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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  • Don Knieriem
    signed 2019-09-10 11:28:21 -0400
  • Adelaida Medlock
    signed 2019-09-09 11:16:33 -0400
  • Nathan Winkler-Rhoades
    signed via 2019-09-08 23:11:28 -0400
    If ever there was a center city street in need of a protected bike lane it is this one. Many cyclists use the street, but many cars use the bike lane at peak hours to sidestep traffic. Please enact this sensible reform.
  • Aaron Ronksley
    signed 2019-09-08 17:49:55 -0400
  • Jeffrey Henstenburg
    signed 2019-09-07 13:21:29 -0400
  • Max Piana
    signed 2019-09-06 17:17:16 -0400
  • Madeleine Helmer
    signed 2019-09-06 17:13:11 -0400
  • Chris Plehal
    signed 2019-09-06 16:53:38 -0400
    I was riding my bike and got hit by an SUV last year. Broke my tibia and a finger. Don’t want that to happen again.
  • Francis Wells
    signed 2019-09-06 13:38:59 -0400
    I don’t trust y’all drivers. I want my 4 feet.
  • Logan Welde
    signed 2019-09-06 10:28:43 -0400
    Protected bike lanes save lives, and actually make drivers’ commutes better because more people start biking; relieving congestion.
  • Kevin Mulroy
    signed 2019-09-06 09:00:37 -0400
  • Carl Lysaght
    signed 2019-09-05 20:00:17 -0400
  • Laura Mansnerus
    signed 2019-09-05 18:50:04 -0400
    This is not just a nice idea. I was recently injured and required surgery when I crashed my bike to avoid a car that slammed across an unprotected bike lane.
  • Dianne Pulte
    signed 2019-09-05 18:49:34 -0400
  • Noah Lee
    signed 2019-09-05 17:56:44 -0400
  • Diane Frey
    signed 2019-09-05 12:59:41 -0400
  • Laura McAndrews
    signed 2019-09-05 12:41:52 -0400
  • Derek Rodenbeck
    signed 2019-09-05 12:30:13 -0400
    These bike lanes are needed!

    I have decided to stop riding on this street due to how many incidents I have observed. In addition to this I whitnessed on many occasions extremely aggressive driver behavior towards bikers. One incident that stands out was two men were driving in a mini van between 23rd and 25th street. They were trying to pass the traffic that built up on the left and they ran a biker off the road that was in the right lane. They stopped to try and fight the biker who was just riding on the side bikers are on saying that he was in the road and should get off. Myself and a few other individuals started to run over and when they saw a large group of people coming towards them they jetted off swerving into traffic to cross south street bridge.

    This level of aggressiveness though extreme is how bikers and killed. The biker was very lucky to be ok. If they city allows biking, the city should be responsible enough to add SAFE and CLEAR bike lanes in the street. That, or stop allowing people to bike and work on public transportation to make the city accessible.

    It’s unacceptable that anyone is killed or hurt riding their bike when the city can easy add safe bike lanes for bikers to use, and for drivers to clearly understand what it is used for. Also, fix 22nd street. It’s a mess.
  • Therese Madden
    signed 2019-09-05 11:09:21 -0400
  • Kelsey DeCerchio
    signed 2019-09-04 19:03:52 -0400
  • Ed Hein
    signed 2019-09-03 09:38:05 -0400
    I ride Lumbard and the South Street Bridge almost every day.
  • Hannah Ryan
    signed via 2019-09-03 09:34:48 -0400
  • Christine Hajduk
    signed 2019-09-03 09:20:04 -0400
  • Melanie Lane
    signed 2019-09-03 08:56:27 -0400
  • Jude Scarpello
    signed via 2019-09-03 08:50:26 -0400
    I approve
  • Lisa Scarpello
    signed via 2019-09-03 08:32:10 -0400
  • Alexander Milone
    signed 2019-09-03 08:01:04 -0400
    It’s beyond time for a protected bike lane on the approach to the busiest bridge in the city. At the very least the school should be reprimanded for idling dirty diesel engines for hours at a time.
  • Erin Smith
    signed 2019-09-03 07:16:14 -0400
  • Julietta Gervase
    signed 2019-09-02 22:52:53 -0400
  • Brian Mc Manus
    signed 2019-09-02 22:06:23 -0400
    I use this section of Lombard Street each day on my way to work from south Philadelphia to west Philadelphia. With school buses regularly parked in the bike lane, I must move around the buses into moving traffic. The situation is unacceptable. A better arrangement must be found.