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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  • Caleb Benjamin
    signed 2018-02-23 09:00:38 -0500
  • Michel Saewert
    signed 2018-02-23 09:00:23 -0500
    ATTN. Council: stop trying to micromanage every decision made in this city. You are meant to be leaders, not rulers; there’s a difference. A true leader does not try to stop progress; they ask how they can help it along. Streets should be safe for everyone, not just a privileged class. Protected lanes are part of how we make streets safer. Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
  • Thomas Krauss
    signed via 2018-02-23 08:59:42 -0500
  • Bryan Rogers
    signed 2018-02-23 08:58:38 -0500
  • Brian Kall
    signed 2018-02-23 08:57:47 -0500
  • Thomas Dermody
    signed 2018-02-23 08:57:38 -0500
  • Derek Kunz
    signed 2018-02-23 08:57:03 -0500
  • Drew Kaiser
    signed via 2018-02-23 08:55:44 -0500
  • Barbara Ruth-Cook
    signed 2018-02-23 08:55:04 -0500
  • Travis Southard
    signed 2018-02-23 08:54:37 -0500
    If Councilmembers want to take on the responsibility of designing, planning, and engineering our streets, they can go to school and get all the necessary education and certification to do so. The Streets Department should be able to build safe and complete streets as their expertise and research dictates, Council should create the policies to allow them to do so. Bike lanes, crosswalks, speed limits, and other safety features are not subjects of the political realm, they should be installed or modified to create a safer environment so people can get where they are going without harm or stress.
  • Magda Konieczna
    signed 2018-02-23 08:54:25 -0500
    Cyclists are among the most vulnerable users of the street. At the same time, it’s clear Philadelphia streets don’t have enough capacity for everyone to drive. I’m counting on city council to do the right thing by making it easier, not harder, to get around without a car.
  • Mary Ruzzo
    signed 2018-02-23 08:54:06 -0500
  • Tamara Henry
    signed 2018-02-23 08:53:51 -0500
  • Daniel Levinthal
    signed 2018-02-23 08:53:44 -0500
  • Daniel Henkin
    signed 2018-02-23 08:51:59 -0500
  • Stephen Saxton
    signed 2018-02-23 08:51:47 -0500
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  • Cody Cowper
    signed 2018-02-23 08:51:40 -0500
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2018-02-23 08:51:05 -0500
    Marcus P. Ferreira
  • Krystal Eason
    signed 2018-02-23 08:51:04 -0500
  • Amelia Wisniewski-Barker
    signed 2018-02-23 08:50:26 -0500
  • Joachim Breitner
    signed 2018-02-23 08:49:11 -0500
  • Marcus McKnight
    signed 2018-02-23 08:48:34 -0500
  • Ron Ashworth
    signed 2018-02-23 08:48:17 -0500
    Infrastructure for cyclists that also benefit runners, people in wheelchairs, and on carts, as well as many other users of “pedestrian” lanes that are called “bike lanes”.

    Once a path has been estabished as safe for cyclists, many other pedestrians begin using it in their own ways.

    It is a safer enviroment used by all.
  • Leon Malloy
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-23 08:46:43 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Lewis Colburn
    signed 2018-02-23 08:46:13 -0500
  • Gregory Dietrich
    signed 2018-02-23 08:46:01 -0500
  • Mary Jo Harris
    signed 2018-02-23 08:46:01 -0500
  • Ralph Branch
    signed via 2018-02-23 08:45:35 -0500
  • Michael Bufalino
    signed 2018-02-23 08:44:59 -0500
  • Amy Perlingiero
    signed 2018-02-23 08:44:36 -0500