Newsletter: Check your mailbox 📬 and mark your calendars for 10/29! 🚇

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 203


Just like pumpkin spice and Halloween candy, midterm election season has descended upon us. It's time to get out your favorite sweater and No. 2 pencil and mark those mail-in ballots.

If you previously signed up for a mail ballot, you should have received both the ballot and an email confirmation from [email protected]. You can either mail it off or take it to a drop box. If you didn't get a mail-in ballot, you can apply online or via mail up until November 1st. The state voter information website has more details about mail-in ballots. Remember to put your ballot in the privacy sleeve before putting it into the envelope.

A diagram that shows you how to seal your mail in ballot. Put the ballot in the secrecy envelope, seal it, then put it in the larger envelope. Sign the bottom, then mail it off or take it to a drop box.

Not registered yet? The last day for registration is October 24th. You can register online or mail in a paper registration. If you're new to the area and don't have a Pennsylvania state ID, it's better to use the paper registration form as soon as you can. If you'd rather vote in person, the election is November 8th. Polls are open from 7am - 8pm at various locations around the city.

Not sure who is on the ballot? The Philadelphia Citizen has a voter guide covering the state, City Council elections, and ballot questions. Billy Penn has a rundown of all the candidates, including the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representative elections. You may see Joe Hohenstein or Elizabeth Fiedler on your ballot, who we endorsed in the primaries.

The big contested race is the City Council elections. Since several Councilmembers have left Council to run for the mayoral race, there are several vacancies to fill. 5th Square co-chair Jon Geeting wrote about more specific details in his new piece in The Philadelphia Citizen. It talks about the candidates for the two separate At-Large elections and where they fit in politically. He gets to the details for the Democrat and Republican candidates. Read more here.


Did you miss the first Roosevelt Boulevard event, or did you have some strong feelings about the last event? There's another one scheduled for the end of the month on October 29th at 9am at Philadelphia Protestant Home (6401 Martins Mill Rd). Hosting the event is State Representative Jared Solomon, who will be joined by representatives from SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and PennDOT. We believe this could be a change in the right direction for the city, one that seems to have support from people of all ages and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity for you to voice your opinions about the project. You are required to wear a mask for this event.



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The Neighborhood Slow Zone application is now available. You can email [email protected] or 215-436-9886 to check your eligibility or ask them questions. We're also happy to help! Email us and we can connect you with other folks in your community and folks that have been through the process before. You can also come to our meetups and talk through your ideas with everyone!

Once you've gathered all the supporting documentation as outlined in the application, you can apply by email, postal mail, or online.

📧 Email: Scan and attach all required materials as PDF files in an email sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Neighborhood Slow Zone Application”

📬 Mail: Mail all required materials to:
ATTN: Office of Complete Streets
c/o Vision Zero – Neighborhood Slow Zones
1401 JFK Blvd.
Suite 780
Philadelphia, PA 19102

🖥 Online:


Pennypack Park Cleanup

Saturday, October 22nd at 9:30am
Pennypack Park, Ryan Ave entrance

Councilmember Mike Driscoll and State Rep. Joe Hohenstein are hosting a cleanup event. All ages are welcome. All supplies will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering please call 215.686.3444 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

DAG Spring Garden Connector Project

Thu, October 27, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Join DAG and representatives to discuss the project history, design best practices, funding, and future actions.




Wednesday Night Rides is looking for volunteers to help plan routes, assist with the rides, or any other input. If you enjoyed past rides, this is a good way to get involved.

BCGP’s 2022 Bicycle Counts - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for volunteers interested in helping us with this process between September 6 and October 28. Bike counts happen on weekday mornings and evening from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and from 4:30 – 6:00 PM, weather permitting. Sign up today!


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