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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  • David Maver
    signed 2018-02-27 08:46:36 -0500
    I want to see that a single councilperson cannot prevent the installment of traffic safety measures including bicycle lanes.
  • Casey Alrich
    signed 2018-02-27 08:41:23 -0500
  • Neil Dwyer
    signed 2018-02-27 08:40:00 -0500
  • Douglas Bennett
    signed 2018-02-27 08:31:46 -0500
  • Lex Powers
    signed 2018-02-27 08:20:36 -0500
    Risk lives of local residents so that drivers can save two minutes? Insisting on driving on one of Philly’s most transit rich corridors despite being literally one block from the MFL? We live in Philly, not Phoenix. Move to the suburbs if you want to be chained to your Hyundai.
  • Andrew Butler
    signed 2018-02-27 08:07:57 -0500
  • Kirk Wangensteen
    signed 2018-02-27 08:07:18 -0500
    It is insane that Philadelphia does not have barrier-protected bike lanes that cross the city by now, especially that there has been funding to do this for years. We need to replace our city Council members with true progressives.
  • Michael Foley
    signed 2018-02-27 08:06:14 -0500
  • Clifford Latney
    signed 2018-02-27 08:04:50 -0500
    I was at that meeting to educate these rules
  • Dan Shelly
    signed 2018-02-27 07:49:14 -0500
  • Ron Emrich
    signed 2018-02-27 07:37:55 -0500
  • patricia derrick
    signed 2018-02-27 07:30:31 -0500
  • Mark Newell
    signed 2018-02-27 07:15:38 -0500
  • Mara Jackel
    signed 2018-02-27 07:08:01 -0500
  • Daniel Remer
    signed 2018-02-27 06:50:29 -0500
  • Alex Ficken
    signed 2018-02-27 06:50:12 -0500
  • Keith Britton
    signed via 2018-02-27 06:34:58 -0500
  • Brian Moore
    signed 2018-02-27 00:54:48 -0500
  • Michael Nixon
    signed 2018-02-27 00:05:45 -0500
  • Lynn McGovern
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-26 20:24:59 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Peter Frank
    signed via 2018-02-26 19:28:50 -0500
  • Angela Marchetti
    signed 2018-02-26 17:20:02 -0500
  • Walton Van Winkle
    signed 2018-02-26 17:08:46 -0500
  • Chris Hill
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-26 17:03:48 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Chris Hill
    signed 2018-02-26 17:01:37 -0500
    I use the bike lanes in this city every day. Not only are the existing lanes deteriorating, but we need a more complete network, and we need enforcement of the lanes as reserved for bikes only.
  • Jennifer Donsky
    signed 2018-02-26 16:54:23 -0500
  • Keelia Murnane
    signed 2018-02-26 16:49:20 -0500
  • Bob Curley
    signed 2018-02-26 16:17:25 -0500
  • Kenny Whitebloom
    signed 2018-02-26 16:09:50 -0500
  • mae sakharov
    signed via 2018-02-26 16:08:05 -0500