Mayor Kenney: Keep South Broad Safe, Enforce Parking Rules



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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  • Catherine Conner
    signed 2016-07-29 11:41:40 -0400
  • Janneken Smucker
    signed 2016-07-29 11:23:32 -0400
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  • Megan Heckert
    signed 2016-07-29 10:45:05 -0400
  • Aaron Ultimo
    signed via 2016-07-29 09:51:41 -0400
    Keep it going. South Broad looks so nice and feels safer when I’m on my bike or scooter.
  • Michelle Friedman
    signed 2016-07-29 09:43:05 -0400
  • Greg Schanne
    signed via 2016-07-29 09:26:37 -0400
  • Emilie LaRosa
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-29 09:12:07 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Emilie LaRosa
    @emilieckl tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-29 09:12:04 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Emilie LaRosa
    signed via 2016-07-29 09:10:18 -0400
    Yes! Yes! Yes!
  • Brian Agness
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    signed 2016-07-29 08:20:25 -0400
  • Annie DiAntonio
    signed 2016-07-29 08:13:08 -0400
    Broad St. free of cars looks better, feels better and is safer for everyone!
  • Jacob Reeder
    signed 2016-07-29 08:11:39 -0400
  • Katie Shields
    signed 2016-07-29 08:03:16 -0400
  • Michael Ritzius
    signed 2016-07-29 08:00:13 -0400
    Smarter car policy over disregarding rules when we feel like it
  • Theodore Schmiechen
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    signed 2016-07-29 06:44:56 -0400
  • Michael Nixon
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-29 04:55:01 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
  • Michael Nixon
    @michaelsnixon tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-29 04:54:58 -0400
    [email protected]PhillyMayor please keep enforcing the South Broad parking rules after the #DNCinPHL is over
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