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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  • Linda Huss
    signed 2018-02-23 09:48:39 -0500
  • Derek Beyer
    signed 2018-02-23 09:47:57 -0500
  • Nicole Snyder
    signed 2018-02-23 09:47:38 -0500
  • Mark Sweeney
    signed 2018-02-23 09:47:23 -0500
    Always enjoy urban biking through philadelphia. A great and cheap way to link communities and get exercise.
  • Kirby Bell
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-23 09:45:54 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Stephanie Chapman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:45:39 -0500
    Have been biking for pleasure and for commute in Philly for 8 years. Safe and accessible bike lanes are a fantastic way to link communities and provide safe ways of travel for individuals and families!
  • Kirby Bell
    signed 2018-02-23 09:45:22 -0500
  • Erika Morgan
    signed 2018-02-23 09:44:49 -0500
  • Julie Thompson
    signed 2018-02-23 09:43:47 -0500
  • Michael Grosberg
    signed 2018-02-23 09:43:14 -0500
  • Kathleen Scanlon
    signed 2018-02-23 09:42:58 -0500
  • Meagan Cusack
    signed 2018-02-23 09:41:43 -0500
  • Roger Jack
    signed 2018-02-23 09:40:13 -0500
  • Stacey Toseland
    signed 2018-02-23 09:40:09 -0500
  • Anthony Caroto
    signed 2018-02-23 09:39:55 -0500
  • William Knapp
    signed 2018-02-23 09:38:49 -0500
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:38:32 -0500
  • Frank Gaydos
    signed 2018-02-23 09:37:25 -0500
    Bike lanes are a god send. I use them frequently instead of relying on SEPTA or UBER. Riding my bike is good for me and the air. I am 71 years old.
  • Lou Harris
    signed 2018-02-23 09:35:00 -0500
    WE NEED MORE BIKE LANES! Yes I am shouting
  • Evan Silverstein
    signed 2018-02-23 09:34:10 -0500
  • Ane Johnson
    signed 2018-02-23 09:33:37 -0500
  • John Nichols
    signed 2018-02-23 09:30:28 -0500
  • Emily Morton-Owens
    signed 2018-02-23 09:29:20 -0500
    I want my city to be a leader, not a laggard, in public safety.
  • Debra Lewis
    signed 2018-02-23 09:29:17 -0500
    City Council members already hold too much individual power over decisions made in our city. This is stopping Philadelphia from moving forward and making necessary updates and improvements across the board. It’s time for us to stand up and say NO. Whether you support protected bike lanes or not, you should be VERY concerned about another blatant power grab by City Council members.
  • Genevieve Tung
    signed 2018-02-23 09:29:04 -0500
  • Jason Entezari
    signed 2018-02-23 09:28:43 -0500
  • Pete DeCarolis
    signed 2018-02-23 09:27:25 -0500
  • Andrew Saltz
    signed 2018-02-23 09:27:08 -0500
  • Kurt Schenk
    signed 2018-02-23 09:26:48 -0500
  • Eliana Zimet
    signed 2018-02-23 09:24:08 -0500