Newsletter: 🚋 Faster Trolleys and Buses / 🗳️ Election Next Tuesday / 🧥 New Blvd Subway Hoodies

Weekly Newsletter, Issue 252


Getting delayed on the bus or trolley from an illegally parked car is a frustrating experience that can make transit riders feel like second-class citizens.

Fortunately, a new law passed by City Council would equip SEPTA buses and trolleys with cameras for automated enforcement against illegal parking in bus lanes, on trolley tracks, and blocking bus stops.

5th Square's Jesse Amadio testified at City Council last week in favor of this important legislation.

This is a great step forward and once Mayor Kenney signs it into law, we will see huge improvements to bus and trolley service!

Source: SEPTA

But as great of a start as this legislation is, it only applies to Center City and parts of West Philly, leaving out the majority of the city and thus many mobility-impaired Philadelphians who may find it difficult or impossible to get around illegally parked cars to board their bus or trolley. As Transit Forward Philadelphia's Connor


Get ready to vote! Election day is next Tuesday, November 7th.

As a reminder, we are endorsing the following candidates for this election:

In addition to our endorsements, our Steering Committee recommends VOTING NO to the retention of Anne Marie B Coyle for Court of Common Pleas. We join the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Inquirer, and several wards and advocacy groups in this recommendation.

Judge Coyle has a history of draconian punishments in criminal cases and multiple land use rulings overturning zoning board decisions to block affordable housing.

Want to have a say in our future endorsements? Become a 5th Square member today for $5 a month. New Member signups get a free Blvd Subway T-Shirt!

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Winter is quickly approachingstay warm in style with our brand new Blvd Subway hoodies!

Pick one up for $50 with free shipping to show your support for your favorite proposed transit project and look good while doing it. Supplies are very limited so don't miss out!

We still have plenty of T-Shirts and crop tops in stock too! New Member signups get a free Blvd Subway T-Shirt!


Matt Sullivan, in an inquirer op-ed, writes how the scariest thing for parents on Halloween isn’t tainted candy. It’s cars.

JESSICA GRIFFIN / Inquirer Staff Photographer

Every Halloween, there’s a sharp spike in the number of children killed by drivers... But kids getting killed by cars on Halloween isn’t inevitable and it isn’t immutable. Traffic deaths are a direct result of the built environment, which in turn stems from the choices that elected leaders, urban planners, and regulators have made.


SEPTA is facing an urgent fiscal cliff which may see drastic service cuts and higher fares. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania House passed HB 1219 which would increase the portion of sales tax that is allocated to public transit funding without increasing the tax itself.

This bill still needs to pass the State Senate, so contact you legislator to ensure SEPTA gets the funding it needs!


Philly Bike Action Community Bike Ride
November 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Washington Square 
Join Philly Bike Action for a fun, casual bike ride from Washington Square to the Art Museum! We will meet at Washington Square on November 5th, 2023 around 9am and roll out around 9:15am. Indego stations are available at both Washington Square and at the Art Museum to dock! The total distance is slightly under 3 miles, so new cyclists and families are invited to join in order to feel protected in a group!

November 7, 7:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
See the candidates we're endorsing here

World Day of Remembrance 2023
November 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Lil Safety Village Hunting Parking
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia present World Day of Remembrance 2023. This annual event is scheduled to honor the people who’ve lost their lives to traffic violence in the Philadelphia area. #WDoR2023 is run in conjunction with cities all across the country on the third Sunday of November.


Delaware River Trail Extension Prioritization
With the completion of the Delaware River Trail (DRT) from Penn Treaty Park to Pier 68, DRWC is focused on closing the gap in the trail network. The 
Delaware River Trail; Columbia Ave to Lehigh Ave Extension project is currently in the planning phase. To learn more about the project, including to view the boards from the most recent public meeting, please click here. As part of this planning effort, DRWC wants YOUR feedback. What Would You Prioritize?

The DVRPC is asking for feedback on its vision for Greater Philadelphia in 2050. Tell the DVRPC what they should prioritize over the next 30 years. Let them know if you think Philadelphia should have a new subway line by then. Survey closes December 15th.

The University of Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania-based partners are supporting the efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, led by the Pennsylvania Department on Aging, to develop a Master Plan for Older Adults. Responses will be used to create a profile of the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities that will inform the Commonwealth's planning process.








Bicycle Coalition Winter Interns
The Bicycle Coalition is currently looking for winter interns to assist with event planning and administrative work in the policy and development departments. If you are passionate about making our streets safer for all community members and would like to learn how to put your skills to use for better cycling, pedestrian, and transportation networks, read our success stories, and then apply.


Princeton University Eviction Lab / Data Engineer

PHMC PHLpreK Program

Michael Baker International / Senior Civil Engineer / Project Manager - Transportation

Rue Landau Team / Open Application

Robert D Gilmore & Associates Inc / Planner

Earth Quaker Action Team / Director of Organizing

WHYY / Transportation Reporter


Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia / Intern

Philadelphia Energy Authority / Finance Director

The Philadelphia Citizen / Staff Writer

Children First / Early Childhood Education Policy Director

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