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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  • Joshua Saks
    signed 2019-09-10 14:16:52 -0400
    Joshua Saks
  • Paul Gondek
    signed 2019-09-10 14:11:08 -0400
  • William Fisher
    signed 2019-09-10 13:55:08 -0400
    I live very close by and ride my bicycle often down Lombard St., sometimes feeling in great danger. Protected bike lanes keep me in my place, and the cars in their place, and we can all get along. Protected bike lanes help car traffic too.
  • Mandy Smith
    signed 2019-09-10 13:42:35 -0400
  • Joshua Block
    signed 2019-09-10 13:40:15 -0400
    Joshua H Block
  • Jackie Weidman
    signed 2019-09-10 13:39:16 -0400
  • William Gaetz
    signed 2019-09-10 13:33:08 -0400
  • Zachary King
    signed 2019-09-10 13:28:00 -0400
  • Bethany Hornak
    signed 2019-09-10 13:27:09 -0400
    Please protect vulnerable road users! Protected bike lanes decrease accidents and provide a clear message that the road is intended to be shared with other many users besides drivers of cars, including pedestrians (of which many in the area are school children!)
  • Bruce Dorpalen
    signed 2019-09-10 13:26:49 -0400
  • Philip Hafner
    signed 2019-09-10 13:24:43 -0400
    Philip Hafner
  • Sean Callahan
    signed 2019-09-10 13:24:26 -0400
    Sean R Callahan
  • Susanna Martin
    signed 2019-09-10 13:21:18 -0400
    Susanna Martin
  • Jillian Bird
    signed 2019-09-10 13:16:47 -0400
  • Gladys Guardia
    signed 2019-09-10 13:14:41 -0400
  • Meredith Jones
    signed 2019-09-10 13:12:23 -0400
  • Deb Stagg
    signed 2019-09-10 13:12:15 -0400
    With no enforcement of no U-turns even on the bridge, this may be the best we can do. Usually the flexible delineator posts get broken by autos; note the ones on the bridge which have all been broken, leaving no physical separation. Enforcement would be nice.
  • Benjamin Daniels
    signed 2019-09-10 13:11:32 -0400
    Many more bike lanes are needed in this city.
  • Stephen Moosbrugger
    signed 2019-09-10 13:10:56 -0400
  • Jason Sandman
    signed 2019-09-10 13:10:44 -0400
  • Rory Boyle
    signed 2019-09-10 13:09:24 -0400
    Rory Boyle
  • James Weed
    signed 2019-09-10 13:08:54 -0400
    Anyone using the South St bridge to bike from Center City to West Philly uses Lombard at some point. It would be great to use it without having to constantly swerve into traffic to avoid illegally parked cars and trucks.
  • Drew Parker
    signed 2019-09-10 13:07:44 -0400
    This is a matter of life-and-death safety for my daily cycle commute from South Philly to University City via the South Street Bridge.
  • Hank Garrett
    signed 2019-09-10 13:05:47 -0400
  • Lizzie Hessek
    signed 2019-09-10 13:04:34 -0400
  • Julie Britton
    signed 2019-09-10 13:04:22 -0400
  • Rebecca Levine
    signed 2019-09-10 13:03:55 -0400
  • Mary Peacock
    signed 2019-09-10 13:03:14 -0400
  • Zoltan Szilagyi
    signed 2019-09-10 13:02:29 -0400
  • Christopher Buonomo
    signed 2019-09-10 13:01:42 -0400