Newsletter: 🚇 Free Transfer & Free Child Fares on SEPTA starting TODAY | ⭐ New Member Offer ⭐ FREE T-Shirt! 👕| 🔭 Visioning our Region's Future

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 118


We are thrilled to kick-off a limited-time membership drive today.

Become a member for as little as $5-a-month and get a FREE 5th Square Gold T-Shirt with FREE delivery.

We are close to reaching a milestone of 200 contributing members and want to get there before the summer ends. Join us today and help us reach this goal for a better, more sustainable Philadelphia!


This is in celebration of our recent big wins in transit with today being the first day that children can ride FREE & you can transfer for FREE on SEPTA. (We love free stuff)

This is our first ever new member promotion and it will only last as long as we have the supply. Claim your FREE Shirt Today!

👕 Shirts are also available to non-members for $20 plus shipping.




The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is seeking input on shaping their vision for our region's future.  We figured our readers would have phenomenal ideas for what our future should look like!

See for yourself, the survey is very quick (5 mins) and makes you eligible for a gift card to a local restaurant.

Some of the goal options we love are:

  • Build livable communities where it safe and easy to walk, bike, and take transit for most daily activities
  • Modernize and expand regional public transit service and networks
  • Achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating transportation fatalities and major injuries

Read more about DVRPC's Connections 2050 here.



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



Great news! SEPTA's board has approved the fare restructuring plan and STARTING TODAY, children under 12 can ride SEPTA for free & riders can make a free transfer in the system.

Both have been long-running campaigns by us to get SEPTA to consider equity and rider convenience in its fare tariff. We are so proud of its passage and quick implementation, the time has never been more right for this much needed change.

Our comments to SEPTA has garnered news coverage with Metro Philadelphia quoting our last newsletter, The Inquirer summarizing our SEPTA Board comments, and WHYY's PlanPhilly sharing our tweet lauding this approval as a victory.

KYW Newsradio also quoted 5th Square's Ben She's comment to the Board, "The elimination of the fares for children under 12, and expanding the free transfer to two hours are major advances that show SEPTA is listening.”



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.

City of Philadelphia | Submit Your Thoughts on the Future of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Marconi Plaza

Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is in the midst of a broad reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Part of that reckoning is putting a spotlight on what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces.






The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia | 2019 Bike PHL Facts, Exploring Fall 2019 Bike Count Data

ProPublica | Walking While Black

Fox Business | For small businesses to survive outdoors, parking laws must change

Reuters US | Car crashes deadlier as drivers speed during lockdowns




Curb Usage | The Curb Lane: Call for Papers

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.



Ian Smith Design Group LLC | Architect/Designer II

Transit | Partner Communications

The Barnes Foundation | Director of Marketing and Social Media

Broad Street Ministry | Covid-19 Prevention Site Residential Tech

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) | Director of Policy

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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