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. 

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  • Brandon Gussoni
    signed 2018-02-26 09:12:54 -0500
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  • Kevin Collison
    signed 2018-02-26 08:08:18 -0500
  • Bart Everts
    signed 2018-02-26 07:35:43 -0500
  • Stanley Horwitz
    signed 2018-02-26 05:05:21 -0500
    Please repave bike lanes disrupted by construction ASAP. This is a matter of life and death.
  • Ali Kronley
    signed 2018-02-26 00:35:34 -0500
  • Mp Tumelty
    signed 2018-02-25 22:14:26 -0500
    Why does city council think they’re more qualified than engineers and planners to make these divisions?Leave it to the experts.
  • David Blizzard
    signed 2018-02-25 21:59:17 -0500
  • Meaghan Conroy
    signed 2018-02-25 21:07:13 -0500
  • Christopher Lankenau
    signed 2018-02-25 19:30:51 -0500
  • Edward McGrath
    signed 2018-02-25 18:06:40 -0500
  • Lyn N
    signed 2018-02-25 14:54:27 -0500
  • Alyssa Cole
    signed 2018-02-25 14:14:49 -0500
  • Daniel Jones
    signed 2018-02-25 13:23:08 -0500
  • Alex Lubneuski
    signed 2018-02-25 13:11:26 -0500
  • Ron Deets
    signed 2018-02-25 12:33:52 -0500
  • Amy Wilson
    signed 2018-02-25 11:45:50 -0500
  • Madeline Luebbert
    signed 2018-02-25 11:28:10 -0500
  • Alexander Boatman
    signed 2018-02-25 10:29:52 -0500
  • Kevin McNeal
    signed 2018-02-25 10:00:56 -0500
  • Michele Koskinen
    signed 2018-02-25 09:55:05 -0500
    Change is hard but the protected lanes are a great idea. We do need to try and solve the delivery problem across the city and also the ability of residents to unload and load things on one lane streets. Europe has great examples of a bike to work culture and it seems to work with cars. Education on why people bike needs to be more public and bikers need to follow the rules of the road just like cars at intersections, and staying in lanes if no bike lane is available.
  • Christina Chimi
    signed 2018-02-25 09:52:40 -0500
  • Jay Roth
    signed 2018-02-25 08:53:52 -0500
  • Thomas Smyth
    signed 2018-02-25 08:21:58 -0500
  • Michael Warhola
    signed 2018-02-25 00:22:30 -0500
  • Robert Rabena
    signed via 2018-02-24 23:26:44 -0500
  • R Perry
    signed 2018-02-24 22:54:43 -0500
  • Benjamin Duffy
    signed 2018-02-24 21:11:39 -0500
  • Manfred Weis
    signed 2018-02-24 20:26:01 -0500
  • Ruth Brown
    signed 2018-02-24 19:53:21 -0500
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  • Kimberly Hahn
    signed 2018-02-24 19:34:11 -0500