Newsletter: ⛰️ Ben Franklin Pkwy Redesign Pop-up / 🤝 September Meetup: Manayunk / 🎫 SEPTA Contactless Payment Pilot

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 243


JOIN US! For a conversation with the Ben Franklin Parkway redesign team at the Oval Pop-Up Festival, this Sunday at noon!


Philly Parks and Rec is conducting another round of public engagement on plans to revamp the Ben Franklin Parkway. 


September 14, 2023 at 6:00pm – 8pmJoin 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk!

These meet-ups are casual social gatherings, and are intended as a fun way for new and existing supporters to connect with other people involved with 5th Square and urbanist issues in Philadelphia.

5th Square in the News
🎫 SEPTA Contactless Payment Pilot

BillyPenn's Asha Prihar wrote last week about the SEPTA Contactless Payment Pilot Program. This program will allow ApplePay and GooglePay users to register their virtual card for payment of SEPTA fare on the bus, the trolley, and the subway. Pirhat writes "It’s not clear when this will be available to the general public — but you can apply to test it out now."

To apply for the contactless fare pilot, CLICK HERE!

Article cites our co-chair, Dena Driscoll

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Philly Naked Bike Ride 2023
August 26. Starting location will be announced 24 hours prior on the PNB Social Media. The pre ride/ body paint will open at 2 pm. Please try to arrive early if you wish to decorate your bod. Body paint will shut down promptly at 4:30 pm, and we roll at 5 pm.

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - Annual Gala and Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 5:30 to 9:00pm, at The Ridgeland Mansion in West Fairmount Park
It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss — an elegant evening of cocktails, three course plated dinner, award ceremony, and silent & live auctions featuring unique cycling opportunities, bikes, gear, and surprises!

Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2023
September 30 & October 1, 2023, Cherry Hill, NJ
Bike MS: City to Shore Ride was just named one of USA TODAY’s 10 best road cycling events for 2023! Find out why and cycle through the beautiful back roads and flat terrain of South Jersey along with a community of riders dedicated to changing the world for people with MS.







National Association of City Transportation Officials
The Transportation Justice Fellowship is designed to support US-based early- and mid-career professionals who are embedding mobility justice in transportation agencies and beyond.

Vacant and Abandoned Properties Dashboard
This dashboard helps community organizations in Philadelphia prioritize vacant and abandoned properties for anti-gun violence interventions.

  • Front end engineer w/mapping experience (React JS)
  • Python data engineer

StreetBoxPHL - Right Of Way Roundtable
Are you a BID manager, RCO Board Member, or are you the one on your block who organizes block clean ups, block parties, or other gatherings in the street? Join 
StreetBoxPHL for the Right Of Way Roundtable (ROW Roundtable) a monthly on-line meeting this Fall 2023. If you take care of public spaces in city streets, or want to learn how to build them, sign up here.

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