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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  • Julia Stone
    @juliainvivo tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-11 09:31:48 -0400
    Petition: Protected Bike Lane on Lombard Street
  • Julia Stone
    signed 2019-09-11 09:31:33 -0400
    I bike along Lombard frequently and love protected bike lanes. When I drive, I feel much safer on streets where bikes have their own lane, and even more so when it is a protected lane. I really don’t want to hurt anyone with my car, and being an imperfect human, I’m happy about getting some help from the infrastructure to achieve that goal.
  • Robert Hedges-Goettl
    signed 2019-09-11 09:21:52 -0400
    I was run over by a car biking in Philadelphia and I no longer ride as a result.

    Give riders the safety they need so that they can continue to enjoy the benefits of riding for their health and our environment.
  • Derek Beyer
    signed 2019-09-11 08:08:09 -0400
  • Scott Gross
    signed 2019-09-11 01:37:44 -0400
  • Travis Skidmore
    signed 2019-09-10 23:51:22 -0400
    Safe use of our roads for all its users. The Philadelphia School has had free reign to use Lombard Street as a staging area for school buses for years. It’s about time they participate in the community outside their walls, and follow some of the virtues they tout in their progressive education. From their website: " Core Values – We nurture, support, and sustain authentic, reciprocal relationships among individuals, groups, and communities "
  • Jeffrey Bussmann
    signed 2019-09-10 23:01:46 -0400
  • Darren Fallen
    signed 2019-09-10 22:25:44 -0400
  • Eric VonHofen
    signed 2019-09-10 21:03:08 -0400
    We need more bike lanes to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel. As a city that has pledge itself to Vision Zero, we need more bike lanes to increase the safety of those who live in the city.
  • Richard Johnson
    signed 2019-09-10 20:48:14 -0400
  • Judith Long
    signed 2019-09-10 20:35:42 -0400
    I bike on Lombard street many days of the week. We need a bicycle lane on this busy street. I also absolutely support insisting that that the Philadelphia School does not park school buses in the bicycle lane. It is dangerous and unneighborly. Do this before someone is killed.
  • Jesse Klaproth
    signed 2019-09-10 20:29:20 -0400
  • Amanda Soskin
    signed 2019-09-10 20:20:46 -0400
  • Susan Babbitt
    signed 2019-09-10 18:59:15 -0400
  • Alex Baugh
    signed 2019-09-10 17:47:20 -0400
    Get ‘er done Kenyatta
  • Sarah Davidson
    signed 2019-09-10 17:14:19 -0400
    I’ve been happy to see new protected bike lanes be built in the city since the Lombart Street bike lane was first proposed. Now is the time for this section of infrastructure to become reality. Philadelphia School, I’m excited to see you support improvements that will make your students and our neighborhood safer.
  • Meredith Stone
    signed 2019-09-10 16:52:49 -0400
    Meredith Stone
  • Thomas McLane
    signed 2019-09-10 16:41:49 -0400
  • Stacey Toseland
    signed 2019-09-10 16:10:21 -0400
  • Alexandra Jones
    signed 2019-09-10 15:59:05 -0400
  • Sherri Michalovic
    signed 2019-09-10 15:44:10 -0400
    This will keep the streets safer for vehicle, bikes, and pedestrians. Thank you.
  • Kyle Conner
    signed 2019-09-10 15:36:51 -0400
  • Roberta Camp
    signed 2019-09-10 15:20:56 -0400
  • Gareth Roberts
    signed 2019-09-10 15:06:12 -0400
  • Peter Willis
    signed 2019-09-10 15:01:44 -0400
  • Genevieve Tung
    signed 2019-09-10 14:50:25 -0400
  • Tom Fowler
    signed 2019-09-10 14:45:03 -0400
  • Stephanie thaw
    signed 2019-09-10 14:24:33 -0400
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  • Brian Howles
    signed 2019-09-10 14:21:18 -0400
  • Zachary Arestad
    signed 2019-09-10 14:20:37 -0400