Newsletter: SEPTA Fare Wins! 👩‍👧‍👧 Children Ride Free 🔀 More Time for Free Transfer / ⚠️ Henry Ave Cyclist Tragedy / 🌆 Council Passes Pandemic Emergency Protection

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 117


After an extended advocacy period for SEPTA's new fare structure - set to kick in NEXT WEEK - we got news from a SEPTA board committee meeting that the agency is proposing the following changes in the 11th hour:

🧒 Free Rides for Children under 12
🔀 One Free Transfer, now valid for two hours

We at 5th Square are thrilled to see these changes that take some big steps in the direction of our Fair Fares platform which we've been promoting for the current fare negotiations. It's a huge win for our years-old One City / One Fare Campaign for free transfers and our two-year-old push for free child fares.

This is a major step for SEPTA and for our entire region as we move towards a more equitable and sustainable future. This eases the burden for families who rely on transit and for riders who rely on transferring to get around our city -- many of whom are shown to come from areas of deep poverty.


We expect SEPTA to finalize these changes at Thursday's Board meeting.

Next time your child rides free on the bus, subway or trolley, or you make a free transfer, think of 5th Square and our hard-working all-volunteer team!

👉 This would not have been possible without your help! 👈

We thank all the volunteers who signed our fare platform, made calls, sent emails, gave testimony, and spoke about these issues with their elected officials. We also thank our dedicated Transit committee who organized our response and ensured our message came across loud and clear.

As an entirely volunteer organization, this is a next-level win for us, and it was made possible through your financial support.


Join 5th Square today as a member and sign up to get involved with our Transit Committee to keep the momentum going.

You can also support our work by making a one-time donation.



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A cyclist was tragically killed at the intersection of Henry Avenue and Hermit Lane in the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.


Henry Avenue has long been dangerous for all road users -- we need your help to advocate to make this road safer.

PennDOT is taking comments on its proposal for a Henry Avenue project. 

We believe everyone reading this should comment on the project’s page now. Comments are due by 5PM on Monday June, 29th.

Changes we'd like to see on this stretch are:

  • A lower speed limit
  • Speed cameras
  • Road diet
  • Protected bike lanes
  • Pedestrian refuges

Read the Bicycle Coalition's recent post for more info.



Do you live near Washington Ave or use it often? You about a week left to fill out a quick survey to improve Washington Ave for pedestrians and cyclists.
We need supporters of a safer Washington Ave to take this survey in big numbers
. We much prefer the 3-Lane option over the 4-Lane and Mixed-Lane options.

We also recommend safety supporters ask OTIS in the survey to put safety for pedestrians before fast vehicle movement at the intersection of Broad and Washington.

Read more about the project on OTIS's Complete Streets page, or watch these short videos



We are proud to support the Emergency Housing Protection Act, and are thrilled to see the unanimous passage of five of its bills in City Council extending the eviction moratorium, waiving rent fees, and creating an eviction diversion program.

This package of bills was spearheaded by all three of our endorsed candidates for council in the last election cycle: Councilmembers Brooks, Gauthier, and Gym.

As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our city and its residents, this legislation will help avoid a massive wave of evictions. 5th Square believes that housing is a human right and we need to protect the most vulnerable renters from homelessness while also taking steps to ensure landlords get paid.


Protesters gathered last weekend at Markward Playground in Center City to deliver a message to the City: Rename Taney Street. Taney Street is named after Roger B. Taney, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and the primary author of the Dred Scott decision, considered by many to be the worst decision in the history of the Court. 

5th Square is partnering with Fitler Square Neighbors to promote the petition to Rename Taney Street throughout Philadelphia.

Rename Taney Facebook page


Tuesday, June 23rd, 5:30 PM
BCGP | Memorial Ride for Samuel Ozer

Philadelphia’s bicycling community learned the tragic news that Samuel Ozer had passed away on Sunday, June 21st. Though just 17, Sam left a strong legacy and will be remembered as the “outstanding young man he had become” by his cycling coach Anne Rock, his friends, work colleagues, and family. There will be a ride in Sam’s honor starting at Cadence, 4323 Main St.

