City Council: Keep Philly Pedestrians Safe. Pass the Protected Walkway Bill

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Do you believe pedestrians deserve safe and open sidewalks?

Mayor Jim Kenney ran for election in 2015 pledging to increase protections for pedestrians near construction sites, and reduce excessive sidewalk closures that put people in danger.

Currently there's a bill in City Council that helps fulfill that promise by promoting more protected walkways on streets next to construction sites, like the one near The Gallery that Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron wrote about recently. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Helen Gym, Mark Squilla, Derek Green, Allan Domb, and Jannie Blackwell. 

Sign and share this petition asking City Council to pass Bill No. 161108 if you believe pedestrian safety should come first.

This bill is a positive first step in what we hope will be a raft of pro-pedestrian Vision Zero legislation from City Council this year, including daylighting more corners and crosswalks, increasing enforcement against illegal parking, creating more mid-block crossings, and fast-tracking redesigns of notorious intersections.

Sign and share the petition on Facebook today to help us grow the coalition for safer streets, and push Bill 161108 over the line.

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  • Janet Elfring
    signed 2017-01-07 06:24:05 -0500
    Janet Elfring
  • Edward Thorpe
    signed 2017-01-07 02:15:53 -0500
    Other “World Cities” have had protected pedestrian laws for decades. The low bar is no longer good enough for Philadelphia – it’s time to catch up!
  • Paul Tioxon
    signed 2017-01-07 01:37:52 -0500
    Yes, please don’t kill passers by while making the city new and interesting. It is the job of the state, if nothing else, to protect and defend the lives of its citizens or else, what is the point of the citizen sacrificing all to preserve the state on into the future as refuge from destructive forces whether natural or man made.
  • Ruth Crispin
    signed 2017-01-07 00:57:40 -0500
    But why not make them attractive? Safety and elegance aren’t incompatible!
  • Charlies Biando
    signed 2017-01-07 00:28:31 -0500
  • karen donofrio
    signed 2017-01-06 23:33:22 -0500
  • Samuel Lightcap
    signed 2017-01-06 22:16:01 -0500
  • Ashley Steigerwalt
    signed 2017-01-06 22:10:26 -0500
  • Jan Roberts
    signed via 2017-01-06 21:51:31 -0500
  • Heather Speirs
    signed via 2017-01-06 21:45:20 -0500
  • Susanne Kaplan
    signed via 2017-01-06 21:25:00 -0500
  • Manfred Weis
    signed 2017-01-06 21:23:12 -0500
  • Bonnie Clause
    signed via 2017-01-06 21:05:30 -0500
  • Irene Amadio
    signed 2017-01-06 20:34:22 -0500
    Please make it safer for pedestrians in Philadelphia. I’m tired of being fearful to walk and cross the street in this city!
  • Brian Krisch
    signed 2017-01-06 20:00:44 -0500
  • Daniel McNichol
    @dnlmc tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-06 19:21:04 -0500
    Sign the petition: Tell @PHLCouncil to put pedestrian safety first, and pass the protected walkway bill http://www.5thsq.org/protected_walkways?recruiter_id=446648
  • Daniel McNichol
    signed 2017-01-06 19:20:33 -0500
  • Shani Ferguson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-06 19:03:53 -0500
    Sign the petition: Tell @PHLCouncil to put pedestrian safety first, and pass the protected walkway bill
  • Shani Ferguson
    @Ratphooey tweeted link to this page. 2017-01-06 19:03:51 -0500
    Sign the petition: Tell @PHLCouncil to put pedestrian safety first, and pass the protected walkway bill http://www.5thsq.org/protected_walkways?recruiter_id=442971
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2017-01-06 19:03:29 -0500
  • Amanda Turske
    signed 2017-01-06 18:43:53 -0500
  • Nicole Perkins
    signed 2017-01-06 18:33:56 -0500
  • Brian Shumsky
    signed 2017-01-06 18:23:59 -0500
  • April Schneider
    signed 2017-01-06 18:22:20 -0500
  • Jeremy Moore
    signed 2017-01-06 18:21:53 -0500
  • Steve Lang
    signed via 2017-01-06 18:21:31 -0500
  • Kyle Martin
    signed via 2017-01-06 18:19:44 -0500
  • Laura Burt
    signed 2017-01-06 18:10:14 -0500
    Laura Burt
  • Barbara Katz
    signed 2017-01-06 17:47:34 -0500
  • Ed Hein
    signed 2017-01-06 17:46:49 -0500