Mayor Kenney: Keep South Broad Safe, Enforce Parking Rules

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During the DNC, the Kenney administration began enforcing parking rules on South Broad, and the street already looks and feels better. More importantly, the street is safer, too. No more blocked turning lanes; no more drivers and passengers suddenly exiting vehicles in the center of the street; no more pedestrians suddenly popping out from between parked vehicles; no more dangerous traffic conflicts as drivers in the left-hand lane try to parallel park in the median.

That's why we're urging the Kenney administration to direct the Philadelphia Police Department to continue enforcing parking rules on South Broad Street after the DNC ends.

The median parking is dangerous and ugly, and yet no one has been willing to touch it for fear of political blowback. As Kenney himself has said, Broad Street median parking is "not a good thing" for safety. After all, the practice is illegal in the first place, and for good reason.

Mayor Kenney committed to a "Vision Zero" policy for street safety during his 2015 campaign, and South Broad is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the entire city. Median parking plays an important part in that.

The median only contains about 200 (illegal) parking spaces spread over 16 blocks, in a neighborhood of about 40,000 residents, so there isn't a significant amount of parking at stake. Many of the current vehicles are rarely moved, and it's not uncommon to see many New Jersey plates from New Jersey commuters who use the median like a Park 'n Ride.

The Kenney administration should kick off a new initiative with PHS and other design groups to beautify and further improve safety on the South Broad median with planters, greenery, and more generous pedestrian space as part of his Vision Zero campaign. The Mural Arts median makeover for the DNC showed what could be done, but it's time for local elected leaders to start thinking bigger about a South Broad Street that puts pedestrians first.

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  • Matt Skolnik
    signed 2016-07-26 16:50:34 -0400
  • Dena Driscoll
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-26 16:50:22 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Dena Driscoll
    @bikemamadelphia tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:50:20 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=223
  • Dena Driscoll
    signed 2016-07-26 16:50:03 -0400
    For the safety of families not the convenience of some drivers.
  • Sara Hirschler
    signed 2016-07-26 16:49:17 -0400
    Sara Hirschler
  • William Friel
    signed 2016-07-26 16:47:47 -0400
    No Parking! South Broad looks much nicer and driving is far safer!

    And just think of all the extra money PPA will make (and not give to the School District).
  • Andrew Ortega
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-26 16:47:39 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Andrew Ortega
    signed 2016-07-26 16:47:05 -0400
    It might of taken out of town guests to happen but now the cars are gone we simply can’t go back to the chaos of before !
  • June Armstrong
    signed 2016-07-26 16:46:54 -0400
    Mayor Kenney, you know it takes many small steps to enact big change. Here’s something small you can do to make South Philadelphia more beautiful and safe!
  • Nicholas Mulligan
    signed 2016-07-26 16:46:12 -0400
    Let’s rid Broad Street of this parochial parking foolishness for good. Be bold, Mayor Kenney!
  • Dwayne Wharton
    signed 2016-07-26 16:45:55 -0400
    Would love to see protected bike lanes!
  • Frank Baldino
    signed 2016-07-26 16:45:47 -0400
  • Janet Kalter
    signed 2016-07-26 16:45:36 -0400
  • Brian Kall
    signed 2016-07-26 16:44:26 -0400
  • Joseph Celentano
    @JCelentanoPHL tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:43:51 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=458260
  • Benjamin Weber
    @benweber88 tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:43:30 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=448789
  • Benjamin Weber
    signed 2016-07-26 16:43:15 -0400
  • Joseph Celentano
    signed 2016-07-26 16:43:06 -0400
  • Samuel Gordon
    signed 2016-07-26 16:42:53 -0400
  • Michael Colligan
    signed 2016-07-26 16:42:32 -0400
    Please also enforce this rule in Pennsport on Moyamensing Avenue.
  • Jason Paluch
    signed 2016-07-26 16:41:31 -0400
  • Patrick Grossi
    signed 2016-07-26 16:41:30 -0400
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2016-07-26 16:41:21 -0400
  • Joe Boruchow
    signed 2016-07-26 16:41:17 -0400
  • Nick DeJulius
    signed 2016-07-26 16:40:44 -0400
    Do it!
  • Christine Keller
    @christinezilla tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:40:44 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over http://www.5thsq.org/south_broad_parking?recruiter_id=458259
  • Christine Keller
    signed 2016-07-26 16:40:27 -0400
  • Aaron Bauman
    signed 2016-07-26 16:39:43 -0400
  • Ethan Solomon
    signed 2016-07-26 16:39:32 -0400
  • Gail Massey
    signed 2016-07-26 16:39:05 -0400