Policy Agenda

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Fix South Broad Street

South Broad Street should become a neighborhood boulevard, not an arterial for through-traffic.Every Philadelphian deserves access to a safer South Broad Street. Whether you live or work on the street or simply travel through it on foot, by bus, by bike, or by car, South Broad can be made safer and more welcoming for all by enforcing existing parking regulations and by putting the median space to better use as either a landscaped median, a protected multi-use path, or some combination of both when PennDOT redesigns and repaves the street. Continue reading

Free Transfers

SEPTA Key has made it much easier to pay for transit, but SEPTA has refused to eliminate one of the most inconvenient and counterproductive parts of their fare policy: the $1 transfer penalty. Continue reading

Fast-Track 'Vision Zero' in Philadelphia

Between 2008 and 2012, Philadelphia witnessed 8,690 crashes involving 9,051 pedestrians. These crashes caused 376 major injuries and 158 deaths. None of these pedestrian deaths was inevitable. Traffic collisions will always exist, to some extent, but we know how to reduce their frequency and we know how to reduce the likelihood of fatalities. Continue reading

Universal SEPTA Passes for All Colleges

Unlimited access to Philadelphia's network of subways, trolleys, and buses should come included with tuition or employment at all of the city’s colleges and universities*. Elected officials should work to encourage SEPTA and academic leadership to embrace the model established by the University of Pittsburgh and the Port Authority of Allegheny County, in which heavily discounted transit passes are automatically included in tuition and compensation packages for students and university employees, respectively. Continue reading

Protected Bike Lanes in Every Neighborhood

Protected bike lanes (PBLs) are separated from traffic by a lane of parked cars, or a row of bollards, or a concrete curb. 5th Square demands that the Kenney administration keep Mayor Kenney's campaign promise of installing 30 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of his first term in 2019—a commitment that would require a drastic ramp-up from the minimal activity that's taken place in the first half of Kenney's term. Continue reading

No City Council Approval for New Bike Lanes

In 2012, City Council took over control of street restriping for bike lanes and other alterations involving removal of travel lanes, parking lanes, or turns lanes. This legislation makes Philly the only big city in the U.S. where installation of new bike lanes require a City Council ordinance. Not surprisingly, our bike lane striping rates have fallen off a cliff since 2012. Continue reading

Bring Back City-Wide Street Sweeping

It’s time to start taking the Filthadelphia issue seriously as a municipal problem. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, for just $5.8 million a year we could sweep every street in the city once a week, and it would also cost only $12 million up front to buy the sweepers. Continue reading

Eliminate Minimum Parking Requirements

Minimum parking requirements for residential, office, and mixed-use developments are a regressive hidden tax on non-drivers that subsidizes drivers. This regressive subsidy has no place in a city that has committed to honoring our obligations under the Paris agreement, signed onto a plan to reduce building energy and transportation emissions in our central business district by 2030, and experienced sinking transit ridership and revenues. About a third of Philadelphians either don’t have the means to own a vehicle or simply don’t want to own one, and this is especially true of the Millennials and Baby Boomers who have been moving here in recent years. If residents want to rent or buy just a house—without an unwanted parking space bundled in—they should have the freedom to do that. Continue reading

Finish Zoning Remapping

The 2012 zoning code reforms can’t work until City Council and the Planning Commission finish remapping all districts. The Planning Commission says they could complete zoning remapping by the end of Mayor Kenney's first term if they could hire additional staff, and they estimate that this would cost only $3 million. Continue reading