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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  • Nick Zuwiala Rogers
    signed 2018-02-23 10:07:08 -0500
    Nicholas Rogers
  • Mary Tasillo
    signed 2018-02-23 10:06:42 -0500
  • Christopher Leary
    signed 2018-02-23 10:05:31 -0500
    Given how careless Philadelphia drivers are, and the growing number of cyclists, bike safety should not be controlled by political considerations: SAFETY FIRST!
  • Oren Roth-Eisenberg
    signed 2018-02-23 10:05:23 -0500
    Oren Eisenberg
  • Rebecca Poyourow
    signed 2018-02-23 10:05:03 -0500
    Having just been hit by a car driver this past week, I cannot imagine why City Council would want to make our streets less safe for all.
  • Ada Picco
    signed 2018-02-23 10:05:02 -0500
  • Rosy Savoia
    signed 2018-02-23 10:05:02 -0500
  • Sarah Turner
    signed 2018-02-23 10:04:47 -0500
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2018-02-23 10:04:44 -0500
  • Paul Glover
    signed 2018-02-23 10:04:42 -0500
    Automobiles degrade our city’s environment and economy. Rebuilding Philadelphia toward balance with nature will fully employ the next ten generations.
  • Troy Morris
    signed 2018-02-23 10:02:46 -0500
    Councilwoman Blackwell, Please stop obstructing actions that make our city more safe and liveable. -Troy Morris
  • Patrick Driscoll
    signed via 2018-02-23 10:02:18 -0500
  • Nick Kulish
    signed via 2018-02-23 10:01:47 -0500
  • Sharp Hall
    signed 2018-02-23 10:01:10 -0500
  • David Devan
    signed 2018-02-23 10:00:18 -0500
    David B Devan
  • Aaron Bauman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:59:44 -0500
  • Kara Regis
    signed 2018-02-23 09:59:16 -0500
  • Kasey Toomey
    signed 2018-02-23 09:58:37 -0500
  • Jesse Klaproth
    signed 2018-02-23 09:57:48 -0500
  • Kerry Brinkman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:57:42 -0500
    Kerry Brinkman
  • Abby King
    signed 2018-02-23 09:57:12 -0500
  • Lawrence Weintraub
    signed 2018-02-23 09:56:53 -0500
    Protected bike lanes promote traffic calming, safety and order to our narrow streets in Philadelphia. I cannot imagine why our City council would not want to encourage the implementation of such bike lanes. Isn’t safety their number one priority as our representatives? There are ways to share our streets equally with autos, trucks, buses and pedestrians by integrating more sophisticated traffic control measures along each block. Please consider other alternatives before attempting such a knee-jerk response to shut down the discussion before it can even happen with bill 180134.
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:56:17 -0500
  • Natalie Shaak
    signed 2018-02-23 09:56:09 -0500
    Safety of drivers, bikers and pedestrians should not be political. Leave these devisions up to the safety experts!
  • Brandon McNeely
    signed 2018-02-23 09:55:32 -0500
  • Jo Ann Fishburn
    signed 2018-02-23 09:54:32 -0500
  • Michael Reichner
    signed 2018-02-23 09:53:09 -0500
  • Edward Marvel
    signed 2018-02-23 09:52:42 -0500
  • Livio Azzoni
    signed 2018-02-23 09:51:45 -0500
  • Linda Huss
    @huss_a_lin tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-23 09:51:30 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs