of the traffic on Market. Make it a trail along the creek that goes under the bridge or dig a tunnel. Work with DelCo to make the project happen.

    In general, the trail needs to be moved away from parkway wherever it can be. It’s dangerous and unpleasant walking so close to the road. Separate the trail from the road with more trees between them which can act like bollards in addition to all the other benefits of trees.

    Use smart signalling for intersections so that approaching pedestrians and cyclists are automatically sensed and given the right of way when it’s available. Do everything possible to incentivize use by pedestrians and cyclists.

    Put in secure bike parking at 63rd street station so that cyclists can easily lock up their bikes before getting on the MFL.

    Build a wider rail bridge between Chester and Upland that allows the trail to continue south to the John Heinz Wildlife refuge.

    Thank you for reading, I realize most of this is outside of the scope of the project but I think all of these ideas would contribute to making this part of the city a better place to live.
  • Nina Isaacson
    signed via 2020-09-09 22:23:11 -0400
  • Dan Whaland
    signed 2020-09-09 21:54:55 -0400
  • Patrick Brown
    signed 2020-09-09 21:49:45 -0400
  • Alexandra Vrazo
    signed 2020-09-09 21:43:00 -0400
  • Suet Lim
    signed 2020-09-09 21:31:25 -0400
  • Jeffrey Isaacson
    signed 2020-09-09 21:28:11 -0400
    I live close to the parkway and often run on the greenway, it is crazy trying to cross!
  • Naomi Fiordimondo
    signed 2020-09-09 20:46:28 -0400
  • Shannon Connell-Robichaud
    signed 2020-09-09 20:32:01 -0400
  • Teresa Kesterke
    signed 2020-09-09 20:16:01 -0400
  • Jen Moore
    signed 2020-09-09 20:10:23 -0400
  • Adam Byrd
    signed 2020-09-09 20:02:46 -0400
    Toom much racing going on Cobb’s Creek PKWY children cross this street everyday to go to the park and there has been many accidents and deaths. We need a stoplight at Catharine Street and speed bumps down towards Ellsworth Street
  • Peter Furcht
    signed 2020-09-09 19:42:56 -0400
  • Alex Szeliga
    signed 2020-09-09 19:07:58 -0400