On Tuesday, January 30, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Philadelphia 3.0 will co-host “Vision Zero in Your Neighborhood: Becoming a Local Champion,” a short event explaining the politics involved in bicycling and other Vision Zero issues, and ways anyone can get involved to promote Vision Zero in their own communities.
Taking place at Project H.O.M.E., the event will begin with a discussion and short history on bicycling in Philadelphia, and how we got to where we are today. Participants will be invited to ask questions about how a bike lane gets installed, how streets with protected bike lanes are chosen, and what the process looks like from a legislative point of view.
“There are a lot of opportunities for people to impact their neighborhood and the fabric of the streets,” says Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Sarah Clark Stuart. “But it requires a great understanding of how the city works. Now’s a great time to get involved.”
Philadelphia 3.0 will follow up that discussion by explaining to those in attendance how they can get involved in their neighborhood organizations and become a champion for Vision Zero.
“While the Mayor and City Council and other major decision-makers receive a lot of attention, these officials are often taking their cues from neighborhood political actors operating at a much more local level,” says Jon Geeting, Philadelphia 3.0’s Director of Engagement. “While there’s a fair critique that Philly politics can be too parochial at times, the silver lining is that this layer of local politics is also extremely accessible and joinable once you understand how it works.”
The event is free. RSVP HERE.
Who: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia 3.0
What: Vision Zero in Your Neighborhood: Becoming a Local Champion
Where: Project H.O.M.E., 1515 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
When: Tuesday, January 30, 6pm-8pm