Petition: We need a Protected Bike Lane for Lombard Street

Tell Councilmember Johnson and The Philadelphia School that we need a protected bicycle lane for Lombard Street.

Lombard Street from 22nd to 27th Streets in Center City is a heavily-traveled route for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.  It is also the primary means for people on bicycles to access the South Street Bridge to University City and the Schuylkill River Trail.  The South Street Bridge has the greatest amount of pedestrian and bicycle traffic in Pennsylvania.  A bicycle count in 2017 saw about 4,000 people riding bicycles on this stretch of Lombard Street on a weekly basis.  This vital cycling route deserves protections from motor vehicles that drive, park, and stop along this stretch. 

Protected bicycle lanes have been proven to reduce injuries among all street users, not just cyclists.  Additionally, a protected bicycle lane discourages bad cycling behavior such as sidewalk-riding.

The City is currently repaving this stretch of Lombard Street.  During this paving project, we have a small window of opportunity to make critical safety improvements for all who use Lombard St.  It is imperative that we act now!

The last round of street safety improvements saw protected bicycle lanes for South Street and for one block of 27th Street.  The originally-proposed protections along Lombard Street were shot down due to objections from Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson

Additionally compounding this issue, on Lombard St. west of 25th St., The private Philadelphia School stops its buses on the unprotected bicycle lane every day during the academic year.  These school buses can be found sitting and idling in these lanes for hours at a time, even during peak travel times for this street.

The City, the School District of Philadelphia, the Fitler Square Neighborhood Association, and local residents have all tried to work with the school to resolve this issue and move these buses to a space that would not jeopardize road users, however, we have not seen any change put into practice.  We know of at least one incident in the spring of 2019 where a cyclist was injured and required hospitalization due to the presence of these buses in the bicycle travel lanes.

In addition to our appeal to Councilmember Johnson, we are asking the Philadelphia School to be a good neighbor and enact a plan for its buses that will no longer endanger the neighborhood and the many users of Lombard Street.

2017 proposal from the City to adjust the Philadelphia School's bus loading off of Lombard Street:

oTIS proposal for Bus Loading

Sign our petition today to let Councilmember Johnson and The Philadelphia School know today that we need a safer Lombard Street for all of its road users.

Update 9/9/2019:  We have had productive conversations with The Philadelphia School regarding their usage of the Lombard Street bicycle lane for school bus loading:

The Philadelphia School, working with Philadelphia School District Transportation, has instructed its assigned bus company to conduct expeditious drop offs and pickups on the Lombard St bicycle lane, and to not use it for staging or idling. The Philadelphia School is also seriously willing to explore solutions to this ongoing issue and has recommended that the City reconvene meetings concerning a protected bike lane on Lombard St. with all the stakeholders involved.

See their letter regarding this issue here.

Progress is being made but we still need your signatures to demonstrate that there is significant support both locally and city-wide for a protected bicycle lane on Lombard.

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  • Bobby Szafranski
    signed 2019-09-23 14:17:53 -0400
    We need more protected bike lanes in the city.
  • Robert Baldry
    signed 2019-09-23 14:17:38 -0400
  • Nancy Geryk
    signed 2019-09-23 14:10:09 -0400
  • Krista Guerrieri
    signed 2019-09-23 14:06:38 -0400
  • Sophia Levin
    signed 2019-09-23 13:12:34 -0400
  • Dylan Fenton
    signed 2019-09-23 13:12:00 -0400
    I ride this stretch of road every workday, 12 months a year, along with many other cyclists headed toward the South St. bridge. A bicycle lane with increased protection would help reduce dangerous situations and promote Philadelphians to opt for a healthier and greener way to commute.
  • Wesley Cooper
    signed 2019-09-23 13:09:55 -0400
  • Howard Stone
    signed 2019-09-23 13:06:01 -0400
  • sam erin cirulis
    signed 2019-09-23 13:04:21 -0400
  • Sarah Francis
    signed 2019-09-23 12:56:21 -0400
  • Ernie Steiner
    signed 2019-09-23 12:52:47 -0400
    As a bicyclist and a retired RN, who worked in a hospital with a level 1 trauma unit, I urge you to put in a protected bike lane for the safety of all.
  • Anthony Principe
    signed 2019-09-23 12:30:36 -0400
    There needs to be more done for bike lanes throughout the city. Mainly the large amount of cars that park in bike lanes throughout the city everyday even with no parking signs. The city needs to start ticking cars that are parked in bike lanes. It makes it dangerous to have to constantly move in and out of the bike lane to avoid cars that shouldn’t be there.
  • Martin Alexion
    signed 2019-09-23 12:17:39 -0400
  • Shannon Walsh
    signed 2019-09-23 12:10:33 -0400
  • Cathi Tillman
    signed 2019-09-23 11:51:56 -0400
  • Dan Papa
    signed 2019-09-23 11:44:58 -0400
  • Victor Qi
    signed 2019-09-23 11:39:29 -0400
  • Kevin Vernia
    signed 2019-09-23 11:33:49 -0400
  • David Hincher
    signed 2019-09-23 11:33:43 -0400
    I use the South Street bridge almost every weekday for commuting to work. We need a protected bike lane on Lombard and ENFORCEMENT of NO PARKING in the bike lane on Pine Street. Seriously!!
  • Kelly Sebetka
    signed 2019-09-23 11:29:15 -0400
  • Owen Sindler
    signed 2019-09-23 11:24:19 -0400
    Hello Councilman Johnson.

    I often grocery shop with my bicycle. Having a bike lane on Lombard Street would make this 70 year old retired City employee feel much safer.

    Thanks for considering.

  • Ryan Cheng
    signed 2019-09-23 11:21:29 -0400
  • roberto deseda
    signed 2019-09-23 11:18:16 -0400
  • Aaron Todd
    signed 2019-09-23 11:17:50 -0400
  • Gail Massey
    signed 2019-09-23 11:13:32 -0400
    My son rides this route every weekday!
  • Gino J Capobianchi Jr
    signed 2019-09-23 11:09:27 -0400
  • Edyta Zielinska
    signed 2019-09-23 11:09:10 -0400
  • Alan Massey
    signed 2019-09-23 11:08:20 -0400
    I ride this road home from work every workday and it is in dire need of a protected bike lane. Too many people just park in the bike lane to make deliveries or to drop off and pick up passengers. This creates a very dangerous situation for the many bikers who use this road to commute.
  • Sheldon Isaac
    signed 2019-09-23 11:06:19 -0400
  • Tj Hunt
    signed 2019-09-23 11:05:16 -0400
    I bike home from work on this street every day, and almost every day I have to veer into traffic at least once due to vehicles parked in the bike lane — or worse, using it as a driving lane to get around slower traffic (which happens frequently)! A protected bike lane would prevent these issues and increase safety for everyone traveling on this street.