In Philadelphia, the physical environment has the opportunity to bring us together, but too often it divides us.
The next mayor of Philadelphia has the opportunity to make this process equitable. Every neighborhood regardless of income, race, or age deserves basic quality of life services like safe roads and sidewalks, access to a high quality bike network, efficient public transportation, and safe public spaces. With proper investment in accessibility, lighting, and ongoing maintenance, these spaces lead to a reduction in crime, greater economic opportunities, increased comfort and a sense of community.
Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and AARP Pennsylvania on Friday March 31st at 4pm for a moderated conversation that will give the mayoral candidates a chance to express their vision for making Philadelphia a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable city. The candidates will be asked a set of questions guided by a mobility platform sent to them in advance. The platform includes the following recommendations:
- Reduce traffic deaths by half by 2027;
- Motivate 1 out of every 2 Philadelphians to bike, walk, or take public transit to work;
- Redesign and reimagine streets to prioritize human life, public health, and community;
- Provide every resident with access to safe streets and sidewalks for getting to work, to play and to enjoy Philadelphia and its great neighborhoods.
All Mayoral Candidates have been invited, the following have confirmed their attendance:
The moderator of the event will be Daniel Pearson, a lifelong Philadelphian, SEPTA rider and public school graduate. He is currently an Editorial Writer and Editorial Board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 2023 Better Mobility Platform was created with the following organizations input:
- The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
- AARP PA
- Transit Forward Philadelphia
- East Coast Greenway Alliance
- Street Box PHL
- 5th Square
- Fairmount Park Conservancy
- Clean Air Council
- Feet First Philly
- Parks & Rec Heroes Fund