Newsletter: Support Protected Bike Lanes at Public Meetings TONIGHT, Philly's Vision Zero Misses, 5th Square's January Meetings


TODAY! Protected Bike Lane Double Feature at Center City RCOs. Support protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia by attending one of two RCO meetings tonight, both starting at 7pm.  

Washington Square West Civic Association will be debating a proposed roadway reconfiguration and potential protected bike lane on 10th and 13th streets in Center City.  Logan Square Neighborhood Association will be discussing the future of the piloted protected bike lanes on JFK Blvd and Market Street and whether to make it permanent.  Come to one of these two meetings, especially if you live, work, or use any of these routes in the area.

Slow Zone Applications are due next Friday, January 18th!  Check out the advocacy tools on our new 'Neighborhood Slow Zone' Campaign Resources page, and get started organizing for slow zones in your neighborhood. After your application is submitted, join us for a slow zone happy hour next Friday over at Le Viet on 11th and Washington!

5th Square members are invited to attend a members-only meeting on January 23rd where we'll be kicking off our 2019 City Council organizing efforts with a special briefing on the state of the campaign landscape, and an informal straw poll of members to help inform our 2019 endorsement process.  Become a member today or sign up at the event, and help us organize for the 2019 Council elections!


Today, January 8, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Ceremonial Swearing-In & District Celebration
The ceremonial swearing-in of 5th-Square-endorsed state representative, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta! The ceremony will be followed by a fun district celebration, which will include some delicious food!

Today, January 8, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Washington Square West Civic Association - January Board Meeting 
Come learn about the proposed roadway reconfiguration and protected bicycle lane projects on 10th and 13th streets in Center City, and help us advocate for safe street infrastructure. Members from oTIS will be there to present.

Today, January 8, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Logan Square Neighborhood Association - January Board Meeting
At this meeting, LSNA will be voting on whether or not to recommend that the Market/JFK Vision Zero Pilot Project become a permanent fixture of our city. Members from Councilman Clarke's office and oTIS will be there. We would like you to attend to verbalize support for this project to make this vital piece of infrastructure permanent.

Wednesday, January 9, 6 pm - 7 pm
Supporter Social: Bicycle Coalition Open House
Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to hear more about their programs, what is coming up in the next year, and how you can get involved!

Thursday, January 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet and Greet: North Philly Lawmakers
Join Sierra Club PA, Conservation Voters of PA, and PennEnvironment for a meet-and-greet with newly elected State Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta, Mary Louise Isaacson, and Joe Hohenstein. They want to get to know their constituents, hear about the environmental issues that matter to you, and tell you how they plan to move things forward in Harrisburg.


Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
5th Square Transit Committee -  SEPTA Bus Network Redesign Update
At 5th Square's January Transit Committee meeting, we're pleased to welcome SEPTA's Jennifer Dougherty, who will be providing us with an update on the status of SEPTA's Bus Network Redesign project. We'll also continue our organizing and planning discussion about Transit Equity Day 2019

Friday, January 18, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
5th Sq - Slow Zone Deadline Day Happy Hour
Did you help organize a Neighborhood Slow Zone application in your neighborhood? Come celebrate with other neighborhood volunteers and slow zone advocates at a Friday happy hour at Le Viet, on 11th St near Washington Ave.

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5th Square Members Event - 2019 City Council Organizing Kick-off
Kicking off our 2019 City Council organizing efforts with a special member briefing on the state of the campaign landscape, and an informal straw poll of members to help inform our 2019 endorsement process. Become a member today, or sign up for a membership at the event.


We were unimpressed by Mayor Kenney's list of 2018 Vision Zero accomplishments and are urging the Mayor to finally make safer streets for vulnerable road users a true priority in 2019. Read our round-up of the Top 10 Vision Zero Opportunities that Philadelphia Missed in 2018.

PlanPhilly writes about how SEPTA's funding may be in jeopardy due to a lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists' groups. The suit is looking to end PA Turnpike toll revenues from benefiting mass transit providers across the state, including SEPTA.  

A City Council audit of Philadelphia's Office of Property Assessment has uncovered what many Philadelphians have known all along: our city's property assessment methodology is flawed, especially for assessing unimproved land.

Jason Laughlin of the Inquirer examines the high-rates of car commuting in Philadelphia's lower-income neighborhoods, and discusses why this is the case. (hint: SEPTA is not helping).

Sprawl repair on the Delaware! Pennsport will soon see a revamped Riverview Plaza, transforming an aged 80's strip mall into a waterfront row of apartments, shops, and restaurants, anchored by the center’s refreshed movie theater.

Philadelphia Magazine looks at the city's recent job growth compared to other big cities and cites lack of affordable workforce housing as a problem.

If you haven't already seen it, The Atlantic has a compelling short documentary following then-candidate Malcolm Kenyatta around on election day in North Philadelphia.  Take a look and you'll see why we endorsed this bright young candidate for state representative last year.



East Falls Development Corporation is seeking a Executive Director

Promptworks is hiring Software Engineers of all types

New Kensington Community Development Corporation is seeking a Housing Advisor

Philadelphia Media Network is hiring a Philadelphia City Hall Reporter

WRT is seeking Landscape Architects

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is hiring for a variety of positions, including Community Engagement Associate, Social Media Manager, Summer Interns, and Analysts.

Neighborhood Bike Works is seeking an Executive Director and a Training Manager

The City of Philadelphia's Revenue Department is seeking a Data and Research Manager

UPMC Health Plan is hiring a Program Manager

Technically Media is seeking a Client Success Manager

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is seeking a part-time Data Entry Associate

East Coast Greenway Alliance is hiring a Communications Coordinator at its Durham, NC headquarters

Leeway Foundation is seeking a Communications Director

The Natural Resources Defense Council is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the City of Philadelphia as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge

Philadelphia's Department of Public Health is seeking a Public Health Scientist

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hiring Youth Cycling Coach Positions and Interns

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