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Cadence Youth Cycling Meet Mayor, Council to Discuss Youth-Focused Issues

Cadence Youth Cycling students, Rails to Trails staff, Bicycle Coalition staff, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

Cadence Youth Cycling leadership squad, Rails to Trails staff, Bicycle Coalition staff, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

Last week, the Cadence Youth Cycling Cycle Squad signed up to attend City Hall for Lobby Day with three goals in mind: Get the mayor and City Councilmembers to listen to them regarding the Delaware Watershed, The Circuit, and a Vision Zero policy for Philadelphia. Students Coleman Milligan, Tamia Santiago, Sykheem Adams, Marlina Hardy, Joshua Walton, Krystal Philson, Taevon Oliver, and Allen Williams, then, were largely successful in their endeavors.

“I wanted them to come back and understand that their voice is important,” says Cy Maramangalam, Cadence Program Manager, who accompanied the students to City Hall. “And I wanted them to know what can be done – even as a teenager – that they can take steps forward to make change on the issues that they care about.”

Throughout the day, students met with Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and the staff of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, to speak about the issues with which they were concerned. Among them: Wanting to make the roads safer, cleaning up the pot holes, cleaning up the roads, (sometimes broken glass will steer them into the middle of the road, students said). They also spoke about the ideas behind Vision Zero and advocacted for that to the city’s leadership. Check out the images below to see how their day went.

 

Cadence students Krystal  Philson, Tamia Santiago, and Marlina Hardy

Cadence students Krystal Philson, Tamia Santiago, and Marlina Hardy getting ready to meet Michael Nutter

 

One selected speaker, Tamia Santiago, speaks in Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's office.

Tamia Santiago speaks about Vision Zero in Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office.

Program Director Cy Maramangalam watches as Coleman Milligan gives an overview of Cadence Youth Cycling to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Program Director Cy Maramangalam looks on as Coleman Milligan gives an overview of Cadence Youth Cycling to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

CYC students alongside Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, after speaking to her about several issues.

CYC leadership squad alongside Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, after speaking to her about several issues.

 

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After returning from City Hall, the students went through a debriefing with Bicycle Coalition executive director Alex Doty, who congratulated them on their leadership.

Topics: Cadence Youth Cycling, Uncategorized

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