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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  • Sandra Guillory
    @mparedjudgement tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-26 16:00:50 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Sandra Guillory
    signed 2018-02-26 16:00:26 -0500
  • Lindsey Allen
    signed 2018-02-26 15:44:52 -0500
    This is such a backwards bill, runs completely counter to the direction Philly should take in order to become a competitive, SAFE, 21st-century city!
  • Corey Crawford
    signed 2018-02-26 15:30:31 -0500
  • Nissa Eisenberg
    signed 2018-02-26 14:55:03 -0500
    I currently commute to/from work by bike, one of the highlights of living and working in the city. WE NEED BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE TO KEEP OUR RESIDENTS SAFE!!
  • Wesley Hanna
    signed 2018-02-26 14:48:14 -0500
    The question shouldn’t be if Philadelphia gets modern infrastructure, but where. The people that want to erect these barriers don’t gave a better idea of how to make the city cleaner, healthier, and safer than the mayor. They just want to stop the progress altogether. No? The come out publicly in favor of barriers on Spruce and Pine – the street you invite cyclists to ride on and then leave to die through inconsistent enforcement and neglect. Streets with physical barriers are the future. Stop keeping Philadelphia from being the world class city we all know it is.
  • Mark Licurse
    signed 2018-02-26 14:47:55 -0500
  • Andrew Mramor
    signed 2018-02-26 13:55:29 -0500
  • Jaclyn Davus
    signed 2018-02-26 13:54:59 -0500
  • Ellen Danish
    signed 2018-02-26 13:53:43 -0500
  • James Wells
    signed 2018-02-26 13:53:13 -0500
    James A Wells

    This is an awful idea that will move the city backward. Bike infrastructure is the future of Philadelphia and one of the reasons we’ve attracted so many new residents (and their tax dollars).
  • Maggie Mund
    signed 2018-02-26 13:51:07 -0500
  • Robert Blacksberg
    signed 2018-02-26 13:46:58 -0500
    Bike lanes make cars, bicycles and the people in them and on them safer. Support the mayor and Streets Department in making Philadelphia a safer place to live, drive and ride.

    Robert L Blacksberg
  • Robert Billet
    signed 2018-02-26 13:44:18 -0500
  • Chris Spencer
    signed 2018-02-26 13:42:18 -0500
  • Andrew Donaldson-Evans
    signed 2018-02-26 13:41:46 -0500
  • Claudia Pop
    signed 2018-02-26 13:30:27 -0500
    City council members who not only sit back and watch bikers be unnecessarily killed but take steps to prevent protected bike lanes should be ashamed of themselves and voted out. Voters will remember! Protect all commuters!
  • David D'Alba
    signed 2018-02-26 13:27:51 -0500
    I would love for my 11 year old daughter to have the ability to bike to school. Currently she walks 1 mile each way to her neighborhood school because biking isn’t an option. She’s small for her age, so it takes her 30 minutes to walk each way (1 hour total). I think biking would cut that time in half, if safe bicycle infrastructure were in place. Everyone should be safe on our roadways. Not just adults, not just the elite, not just the unimpaired. Cycling should be a fast, cheap, healthy way to commute for everyone.
  • Richard Herendeen
    signed 2018-02-26 13:22:51 -0500
  • Davis Dure
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-26 13:21:22 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Theo. A. Artz
    signed 2018-02-26 13:20:28 -0500
  • Davis Dure
    signed 2018-02-26 13:20:13 -0500
  • Jennifer Corry
    signed 2018-02-26 13:12:07 -0500
  • Alissa Weiss
    signed 2018-02-26 13:12:02 -0500
    Bike lanes save lives, and, after working to inform and engage the public, the experts – and not the electeds – should make the decisions on where/how to site lanes.
  • Brett John
    signed 2018-02-26 12:49:21 -0500
    Brett John
  • Rachel Connor
    signed 2018-02-26 12:19:56 -0500
  • Ian Smith
    signed 2018-02-26 11:35:02 -0500
  • Anya Tyska
    signed 2018-02-26 11:17:34 -0500
    Street network improvements should not rely on residents’ preferences for curbside loading along bike routes. Safety of all relies on the network. Philly needs progress here not backpedaling.
  • Nate Hammitt
    signed 2018-02-26 10:23:54 -0500
  • Boston Gordon
    signed 2018-02-26 10:15:15 -0500