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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  • Eliana Zimet
    signed 2019-09-23 11:00:12 -0400
  • Gayle Morrow
    signed 2019-09-23 10:56:26 -0400
    So sick of our 20th century auto-centric city putting cyclists’ lives in danger with your stubborn & idiotic refusal to realize every one but Philly has MOVED ON! Get some & do this, dammit!
  • James Zale
    signed 2019-09-23 10:54:53 -0400
  • emily perrotta
    signed 2019-09-23 10:54:40 -0400
  • Nigel Boyd
    signed 2019-09-23 10:52:37 -0400
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  • Flora Cardoni
    signed 2019-09-23 10:51:29 -0400
    We need more protected bike lanes throughout the city
  • Mary Jo Harris
    signed 2019-09-21 12:15:05 -0400
    Lombard Street is a natural for a bike lane. It is wide enough, for one thing, but it is also the logical, natural link to the South Street bridge and the Schuylkill River Trail.
  • Adrienne O'Hanlon
    signed via 2019-09-21 07:46:56 -0400
    I lived in S Philly for four years and as a bicyclist I have experienced these dangers near the South St Bridge personally. It is unsafe and needs a solution.
  • Michael Hulburt
    signed 2019-09-20 21:43:47 -0400
    I ride through this stretch of Lombard 5-6 days a week. It should be one of the easiest stretches of my commute, but instead it’s usually full of parked buses or cars drifting into the bike lane. It’s time for a protected bike lane from at least as far east as 22nd to the South St bridge.
  • Lily G
    signed via 2019-09-20 17:14:38 -0400
    I went to middle school at TPS back in 2006-2009. I remember getting on and off the bus everyday in this exact location. Now I commute 20 miles a day on my bike from South Philadelphia to Roxborough, passing TPS on Lombard Street every morning and having to squeeze into the road with cars in order to pass 1-2 buses. Loved the school, don’t love their buses parked in the bike lane.
  • Meagan Cusack
    signed 2019-09-20 16:48:21 -0400
  • Daniela Ascarelli
    signed via 2019-09-20 15:17:47 -0400
    I ride to work this way and dread when TPS is in session— jockeying between buses and cars is no fun.
  • Emily Boda
    signed 2019-09-20 14:46:05 -0400
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  • Michael Hanowitz
    signed 2019-09-20 11:57:34 -0400
  • Cassie Tran
    signed 2019-09-20 09:56:41 -0400
    I ride my bike in this bike lane weekly and it would be great for it to be more protected!
  • Peter Hecht
    signed 2019-09-20 06:27:35 -0400
    Peter R Hecht
  • Jerrold Adler
    signed 2019-09-19 22:11:09 -0400
  • Andrew Kirk
    signed 2019-09-19 19:50:10 -0400
  • Amanda Ackermann
    signed via 2019-09-19 18:45:58 -0400
  • Daniel Safer
    signed 2019-09-19 17:48:53 -0400
  • HamTech87
    @HamTech87 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-19 16:38:56 -0400
    Petition: Protected Bike Lane on Lombard Street in Philadelphia https://www.5thsq.org/protect_lombard_street?recruiter_id=457126
  • Robert Baron
    signed 2019-09-19 16:38:40 -0400
    I’m in Philadelphia a lot for business, pleasure and to visit my children at college. I walk, bike (Indego and bike shop rentals) and take transit. Expanding and improving the Protected Bike Lane network is desperately needed.
  • Lacey Althouse
    signed 2019-09-19 16:27:27 -0400
    Lacey R Althouse
  • Kara Regis
    signed via 2019-09-19 14:52:46 -0400
  • William Piccinni
    signed 2019-09-19 13:41:30 -0400
  • Gina Giaccardo
    signed 2019-09-19 13:27:23 -0400
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  • Vivian Ng
    signed 2019-09-19 13:16:01 -0400
  • Karen Guarino Spanton
    signed 2019-09-19 12:56:07 -0400
  • Cynthia Kwan
    signed 2019-09-19 12:10:12 -0400
    I bike this route a lot and I find it very scary to ride in the same lane as vehicles going very fast.
  • Andrew Katz
    signed 2019-09-19 11:58:21 -0400
    We need safer bike lanes.