Petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs!


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City Council is at it again!

This Thursday, February 22nd, Council introduced yet another misguided push to grab more power over bike lanes, with the intent to block overdue street safety improvements under Mayor Kenney's Vision Zero program. 

Sign and share the petition to tell them to back off, and leave the street engineering decisions to the safety experts

The latest misguided push from Council comes from West Philly Councilmember Jannie Blackwell (District 3) who is pushing a new bill (No. 180134) that would require a City Council ordinance whenever any regular painted bike lanes are upgraded to protected bike lanes, or undergo any other modifications.

This is yet another step in the wrong direction. As recently as early 2012, the Streets Department, under the Mayor's direction, was able to stripe bike lanes wherever they thought was appropriate. But in 2012, City Council grabbed that power away from the Mayor, and since that time, bike lane network expansion has ground almost to a halt

The opponents of that 2012 bill—No. 120327—were proven right: more power for City Council really has meant more power for 'Not in My Backyard' elements who want to block street safety changes from happening.

This year though, things were supposed to change. Mayor Kenney adopted a Vision Zero pledge to cut traffic deaths and serious injuries in half by 2020, and that should mean street safety improvements get rolled out faster, not slower, as Councilwoman Blackwell is proposing. 
That's why we have to stop bill No. 180134 in its tracks and begin reversing the disastrous 2012 street power grab!

Sign and share the petition to help spread the word that this legislation will make our streets less safe, and we'll follow up with opportunities so you can take action!

After that, call your Councilmember and demand that they oppose Bill No 180134. Then log their responses in our crowdsourced Whip Count Spreadsheet, so we can track where members stand on the bill. 

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  • Brandy Bones
    signed 2018-02-23 10:55:00 -0500
  • David Suisman
    signed 2018-02-23 10:52:31 -0500
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2018-02-23 10:48:23 -0500
  • Michael Di Tizio
    signed 2018-02-23 10:47:31 -0500
    Bike lanes are an absolute necessity. When I recently traveled to Portland and Seattle, the bike lanes are completely integrated into their traffic patters and everyone has seemed to adjusted to them. We need to emulate their response to a bicycling population to join our rightful place among the truly great, international minded cities of the US.
  • Ana Ramos
    signed 2018-02-23 10:46:11 -0500
    When I lived in south philly I used to bike to work everyday on Pine and Spruce streets. In 2017 a young woman was killed there. That could have been me. I’m tired of city councils tricks. We. Need. More. Bike. Lanes. And we will vote you out if you don’t protect us and the thousands of people who bike everyday.

    Enough is enough. It’s time for new people on council anyway. Some of y’all have been there too long (and maybe forgot why you joined in the first place).
  • Charles Krueger
    signed 2018-02-23 10:45:35 -0500
  • Steve Hach
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-23 10:40:08 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • steve hach
    signed 2018-02-23 10:39:29 -0500
    I am sick and tired of city council playing politics with peoples’ lives. Leave safety, streets, and traffic engineering up to the experts. You already stopped progress on bike lanes with your power grab a few years ago—when you assigned yourselves veto power over bike lanes. Now, you want to stop making existing lanes safer for cyclists despite recent deaths in the city? SHAME ON YOU! Stop this nonsense.
  • Daniel LaRossa
    signed 2018-02-23 10:36:33 -0500
  • Jeremy Avellino
    signed 2018-02-23 10:36:24 -0500
  • Caroline Furr
    signed 2018-02-23 10:35:28 -0500
  • Kirk Ledger
    signed 2018-02-23 10:35:08 -0500
  • Keegan Brown
    signed 2018-02-23 10:34:19 -0500
  • Jacob Lightman
    signed 2018-02-23 10:33:09 -0500
  • Sara Hirschler
    signed 2018-02-23 10:32:14 -0500
    This bill is sick and twisted given nearly 100 traffic deaths in Philadelphia each year – many of which are from speeding and aggressive drivers. We need Vision Zero and we need it NOW!
  • Sydney Maves
    signed 2018-02-23 10:30:45 -0500
  • Thaddeus Konicki
    signed 2018-02-23 10:30:30 -0500
  • Tom Halterman
    signed 2018-02-23 10:29:41 -0500
  • Niel McDowell
    signed 2018-02-23 10:28:42 -0500
  • Susan Eachus
    signed 2018-02-23 10:27:28 -0500
  • susan thornton
    signed 2018-02-23 10:25:44 -0500
  • Ann Lin
    signed 2018-02-23 10:24:56 -0500
  • Erin Gautsche
    signed 2018-02-23 10:23:16 -0500
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  • Kari Collins
    signed 2018-02-23 10:20:54 -0500
  • Margaret Chenault
    signed 2018-02-23 10:20:38 -0500
  • Justin Roczniak
    signed 2018-02-23 10:15:38 -0500
  • Will Kendall
    signed 2018-02-23 10:15:07 -0500
  • Benjamin She
    signed via 2018-02-23 10:13:59 -0500
  • James Bannerman
    signed 2018-02-23 10:09:59 -0500
    Bikes on streets not sidewalks.
  • Ben Block
    signed 2018-02-23 10:07:16 -0500