Better Mobility in Philadelphia’s 2015 Elections
At the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we care deeply about where our next mayor and City Council stand on bringing our sidewalks into good repair, connecting the bikeway network and adopting a Vision Zero policy—and which candidates are most likely to implement these programs, all of which strengthen our economy and make our city more appealing. We worked with numerous groups throughout the region to assemble the Better Mobility Working Group and, through our joint effort, are meeting with all Philadelphia mayoral candidates before hosting a Better Mobility mayoral forum on March 19, 2015, which will be sponsored by Parsons Brinkerhoff, Clear Sound, People for Bikes, the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the William Penn Foundation.
These issues are detailed in Better Mobility Philadelphia 2015, a platform released this spring, and available below.
In 2015, the Bicycle Coalition released Better Mobility 2015, a transportation and mobility platform for Philadelphia’s next mayor and City Council. All mayoral candidates have received a copy of the platform, and most City Councilpeople have been briefed on the platform, too. Read it below.
In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia’s working families—fighting for a real living wage, increased funding for public education, and to protect the rights of firefighters and police. A proud progressive, Jim led the way on broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy by ending ICE.
Read more about Jim Kenney at Kenney2015.com
Melissa Murray Bailey
Melissa Murray Bailey is president of the Americas team of the Swedish-based employer-branding company Universum…A South Jersey native who has been residing in Society Hill for the past three years, Bailey, who is married with one child, has been running businesses for the past 10 years across North America, Asia and Australia. More here.
The Better Mobility Working Group—comprised of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and others including Penn Future, Bike Share Philadelphia, the Clean Air Council, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Feet First Philly, PenTrans (and potential others who are currently in the process of deciding on a formal endorsement of the Better Mobility Agenda)—held a successful mayoral forum on March 19 that was attended by more than 250 Philadelphians. To read more about the forum and the issues discussed, click here.
Better Mobility Working Group
The Better Mobility Working Group is a collection of organizations and non-profits from around the Greater Philadelphia area with one overarching goal: Making Philadelphia a more economically competitive city through safe and accessible transportation. Scroll down for a description of the groups working with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to make better mobility a part of the next Philadelphia mayor’s platform.
Bike Share Philadelphia
Bike Share Philadelphia is a network of organizations and individuals working to bring Public Use Bicycles, bike sharing, to Philadelphia. Bike share programs provide bicycles to the public for free or at little cost in order to encourage bicycling as another viable form of public transportation, to reduce traffic congestion and to enhance the livability of cities.
Philadelphia Parks Alliance
The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is the only independent voice that advocates for parks and recreation throughout our city. They represent the needs of citizens like you – not special interests. As trained community activists and organizers with a proven track record of success, they know what needs to be done and how to achieve our goals.
Clean Air Council
The Clean Air Council is a member-supported, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.
10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading statewide voice for great places to live and work. They work with citizens, organizations and public officials to create land use, infrastructure and governance policies and practices that protect our resources and strengthen our economy.
The purpose of PenTrans is to generate public and private support for balanced, multimodal transportation and mobility alternatives that improve our quality of life, so that state and federal lawmakers will allocate sufficient dedicated public transportation funding for Pennsylvania.
Feet First Philly
Feet First Philly is a pedestrian advocacy group sponsored by the Clean Air Council. The group’s aims are to raise awareness of issues facing pedestrians in the City of Philadelphia, improve the pedestrian environment, protect the rights of pedestrians, and encourage walking as a mode of transportation, as well as for exercise and recreation.
PennFuture was created by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Heinz Endowments in 1998 to conduct professional advocacy for strong environmental and public health policies. The organization has enjoyed significant policy victories that will protect public health and natural resources and move Pennsylvania toward a clean energy future and a green economy.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Since 1970, PEC has participated as a central figure in the environmental and conservation discussion in Pennsylvania. Every day, PEC manages challenges facing Pennsylvania’s water, land, and air resources whether from past activities, current practices, or potential future impacts.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests.
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate of the region’s business community, representing members in 11 counties across three states with one voice.