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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  • Russ Addis
    signed 2018-02-27 12:03:30 -0500
  • Richard Johnson
    signed 2018-02-27 11:49:50 -0500
    I stand on the side of the bikers, public safety, and expertise in these matters.
  • David Issadore
    signed 2018-02-27 11:43:35 -0500
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  • Jacob Tulsky
    signed 2018-02-27 11:37:34 -0500
  • Megan Brown
    signed 2018-02-27 11:12:10 -0500
  • Christine Collins
    signed 2018-02-27 10:57:30 -0500
    As a bike commuter I can tell you clearly demarcated lanes are a much safer option, and prevent deaths
  • Timothy Kyle
    signed 2018-02-27 10:32:30 -0500
  • Sarah Mitchell
    signed 2018-02-27 10:13:19 -0500
  • Laura Macenka
    signed 2018-02-27 10:07:29 -0500
  • Christopher Gillespie
    signed 2018-02-27 10:04:57 -0500
  • Noah Robkin
    signed 2018-02-27 10:02:04 -0500
  • Karen Wisnia
    signed 2018-02-27 09:59:59 -0500
  • Matthew Newman
    signed 2018-02-27 09:55:41 -0500
    I believe in the further expansion of protected bike lanes and that experts who actually study these issues should have the power to implement change. This proposed bill would allow any councilperson, even a member not representing that area, to block any type of road change for whatever reason. It is undemocratic and frankly dangerous for the cities’ citizens.
  • Bill Zane
    signed 2018-02-27 09:49:24 -0500
  • Marielle Lerner
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-27 09:48:58 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Jabez Carroll
    signed 2018-02-27 09:48:28 -0500
    as an avid biker lane user, I’m tired of dodging cars and trucks who consistently park in bike lanes forcing me to ride into traffic. This bill does nothing to resolve this problem.
  • Marielle Lerner
    signed 2018-02-27 09:47:40 -0500
  • Rachel Moran
    signed 2018-02-27 09:41:28 -0500
  • Sam Moore
    signed 2018-02-27 09:31:10 -0500
    In favor of protected bike lanes and facilitating their implementation
  • Dan Kobza
    signed 2018-02-27 09:18:33 -0500
    We need more and better bike lanes, not a dangerous halt to these necessary safety measures.
  • Jordan Burdge
    signed 2018-02-27 09:11:04 -0500
  • Andrew Davis
    signed 2018-02-27 09:07:22 -0500
  • Joe DiStanislao
    signed 2018-02-27 09:05:14 -0500
  • Stefan Zajic
    @sczajic tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-27 09:04:44 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Stefan Zajic
    signed 2018-02-27 09:04:24 -0500
    City council: please make it easier, not harder, for Philadelphia to make its streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians!
  • Geert Colijn
    signed 2018-02-27 08:57:54 -0500
  • Leonard Hu
    signed 2018-02-27 08:55:01 -0500
    More bike lanes, more bike protection, less bureaucracy and enforce ticketin people double parked in bike lanes!
  • Charles Sanders
    signed 2018-02-27 08:51:30 -0500
  • Johanna Marshall
    signed 2018-02-27 08:50:01 -0500
  • Alana Tipton
    signed 2018-02-27 08:48:08 -0500