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20150515_BikeToWorkDay_204Earlier this week, Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ Vision Zero bill passed out of committee. Bass’ bill would add an additional $5 fee onto vehicle registration for Philadelphia residents, as made legal by Pennsylvania Act 89, and put that money directly into street safety improvements and Vision Zero programs.

According to Bass’ staff:

Bill No. 150670 is anticipated to be finally passed by Council on December 10th and signed into law by Mayor Nutter shortly thereafter.

As a result of Councilwoman Bass’ leadership on the issue of street safety, she has been invited to moderate a panel entitled “Legislative Opportunities for Effective Enforcement Strategies”at the upcoming Vision Zero Philadelphia conference to be held on December 3rd at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

“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.”

This bill, and others, have been pushed for in City Council by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Councilwoman Bass will be speaking at Thursday’s Vision Zero Philadelphia conference at Thomas Jefferson University, which goes from 8:30am-5:00pm. We thank the Councilwoman for championing this issue and helping make Philadelphia’s streets safer for all road users.

Register for Vision Zero Philadelphia here.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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