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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  • Scott Neifeld
    signed 2018-02-23 08:44:35 -0500
  • Leon Malloy
    signed 2018-02-23 08:44:33 -0500
  • Stephen Joel Garver
    signed 2018-02-23 08:43:01 -0500
  • William West
    signed 2018-02-23 08:42:57 -0500
    William West City Council simply has to do a better job of protecting our lives.
  • Paul Pallas
    signed 2018-02-23 08:42:49 -0500
  • Flora Cardoni
    signed 2018-02-23 08:41:53 -0500
  • Jon Chizacky
    signed 2018-02-23 08:41:15 -0500
    Jon Chizacky
  • Emily Earl
    signed 2018-02-23 08:40:58 -0500
  • Samantha Corson
    signed 2018-02-23 08:40:34 -0500
  • Murray Dubin
    signed 2018-02-23 08:40:32 -0500
  • Kelly Piasecki
    signed 2018-02-23 08:40:01 -0500
  • Larry Davis
    signed 2018-02-23 08:38:20 -0500
    Larry Davis
  • Lizzie Rothwell
    signed 2018-02-23 08:37:31 -0500
  • Nate Trager
    signed 2018-02-23 08:37:27 -0500
  • Norman Lazarus
    signed 2018-02-23 08:37:20 -0500
    While I live in the suburbs, I am a frequent visitor to Philadelphia. Te easiest way for me to get around Philadelphia is by bicycle which makes it easier for me to park and less likely to get stuck in traffic. Bicycle infrastructure, bike lanes, make it easier and safer to do so.
  • Carlos Basualdo
    signed 2018-02-23 08:36:08 -0500
  • Max Morgan
    signed 2018-02-23 08:35:39 -0500
  • Kate Mundie
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-23 08:34:25 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Kate Mundie
    @katebikemom tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-23 08:34:20 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Megan Boyle
    signed 2018-02-23 08:34:09 -0500
  • Robert Gallante
    signed 2018-02-23 08:33:39 -0500
  • James Kahn
    signed 2018-02-23 08:33:29 -0500
    Let the Streets Department and transportation planners do their jobs.
  • Flora Champenois
    signed 2018-02-23 08:32:29 -0500
    We deserve so, so much better from our leaders. In memory of my friends Gashaw Clark and Amelie Le Moullac, and the many other cyclists killed on our streets.
  • Sean Marren
    signed 2018-02-23 08:32:01 -0500
  • Mary Ann Duffy
    signed 2018-02-23 08:31:03 -0500
  • Aruni Jayatilleke
    signed 2018-02-23 08:30:59 -0500
  • Jason Lempieri
    signed 2018-02-23 08:30:37 -0500
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  • William Tung
    signed 2018-02-23 08:29:20 -0500
  • Caitlin Youngster
    signed 2018-02-23 08:28:56 -0500
    I want to see bills that make it easier and more efficient to incorporate safe streets for all users, particularly bikers.
  • Kate Mundie
    signed via 2018-02-23 08:28:47 -0500
    Kate Mundie- I am outraged! This is about safety for the people of Philadelphia. The city has experts who say that bike lanes will improve safety for all the roadway users (bikes, pedestrians, and drivers) and you have council members who are NOT experts, who wont let them make the city a safer place.