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

Update 10/19/20: New Safety Improvements Coming to 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
  • PennFuture
  • Philadelphia Register of Wills, Tracey Gordon
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  • Clover Hines
    signed via 2021-06-12 19:06:02 -0400
  • Maya Heiland
    signed 2021-05-22 21:36:45 -0400
  • Sharon Hillman
    signed 2021-04-14 20:54:41 -0400
    Cobbs Creek Park is a beautiful green space located on the outermost west edge of Philadelphia county. It’s a wonderful, convenient reprise for residents of the neighborhoods of Cobbs Creek, Kingsessing, Angora, Haddington, and Overbrook—as well as for residents who travel there from farther away. Unfortunately, Cobbs Creek Parkway, which runs adjacent to the park, is treated by drivers as if it’s a highway with no rules. This makes the park significantly less accessible. I can personally attest that it’s a dangerous thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists. There is no reason for people to be driving recklessly within a residential neighborhood and unfortunately this is an area of high traffic fatalities. The city NEEDS to regulate the parkway by adding speed cushions, more traffic lights, and stop signs. Peoples’ lives are at stake here.
  • Maria Tabbut
    signed 2021-02-15 07:45:17 -0500
  • Nineka Downing
    signed 2020-12-29 02:31:16 -0500
  • Dwaine Hanton
    signed 2020-12-08 07:13:07 -0500
  • Maureen Johnson
    signed via 2020-11-06 13:16:06 -0500
  • Stacey Smith-Boyd
    signed via 2020-11-06 12:26:20 -0500
  • Marc Cowans
    signed 2020-10-22 08:04:04 -0400
    I’m frequently in Philly and everyone deserves the ability to walk, bike, or drive in a safe environment. A “free for all” environment on the road is dangerous
  • Jeff Willifoj
    signed 2020-10-20 12:07:47 -0400
    Fantastic, grateful for this announcement and all the advocacy that are taking place on the dialog that help impact the Lives of Philadelphians. We are glad and encouraged that nothing is vain. I personally like to thank 5th square and its constituents who work tirelessly to address the issue that most impact us all. Thanks to pendot and the street dept for supporting the CCCE for cobb creek community alongside the city council member who contributes their time and concern for safety for quality of life with in our city.
  • Ben Safran
    signed 2020-10-14 18:42:15 -0400
  • Jared Cohen
    signed 2020-10-08 20:49:35 -0400
  • Derrion Watts
    signed 2020-09-29 17:59:51 -0400
  • Ray Gerhart
    signed 2020-09-29 14:50:04 -0400
  • Julia Albertson
    signed 2020-09-29 11:42:13 -0400
  • Lyn Hedrick
    signed 2020-09-29 10:27:45 -0400
  • matthew feldman
    signed 2020-09-29 09:08:39 -0400
  • Rose Corrigan
    signed 2020-09-28 18:14:32 -0400
  • Nicholas Baker
    signed 2020-09-28 12:44:34 -0400
  • Jennifer Lande
    signed 2020-09-26 21:40:39 -0400
  • Tamara Peace
    signed 2020-09-26 01:39:05 -0400
  • Sharon Wright
    signed via 2020-09-25 20:24:58 -0400
  • Fay Wright
    signed via 2020-09-25 15:38:43 -0400
    Pedestrian and cyclists need to be protected from drivers who speed or are reckless. Please consider making changes on this roadway.
  • Rose Paddison
    signed 2020-09-24 14:53:09 -0400
  • Hal 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