Petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs!


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. 

812 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 673 reactions

  • Gabriel Morales
    signed 2018-02-28 10:52:11 -0500
  • Michael Myers
    signed 2018-02-28 10:16:55 -0500
  • Thomas Galloway
    signed 2018-02-28 10:04:35 -0500
  • Terry Mellon
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-28 10:03:16 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Terrence Mellon
    signed 2018-02-28 10:02:25 -0500
  • Kyle Press
    signed 2018-02-28 09:40:00 -0500
  • Donald Simon
    signed 2018-02-28 09:21:32 -0500
  • Frank Chudnow
    signed 2018-02-28 09:17:30 -0500
  • Don Powers
    signed 2018-02-28 09:16:12 -0500
    Councilwoman Blackwell claims that she nor the public have a voice in this process, yet both were involved and supported the Chestnut Street Bike Lane over a multi-year period. She had a chance to oppose it and declined, over and over again. That doesn’t sound like a problem with the power of City Council.
  • Evan Fenaroli
    signed 2018-02-28 09:00:19 -0500
  • Robert Schlatter
    signed 2018-02-28 07:55:18 -0500
    We really need to make it safer to ride bicycles in Philadelphia. Bicycles are an important means of transportation in this crowded city.
  • Slattery Suzanne
    signed 2018-02-28 07:47:54 -0500
  • Hillary Hei
    signed 2018-02-28 07:07:22 -0500
  • Royer Smith
    signed 2018-02-28 06:49:23 -0500
    City Council should not/cannot micro-manage the nuts and bolts of city planning.
  • Stefan Keller
    signed 2018-02-28 05:57:13 -0500
    One of the hallmarks of some of the most progressive (and desirable) cities in the world is that they are bike friendly. Please don’t let Philadelphia’s bureaucracy kill our city’s progress in this area.
  • Warren Pear
    signed 2018-02-28 00:03:09 -0500
  • Kenneth Piercy
    signed 2018-02-27 23:00:37 -0500
  • Robert Dunn
    signed 2018-02-27 22:41:34 -0500
  • Robert Strain
    signed 2018-02-27 20:13:10 -0500
    Philly needs better bike safety and protected bike lanes now!
  • Amanda Strain
    signed 2018-02-27 20:08:44 -0500
  • Lydia Mayer
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-27 19:46:16 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Lydia Mayer
    signed 2018-02-27 19:45:52 -0500
  • Ari Tepper
    signed 2018-02-27 17:22:19 -0500
  • Courtney Smith
    signed 2018-02-27 15:57:28 -0500
  • Tal Roth
    signed 2018-02-27 15:38:19 -0500
  • Todd Lane
    signed 2018-02-27 13:46:03 -0500
  • Drew Parker
    signed 2018-02-27 13:36:06 -0500
  • Thu Tran
    signed 2018-02-27 13:34:59 -0500
  • Ryan Roat
    signed 2018-02-27 13:29:25 -0500
  • William Tung
    followed this page 2018-02-27 12:33:29 -0500