Newsletter: 🤝 September Meetup / 👟 Feet First Mini-Grant / 🚲 Washington Square West Bike Day

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 245


September 14, 2023 at 6:00pm – 8pm

Join 5th Square organizers and volunteers for an informal, in-person meet-up over at the PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk! We will be welcoming folks from SEPTA who will update us on the new Wissahickon Transportation Center.


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.


Feet First Philly’s Public Space Enhancement Mini-grant program is in its fourth year this year. During its first three years, the program has funded 32 public space enhancement projects throughout Philadelphia. Feet First Philly seeks projects that improve walkability by making neighborhoods safer and easier to walk and roll in.

Applications are open now! If you have an idea for a project that could improve the accessibility of your community, you are encouraged to apply. This program is partially funded by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and grants range from $500 to $2000. 


Save the Date - Washington Square West Civic Association Bike Day, Khan Park, September 16th 10am-1pm!

Join the WSWCA and other organizations for a day that celebrates cycling. Stop by Kahn Park to meet and talk with representatives from Vision Zero, Indego, the City Planning Commission, The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Philly Bike Action. There will also be opportunities to clan your bike, crafts for kids, and a kid's bike parade!


SEPTA will conduct public hearings regarding changes to the bus network as part of SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution, the authority's first comprehensive redesign of its entire bus network. The first hearing is TONIGHT at SEPTA HQ - 1234 Market St (Mezzanine Level) on Tuesday, September 12th, starting at 5 PM. Click here for the upcoming hearings schedule.

Individuals may also submit comments via email to [email protected] or by filling out the testimony form available at

Want to provide testimony over the telephone?
Please leave a message at 617-279-0932

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SEPTA - Public Hearings Related to the Bus Revolution Network Changes
Various times and Locations
Members of the public may attend hearings in-person or join a virtual hearing. These hearings will take place at locations throughout the SEPTA service area during the month of September 2023. All locations will be ADA accessible and along an existing SEPTA bus route.

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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