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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  • Dan Sigmans
    signed 2018-03-01 21:01:02 -0500
  • Claudia Crane
    signed 2018-03-01 20:50:26 -0500
    Claudia Crane
  • Barbara Hague
    signed 2018-03-01 19:30:50 -0500
    phila needs safer and more bike lanes mayor Kenny promised he make this a priority
  • Daniel Safer
    signed 2018-03-01 17:12:25 -0500
  • Patricia Moore-Martinez
    signed 2018-03-01 15:59:04 -0500
  • Will Fenton
    signed 2018-03-01 15:04:47 -0500
    This is a terrible idea and will not help the city, nor the citizens, at all. Please do not support this bill.
  • Jeff Braff
    signed 2018-03-01 15:04:44 -0500
  • Ben Weber
    signed 2018-03-01 14:53:21 -0500
  • Matt Ruben
    signed 2018-03-01 14:18:57 -0500
  • Ashley Holland
    signed 2018-03-01 13:59:02 -0500
  • Michael Zuckerman
    signed 2018-03-01 13:54:19 -0500
  • Richard Garella
    signed 2018-03-01 13:51:57 -0500
    Why would Council members vote to make it harder for Philadelphia to address its problems with traffic, pollution, and health problems? And why would they vote to bring on themselves endless struggles over bike lanes and traffic patterns, when these could be dealt with by actual traffic engineers? This bill goes the wrong way.

    Rich Garella, Point Breeze
  • Dustin Krautter
    signed 2018-03-01 13:51:46 -0500
  • Mahmut Aydin
    signed 2018-03-01 13:19:46 -0500
  • Jennifer Harnish
    signed 2018-03-01 10:59:54 -0500
  • Robert Lucas
    signed 2018-03-01 05:51:20 -0500
  • Jonathan McJunkin
    signed 2018-03-01 01:06:03 -0500
  • Michael White
    signed 2018-02-28 23:06:38 -0500
    Wake up city council
  • Lawrence Moore
    signed 2018-02-28 21:46:39 -0500
    Bicycles are more of a must-have in the poorest large city in America.
  • Josh Kodroff
    signed 2018-02-28 17:06:13 -0500
  • Logan Welde
    signed 2018-02-28 16:37:01 -0500
    We need more, and better bike infrastructure, not LESS! City Council members are taking this city in the wrong direction.
  • Coleen Goodwyn
    signed 2018-02-28 15:21:05 -0500
    United states
  • R Girer
    signed 2018-02-28 15:11:17 -0500
  • Gregory Laut
    signed 2018-02-28 15:01:48 -0500
    Peoples lives should not be put in jeopardy because rich residents in center city want to be able to double park in the street creating an unsafe environment
  • Dante Payne
    signed 2018-02-28 13:33:14 -0500
  • Aidan Jamison-Frank
    signed 2018-02-28 13:12:51 -0500
  • Dan Scholnick
    signed 2018-02-28 12:38:51 -0500
    We need safer streets, designed by safety experts. This is for all of my friends who have been injured or killed, while just riding or walking in Philadelphia.
  • Mike Heaney
    signed 2018-02-28 11:29:16 -0500
    Just as City Council gives priority to the poor and disenfranchised in economic issues, in safety issues the rights of the minority (bikers) needs to be respected over the convenience of the powerful (drivers). Bike lanes relieve traffic congestion for all. Another lane for cars is just a bigger traffic jam.
  • Peter Hyndman
    signed 2018-02-28 11:16:59 -0500
  • Justin Yost
    signed 2018-02-28 11:06:40 -0500