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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  • Logan Welde
    signed 2016-07-26 16:39:04 -0400
  • Kelly Piasecki
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:58 -0400
    South broad looks amazing without a mishmash of illegally parked private vehicles cluttering it up. It feels safer too! Keep our main thoroughfare free of illegally parked cars! We are a first class city, so as Mayor, please take this opportunity to make it truly look like one.
  • Michael-Andrew Carrington
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:56 -0400
    Please keep the center clear. It’s time to lift our gaze.
  • Paul Mirabello
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:55 -0400
  • Alon Abramson
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:38 -0400
  • Shani Ferguson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-26 16:38:23 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Shani Ferguson
    @Ratphooey tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:38:20 -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=442971
  • Michael Krasulski
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-26 16:38:20 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Adam Leiter
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:12 -0400
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2016-07-26 16:38:04 -0400
  • Michael Krasulski
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:56 -0400
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:52 -0400
    Marcus Ferreira
  • Nicholas Pupik
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:47 -0400
  • Kristopher Berr
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:46 -0400
  • Steven Seminelli
    @SteveSem tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-26 16:37:32 -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=8264
  • Emily Morton-Owens
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:25 -0400
    Spruce and Pine Streets next please!
  • Steven Seminelli
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:20 -0400
  • Sadie Robinson
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:14 -0400
  • William Henderson
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:10 -0400
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  • David Laverdure
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:08 -0400
  • Greg Phillips
    signed 2016-07-26 16:37:06 -0400
  • Brian Collins
    signed 2016-07-26 16:36:51 -0400
  • Paul Grossman
    signed 2016-07-26 16:36:45 -0400
    I live on the 1700 block of Ellsworth and I fully support enforcing the rules. I find it dangerous every time I drive down Broad and try to turn left. I’m also always afraid someone’s door is going to open into traffic.
  • Sarah Kolansky
    signed 2016-07-26 16:36:15 -0400
  • Thomas Halpin
    signed 2016-07-26 16:35:20 -0400
  • Shawn Styles
    signed 2016-07-26 16:35:14 -0400
  • Omar Rosa
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-26 16:33:53 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Omar Rosa
    signed 2016-07-26 16:31:37 -0400
  • David Curtis
    signed 2016-07-26 16:17:56 -0400
  • 5th Square
    published this page in Action 2016-07-26 15:44:27 -0400