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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  • Dane Wells
    signed 2019-09-19 08:42:52 -0400
  • Scott Valentine
    signed 2019-09-19 08:38:54 -0400
  • paul allen
    signed 2019-09-19 08:19:12 -0400
    When I drive my car I love running over cyclists and killing them. However…now that I ride a bike I’ve decided that is wrong. Please…help cyclist live.
  • Ashley Holland
    signed 2019-09-19 08:13:08 -0400
    Please please please!
  • Len Gerber
    signed 2019-09-19 08:06:46 -0400
    Bike lanes save lives(as long as the autos stay OUT of the bike lanes)
  • Lawrence Hall
    signed 2019-09-19 07:56:55 -0400
  • Michael Zuckerman
    signed 2019-09-19 07:49:39 -0400
    Michael Zuckerman
  • Karen Lefkovitz
    signed 2019-09-19 07:39:08 -0400
  • Joseph Evans
    signed 2019-09-19 07:32:18 -0400
  • Lawrence Shaeffer
    signed 2019-09-19 07:29:43 -0400
    Lawrence F Shaeffer
  • Abram Taber
    signed 2019-09-19 07:12:57 -0400
    I ride home to West Philly along Lombard St. from my teaching job at a public elementary school in Point Breeze. Even when there was a painted bike lane, I still had cars swing into the lane, blocking my way and forcing to either ride slowly, wait for them to move, or enter traffic to go around them. One of these was even a SEPTA Connect bus (whose driver then yelled at me for getting in HIS way)! There must be a painted and/or protected bike lane along this road as these issues will continue at a more serious and dangerous rate with no clearly marked bike lane. Please make sure I can make it home safely to my wife, son and soon to be born daughter, as well as return each day to teach music to my students in South Philadelphia.
  • Beth Burke
    signed 2019-09-19 07:09:21 -0400
  • Brian McKenna
    signed 2019-09-18 14:35:59 -0400
  • Candace Adams
    signed 2019-09-17 03:00:19 -0400
    I am of two minds. I ride to work in West Philly and currently take Washington to 22nd and pick up on lombard closer to the protected bike lane to get over the bridge. The street has a bus line and I would feel safer if there were a bike lane the entire route. The other side is that it’s a busy street as is during rush hour and removing a lane for the bike lane would probably make traffic worse.

  • Denise McKeon
    signed 2019-09-14 18:14:18 -0400
  • Anya Saretzky
    signed 2019-09-13 14:31:12 -0400
  • Douglas Petty
    signed 2019-09-12 14:34:09 -0400
  • Charles Loomis
    signed 2019-09-12 13:45:51 -0400
    Charles Loomis
  • Andrew Ettenger
    signed 2019-09-11 22:03:24 -0400
    I bike this stretch every weekday.
  • Hannah Boroff
    signed 2019-09-11 21:51:16 -0400
  • Stephen Taylor
    signed 2019-09-11 21:31:58 -0400
  • Frank Ortiz
    signed 2019-09-11 20:10:14 -0400
  • Ashley Robinson
    signed 2019-09-11 17:34:02 -0400
  • George Rhodes
    signed via 2019-09-11 17:00:15 -0400
    I bike to work and I vote.
  • Matthew Rowe
    signed 2019-09-11 16:48:56 -0400
  • Noel Petrie
    signed 2019-09-11 13:54:29 -0400
    Noel Petrie
  • Amy Kirby
    signed via 2019-09-11 12:23:26 -0400
  • Kate Mundie
    @katebikemom tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-11 12:17:50 -0400
    Petition: Protected Bike Lane on Lombard Street
  • Kate Mundie
    signed 2019-09-11 12:17:38 -0400
    Kate Mundie It’s a bike lane, not a loading zone, not a parking lane, not a ’I’m only going to be here a minute’ stopping zone, not a bus loading zone, not a church parking place, not car storage, not a UPS/FEDEX delivery spot, not a school dropoff/pickup spot. It is for moving humans on bikes safely from one part of the city to another.
  • Bre D'Antonio
    signed 2019-09-11 09:54:00 -0400
    Please pursue the protected bike lane! Cyclists like myself feel much safer when the lane is protected.