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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  • Rich Urbani
    signed 2018-02-24 10:36:05 -0500
  • Andrew Thomas
    @randomswathe tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-24 10:29:00 -0500
    Sign the petition: No More City Council Bike Lane Power Grabs
  • Andrew Thomas
    signed 2018-02-24 10:28:35 -0500
  • Ryan Lohbauer
    signed 2018-02-24 09:56:17 -0500
  • Sarah Stevenson
    signed 2018-02-24 09:42:22 -0500
    It is entirely possible for all of us – on wheels and foot – to travel safely together in Philadelphia.
  • Christopher Bartolo
    signed 2018-02-24 09:41:20 -0500
  • Beth Connor
    signed 2018-02-24 09:40:12 -0500
  • Paige Miller
    signed 2018-02-24 09:00:04 -0500
  • Maureen Shanahan
    signed 2018-02-24 08:59:08 -0500
  • lance Lau
    signed 2018-02-24 08:40:54 -0500
  • Christiana Son
    signed 2018-02-24 08:39:30 -0500
    I use the Chestnut bike lanes everyday to get to school. I need them protected; some of Philadelphia drivers are the most aggressive I’ve ever seen. Blackwell is not serving the community of people she has committed to.
  • Corey Acri
    signed 2018-02-24 08:25:07 -0500
  • Maria Go
    signed 2018-02-24 08:16:36 -0500
  • Leigh Ann Campbell
    signed 2018-02-24 08:06:23 -0500
  • Joshua Gomes
    signed via 2018-02-24 08:03:19 -0500
  • Barry Grossman
    signed 2018-02-24 08:03:12 -0500
    Some readers see that Philadelphia has a first ranking as a bike friendly city & it encourages them to visit.
  • Todd Baylson
    signed 2018-02-24 07:50:11 -0500
  • Leya Williams-Albert
    signed 2018-02-24 07:28:29 -0500
  • Elizabeth Tooher
    signed 2018-02-24 07:25:13 -0500
  • Stephanie thaw
    signed 2018-02-24 07:15:52 -0500
  • Sherri Kaplan
    signed 2018-02-24 05:24:26 -0500
  • Thomas Aiken
    signed 2018-02-24 05:02:14 -0500
  • brent archer
    signed 2018-02-23 23:30:38 -0500
  • Oliver Lyons
    signed 2018-02-23 22:44:42 -0500
    Philadelphia needs more protected bike lanes now! The city council bill moves in the wrong direction.
  • Liesl Jandrey
    signed 2018-02-23 22:44:22 -0500
  • Robert Duplessis
    signed 2018-02-23 22:32:31 -0500
    Every civilized city in the United States and the world leaves the implementation of bicycle safety measures to experts in traffic safety, not to NIMBY people who react out of ignorance and an inability to understand the common good. City Council should be acting to increase safe mobility, which will also have the wonderful added benefit of helping clean up our city’s filthy air. So do NOT pass this legislation—instead, vote it down.
  • Joanna Bottaro
    signed 2018-02-23 22:28:49 -0500
  • Timothy P Carey
    signed 2018-02-23 22:20:28 -0500
  • Patricia Tahan
    signed 2018-02-23 22:17:56 -0500
  • Anthony Fasano
    signed 2018-02-23 22:13:44 -0500