Thursday, June 25th, 5:30 PM
DRWC | Virtual Graffiti Pier Design Update

Hear from Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) staff and members of Studio Zewde's design team about their ideas for park design concepts, ask questions and give feedback on what you see!



Univ. of Penn | Examining Influences on the Work Commute Mode Choices of Essential Workers in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

You are invited to take part in a research survey examining influences on work commute mode choice in Philadelphia being conducted by the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

DVRPC | Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Comment

DVRPC's Draft TIP for Pennsylvania represents the region's federally funded transportation improvement priorities and is required by federal law in order for the region to receive and spend federal transportation funds. DVRPC invites you to review and comment on the Draft FY2021 TIP for the DVRPC PA counties. The public comment period will end at 5:00 PM local time on Monday, June 29, 2020.

OTIS | Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Survey

The City of Philadelphia would like to welcome you to participate in our Digital Public Engagement for the Philadelphia Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Please fill out this 5-minute survey if you live, work, or own a business in Philadelphia. Your feedback will inform the Action Plan that will help create safer streets and save the lives of people who walk.

Columbia Journalism Investigations | Pennsylvania Primary Tracking

This will be an election like no other and we want to be sure your vote counts.

Between the logistical hurdles of an expanded mail-in vote, protests that have turned violent and a global pandemic lurking, casting a vote has likely never been more difficult, complicated or, frankly, scary. The potential for problems in this election are tremendous, and this survey wants to know what your experience has been.

This survey is being conducted by Columbia Journalism Investigations, an investigative-reporting unit at the Columbia Journalism School, reporters from the USA Today Network in Pennsylvania and PBS Frontline.

OTIS | Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project

The City of Philadelphia is repaving Washington Avenue in 2021. Repaving is an opportunity to change the roadway and make it safer for people walking, driving, riding transit, and biking. Take a moment to learn and provide feedback about the Washington Avenue repaving and improvement project.






The Philadelphia Inquirer | As commuters weigh options, Lyft adds transit directions for Philly users

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philly proposes $43 million Schuylkill trail extension to include bridge with scenic overlook

WHYY | Philly tests law enforcement without guns

Grid Magazine | 22nd Street is Finally Getting a Protected Bike Lane

Courier-Post | Camden County officials seek public input on 33-mile trail system

the Guardian | The US’s jaywalking laws target people of colour. They should be abolished




Call for methodological and empirical works and scientifically based transportation research and pilot studies that can inform the academic community and practitioners on current curb usage behaviors and the future of curb space management, including COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. 
A fellowship and micro-grant program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public space, mobility, and civic engagement. (Due 7/12)

New Guidelines for Outdoor Dining - Restaurants that have patio areas on their properties or already have sidewalk café licenses will be able to offer outdoor seating starting Friday, June 12. Businesses without existing permits, and those who wish to expand their existing outdoor dining footprint, are encouraged to apply for our new outdoor dining options. Registration and approval is required for new or expanded outdoor dining prior to opening.



Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP. | Marketing Communications Coordinator

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management | Emergency Management Liaison Officer

New Kensington Community Development Corporation | Executive Director

Clean Air Council | Transportation Outreach Coordinator

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, at Temple University | Director of Communications

Wash Cycle Laundry | Delivery Route Manager - Cyclist

Community Design Collaborative | Executive Director

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation | State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) for young adults ages 19-24

WHYY PlanPhilly | Reporter

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania | AmeriCorps VISTA Housing Capacity team members

Share Food Program | Executive AssistantWarehouse ManagerDirector of Communications and External RelationsDirector of FinanceChief Operations Officer

PolicyMap | Data Analyst

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is hiring contact tracers to track and contain cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.

Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) | Business Development Manager


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