Cindy Bass Introduces Street ‘Construction, Maintenance’ Bill

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (D-8)

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (D-8)

Today, Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced an ordinance which would add a $5 fee onto vehicle registration in Philadelphia County to make for better, safer Philadelphia streets.

That money would, in turn, go toward “construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of and safety on public highways and bridges and costs and expenses … with the highest priority given to projects most likely to reduce traffic deaths,” according to the ordinance’s language.

This is an ordinance that the Bicycle Coalition has been pushing for to bring more resources to the City’s transportation agency since the state’s Act 89 included a provision allowing local counties to add a $5 fee onto vehicle registration.

According to her press release, which went out earlier today,

“Every part of our City has been impacted by senseless traffic fatalities,” said Councilwoman Bass. In light of all the traffic deaths and injuries, devoting more resources to slowing cars down will protect all those who use our public thoroughfares—motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and mass transit riders.”

According to the 2015 Vision Zero report produced by the Bicycle Coalition, Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the country.   A recent list from the Bicycle Coalition listed three intersections in the 8th Council District: Broad & Olney, Broad & Lehigh, and Chelten & Wayne in the top 10 for most pedestrian involved crashes. The report also highlights an additional $1 billion that traffic crashes cost the City ever year.  If passed, the additional funding provided for traffic calming measures like speed cushions will save lives and save money for the City every year.

Cumberland, Blair and Fulton Counties have already added the fees to vehicle registration.

The $5 vehicle registration fee would raise approximately $3.5 million for street repaving and traffic calming measures.

We called for this fee in our Better Mobility report and is the first step toward adding new resources to the Streets Department to making Philadelphia’s streets safer.

We want to thank Councilwoman Cindy Bass for taking this important step. This fee is one of the many elements that Philadelphia needs to implement to create a Vision Zero policy.

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2 comments on “Cindy Bass Introduces Street ‘Construction, Maintenance’ Bill

  1. Jill Minick

    sounds good, next up a bill which requires to return the street to the condition it was in before they dug it up or face expensive fines

  2. Rita Varley

    Thank you, Cindy Bass. This is very important, and the vehicle registration fee sounds like a great way to get the funds to do it. I hope that serious measures will be take to increase biking safety. I would like to see certain streets reserved only for biking, or certain days of the year set aside for only bikers. Increasing use of bikes would cut back on the heavy car traffic and also reduce pollution. It is possible to get electric bikes now, and they could replace a lot of car traffic if changes can be made to make the roads a lot safer for the bikers. –Rita

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