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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 225


Last Friday, SEPTA announced that they are pausing the 4-mile King of Prussia rail extension to its Norristown High Speed Line. The project was expected to cost more than $3 billion.

This comes on the heels of an Inquirer editorial and our latest SEPTA board testimony calling into question how the agency prioritizes capital projects internally.

Especially with much more worthy projects needing funding like Trolley Modernization, Market-Frankford Line Car Replacement, and, of course, the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway.

Here's a timeline of the now-dead project.


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We know that the Sixers arena proposal generates a lot of discussion (and disagreement!) but our mission is to advocate for accessible, sustainable, and equitable urbanism. -- Chinatown should be no exception.

Chinatown represents some of Philadelphia's best urbanism. We stand behind the effort to keep Chinatown vibrant and affordable. Take a look at our full statement.


The Bicycle Coalition's 2023 Vision Zero Conference is focusing on approaches to Vision Zero that help move toward an equitable future.

The day-long conference featuring speakers and panelists will be held in person at Temple University on Friday, March 31st from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

The conference will be followed at 4:00pm by the 2023 Better Mobility Mayoral Forum, where the Philadelphia mayoral candidates will have an opportunity to speak about their views on sustainable mobility and Vision Zero. Daniel Pearson, Inquirer Editorial Writer, will moderate the discussion.


A recent Inquirer op-ed advocates for increasing fines to discourage the dangerous parking practices endemic throughout our city.

Photo Credit: Matt Cohen

Walkers are forced to step off the sidewalk and into the street where cars, trucks, and cyclists are traveling. In a city that in 2017 committed to eliminating all traffic-related deaths by 2030, you’d expect pedestrian walkways and overall traffic safety to be a higher priority.

We could not agree more that illegal parking is dangerous and a scourge on our build environment! Want to know where Mayor and Council candidates stand on this issue? Check out their questionnaire responses!


Waking Up from Winter Pajama Party (Bike Ride)

Saturday, March 25th at 8pm
Rocky Steps (at the Art Museum)

The Green Living Plan underscores the connection between greening and environmental justice, and racial, health, and neighborhood equity.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM

2023 Code for Philly Launchpad - Creating Projects to Support Philadelphia

Multi-day in person event from March 31st to May 10th

The Launchpad is for anyone interested in supporting local "third places" or interested in participating in making positive change in Philadelphia in general. In our opening weekend, we'll be brainstorming ideas for projects on Friday 3/31 and forming project teams on Saturday 4/1. Advanced tech skills not required! We welcome newbies, career changers, and anyone with an interest in tech. More info here

CycleScenePHL: Welcome Planners

Broad and Cherry

Lower Merion Township Planner Chris Leswing, instrumental in the lighting of the Manayunk Bridge and a major force in developing the Cynwood Heritage Trail into what we know it as today, is inviting municipal planners from around the country to ride their bikes in Philadelphia and a little beyond. Let’s join them, show off our city, and celebrate our scene!

How will Philadelphia mayoral candidates prioritize climate change? Hear from candidates and ask questions in this forum.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tue, Apr 4, 2023 at 6:30 PM



Apply to Safe Routes Philly VISTA by Monday, April 3
Adult job-seekers: Do you want to fight injustice and poverty, and encourage active transportation? Apply to be an AmeriCorps Safe Routes Philly - Serve Philadelphia VISTA! You can help us to give teachers, parents, and caregivers the tools they need to get their students to and from school safely. You can also gain professional experience in City government and make a difference.

🚸 VISION ZERO AMBASSADOR - The City of Philadelphia is looking for ambassadors for the Vision Zero program, helping to spread awareness of the importance of traffic safety. It comes with a stipend of $1500, after completion of the program in September. Applications are due April 2nd. There's an in-person training session on April 15th.

Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants
Counties, municipalities and municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, nonprofits and other eligible organizations can apply now for state conservation, recreation, trail and related grants. Administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including Pennsylvania’s natural gas Impact Fee. Applications will be accepted through April 5. Online tutorials are available on YouTube to aid organizations in the application process.


Community Capacity Builders / Project Coordinator

Friends of the Rail Park (FRP) /

PACDC / Corridor Business Consultant

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance / Part Time Marketing and PR Coordinator

Urban Health Lab + @OppforHealthLab are HIRING a project manager -- University of Pennsylvania / Manager, Research Project B (Department of Emergency Medicine)

School District of Philadelphia / Various positions

ESS (for School District of Philadelphia / Substitute Teacher

City of Philadelphia /

Riverfront North Partnership / Field Partnership Coordinator

Office of Senator Nikil Saval / Constituent Services Representative

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Development Director

Guilded Freelancer Cooperative / Executive Director

BOLT (Build Our Lives Together) /

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