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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  • 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.
  • Jeremy Moore
    signed 2018-02-23 08:27:57 -0500
    We need more bike lanes not fewer. It is absolutely ridiculous we have to fight for this.
  • Zachary Billet
    signed via 2018-02-23 08:26:57 -0500
  • Matthew Zapson
    signed 2018-02-23 08:26:10 -0500
    Please let the trained professionals—traffic engineers, planners, transportation modelers—do their jobs!!
  • Joseph Celentano
    signed 2018-02-23 08:22:31 -0500
  • kate sparacio
    signed 2018-02-23 08:21:45 -0500
  • Brett Mapp
    signed 2018-02-23 08:21:19 -0500
  • Amy Lambert
    signed 2018-02-23 08:21:10 -0500
  • Kara Kneidl
    signed 2018-02-23 08:20:48 -0500
  • Emory Krall
    signed 2018-02-23 08:20:17 -0500
  • David Wilson
    signed 2018-02-23 08:19:50 -0500
  • Patrick Bayer
    signed 2018-02-23 08:18:16 -0500
  • Anne Marie DiAntonio
    signed 2018-02-23 08:18:00 -0500
  • Alexandra Golaszewska
    signed 2018-02-23 08:17:52 -0500
  • Catherine Price
    signed 2018-02-23 08:17:34 -0500
    This is getting ridiculous! We need MORE bike lanes. And while we’re on the subject of overreach, bill greenLee needs to stop blocking the bike lane on 22nd st between spring garden and fairmount. That street is very dangerous for everyone who uses it bc it is 1.5 lanes wide. I can’t believe the streets Dept has still not been allowed to implement its plan
  • Corrinne Fahl
    signed 2018-02-23 08:17:08 -0500
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  • simon firth
    signed 2018-02-23 08:16:15 -0500
    simon firth
  • Bill Marconi
    signed 2018-02-23 08:15:44 -0500
    Stop the bike lane power grab
  • Meg Perine
    signed 2018-02-23 08:15:36 -0500
  • Thomas A Bartlett
    signed 2018-02-23 08:14:49 -0500
  • Dave Brindley
    signed 2018-02-23 08:14:48 -0500
  • Amy Chen
    signed 2018-02-23 08:14:44 -0500
  • Kristin Peresta
    signed 2018-02-23 08:12:54 -0500
  • Rory Boyle
    signed 2018-02-23 08:12:53 -0500
    There’s enough gridlock on the Philly streets already. Don’t pass a bill to create political gridlock on top of it!
  • Nathaniel Popkin
    signed 2018-02-23 08:12:43 -0500
  • Abby Bronstein
    signed 2018-02-23 08:12:06 -0500
  • Phil Burtner
    signed 2018-02-23 08:11:48 -0500
  • Brian DiStefano
    signed 2018-02-23 08:11:03 -0500