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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  • Samantha Keller
    signed 2018-02-23 08:10:55 -0500
  • Katherine Wysong
    signed 2018-02-23 08:10:20 -0500
  • Jeff Barg
    signed 2018-02-23 08:09:52 -0500
  • Amanda Gillern
    signed 2018-02-23 08:08:15 -0500
  • Amanda Bouwman
    signed 2018-02-23 08:07:30 -0500
    Promoting more bike lanes and better bike safety is the direction I want to see our city go in. My husband bikes to work, and my family often bikes around the city. Being a biker friendly city makes us a better city and draws more people to wanting to move here or stay here.
  • Steve McCombs
    signed 2018-02-23 08:07:08 -0500
  • Sarah Coppinger
    signed 2018-02-23 08:06:46 -0500
  • Lori Braunstein
    signed 2018-02-23 08:06:29 -0500
  • Margaret Stephens
    signed 2018-02-23 08:05:26 -0500
    Nicole Matthesen
  • Jess Jones
    signed 2018-02-23 08:04:32 -0500
  • Pail Laskow
    signed 2018-02-23 08:04:30 -0500
  • Benjamin Novack
    signed 2018-02-23 08:04:26 -0500
  • Dena Driscoll
    signed 2018-02-23 08:03:02 -0500
  • Stephanie Weirich
    signed 2018-02-23 08:02:56 -0500
    We need to make our streets safer for everyone.
  • Joan Kimball
    signed 2018-02-23 08:02:35 -0500
  • Eleanor Kazdan
    signed 2018-02-23 08:02:16 -0500
  • Kurt Hankenson
    signed 2018-02-23 08:02:02 -0500
    Philadelphia is lagging behind other leading cities in developing protected bike lanes. Next generation workers will require these essential modes of transportation, and Philadelphia must compete for those workers with Seattle or Portland, Chicago or NYC.
  • Bob Pierson
    signed 2018-02-23 08:00:46 -0500
    City Council’s role is to protect the truth. The truth for transportation in a sustainable and resilient city is support for the low-energy, convivial ways people to move through their daily lives. Bicycling, walking and public transportation are these ways and must be protected by elected officials.
  • Paola Quinones
    signed 2018-02-23 08:00:31 -0500
  • Ian Petrie
    signed 2018-02-23 07:59:54 -0500
  • Derek Dohler
    signed 2018-02-23 07:59:51 -0500
  • Natalie Cross
    signed 2018-02-23 07:59:48 -0500
  • Alfred Klosterman
    signed 2018-02-23 07:59:39 -0500
  • Eric Anderson
    signed 2018-02-23 07:59:19 -0500
  • Joanna Joye
    signed 2018-02-23 07:57:42 -0500
  • Sam Gish
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-23 07:57:40 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Sam Gish
    @PhilaCook tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-23 07:57:37 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Rosa Mannion
    signed 2018-02-23 07:57:35 -0500
  • Sam Gish
    signed 2018-02-23 07:57:18 -0500
  • John Siemiarowski
    signed 2018-02-23 07:56:14 -0500
    We need to move forward not back to the bad old days. City council members always feel the need to retain / get more power. That should stop now.