Petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs!


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Photo by: Thom Carroll / PhillyVoice


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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  • Kurt Schenk
    signed 2018-02-23 09:26:48 -0500
  • Eliana Zimet
    signed 2018-02-23 09:24:08 -0500
  • Susanna Shaw
    signed 2018-02-23 09:23:00 -0500
  • Matt Byrne
    signed 2018-02-23 09:22:49 -0500
  • Paul Grossman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:21:27 -0500
  • Melissa Crispin
    signed 2018-02-23 09:20:11 -0500
  • Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:19:36 -0500
    Making life saving infrastructure improvements more difficult is unethical. Shameful.
  • Kelsey DeCerchio
    signed 2018-02-23 09:19:17 -0500
  • Chelsea Chelsea
    signed 2018-02-23 09:17:29 -0500
  • Joseph Evans
    signed 2018-02-23 09:17:19 -0500
    Leave rule-making on bike lanes to those who have the expertise within the Streets Department. Please focus Council’s efforts on enforcement of existing regulations, which could be very effective if accomplished.
  • Ethan Solomon
    signed 2018-02-23 09:17:02 -0500
  • Gregory Parr
    signed 2018-02-23 09:15:31 -0500
  • Kristopher Berr
    signed 2018-02-23 09:15:11 -0500
  • George Korein
    signed 2018-02-23 09:14:43 -0500
  • Leonard Gladstone
    signed 2018-02-23 09:13:55 -0500
  • Joe Carroll
    signed 2018-02-23 09:11:28 -0500
  • Susan Kahn
    signed 2018-02-23 09:10:58 -0500
  • G. D.
    signed 2018-02-23 09:10:27 -0500
  • Gail Massey
    signed 2018-02-23 09:08:16 -0500
  • Joshua Horvitz
    signed 2018-02-23 09:08:06 -0500
  • Gloria Gilman
    signed 2018-02-23 09:07:29 -0500
  • Yoko Takahashi
    signed 2018-02-23 09:07:19 -0500
  • Greg Seaberg
    signed 2018-02-23 09:06:13 -0500
    Greg Seaberg
  • Miles Owen
    signed 2018-02-23 09:05:28 -0500
    Leave bike lane planning in the hand of trained professionals, not city council politicians
  • Luke Elrath
    signed 2018-02-23 09:05:15 -0500
  • Daniel McGlone
    signed 2018-02-23 09:04:42 -0500
  • Clifford Hebner
    signed 2018-02-23 09:04:00 -0500
    Clifford Hebner
  • Dave Munson
    signed 2018-02-23 09:03:49 -0500
  • Kathleen Weber
    signed 2018-02-23 09:03:31 -0500
    City council members should represent the voters in this City. Not enforce laws and regulations because YOU see fit. Micro managing at its best!!
  • Thom Stead
    signed 2018-02-23 09:03:28 -0500