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Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund Replaces Bikes Lost to Crashes

Emily Fredricks

In November 2017, Philadelphia resident Emily Fredricks was killed while riding her bicycle to work in Center City, Philadelphia. Since then, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has worked with her family to find ways to make streets safer for cyclists in her memory.

One way we’ve done this together is the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund.

The Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund was established by the Fredricks Family in conjunction with the Bicycle Coalition.

It benefits our initiatives for safer streets, Women Bike PHL, and the fund grants replacement bikes lost due to crashes.

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Education and Enforcement Campaign to start on JFK, Market

We attended the Market-JFK Vision Zero Safety Project Steering Committee earlier this week. The meeting was convened by Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, and included major property owners and stakeholders along the Market and JFK corridors.

We learned a lot about the timeline of the project and what’s coming with respect to education and enforcement.

Status of the bike lanes as of today:

  • Striping and flex post installation is substantially complete.
  • PPA’s revision to signage and rearrangement is substantially complete.
  • Bicycle signals have been installed at 16th and Market and 20th and JFK.

The Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems is partnering with the Philadelphia Police Department 9th District and Philadelphia Parking Authority on three education and enforcement initiatives as part of the pilot, as requested by the Councilperson.

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One Last Push: Speed Camera Legislation is Closer Than Ever

The Bicycle Coalition has been traveling to Harrisburg for the past couple years to advocate for statewide legislation that would slow down motor vehicle drivers, making streets safer for all road users.

One of these bills is Senate Bill 172 – a speed camera legislation pilot for Roosevelt Boulevard – and it’s closer than ever to being turned into law.

The bill was passed by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, overwhelmingly: 183-13.

But it’s not totally through yet. It still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the governor. And we need your help. If you live in Philadelphia or Bucks County, click here to use our application and call your senator. Use this blog if you need some talking points, and keep scrolling to learn more about speed camera legislation.

The last time we went out to Harrisburg to call upon the legislature to pass speed camera legislation was in late April.

Our trip was covered by numerous center-state TV stations and was written up on our blog. In addition to holding a press conference in the Capitol Building, we met with numerous state legislators to advocate for the passage of the speed camera bill, Senate Bill 172.

Philadelphia resident Latanya Byrd speaks out for automated enforcement on Roosevelt Blvd.

Read about our trip here, and view some of the coverage here.

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Support the Cresheim Trail in Springfield on June 21

There will be a public meeting about the future of the Cresheim Trail in Montgomery County at the Springfield Township Administration Building on Thursday, June 21st.

The Cresheim Trail is a multi-use trail that begins in Philadelphia and is currently under expansion. Once complete, the Cresheim Trail will be part of the 750-mile network of Circuit Trails throughout the 9-county Delaware Valley Region.

At the June 21st meeting, neighbors and community members will hear from members of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, Springfield Township Commissioner Jonathan Cobb, and others, about what’s currently underway with the trail, and what can be done to encourage its success in Montgomery County.

Residents will also be given a short slideshow and presentation, to learn more about the Trail, and how it can be utilized currently, and in the future.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and learn more about this off-road path that will connect, counties, neighborhoods, and people.

Who: Friends of the Cresheim Trail, Springfield Township Supervisor Jonathan Cobb, and Henry Stroud – Montgomery County Planner

What: Community Meeting to learn more about the Cresheim Trail

Where: Springfield Township Administration Building, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor, PA 19038

When: June 21st, 7pm

Why: The Cresheim Trail — a multi-use path connecting Northwest Philadelphia to Montgomery County — is currently being expanded, and those involved want to share information with the residents who will soon be given easier access to the trail.

Learn more at http://www.cresheimtrail.org/

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Call Your Senator This Week for a Safer Roosevelt Boulevard!

Latanya Byrd, the aunt of Samara Banks, in the State Capital on May 1, 2018 urging lawmakers to pass SB172.

Senate Bill 172, which would legalize speed camera legislation for Roosevelt Boulevard in North and Northeast Philadelphia, is being considered for a vote this week. The bill would slow down motor vehicle users on the Boulevard, likely saving the lives of both pedestrians and drivers, and allow Philadelphia to study this important safety measure.

It’s been five years since Samara Banks and three of her children were killed by speeding drivers on Roosevelt Boulevard. Since then, more than 50 people have died on the Boulevard.  Since 2015, Samara’s aunt, Latanya Byrd has traveled to Harrisburg with the Bicycle Coalition and members of the Vision Zero Alliance numerous times to call on members of the General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard.

We’re closer than ever to getting this legislation passed. But we need one last push from you.

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WIN: Important Intersection Safety Bill Passes Council

In a win for street safety, a bill that would allow Councilmembers to more easily order investigations of deadly intersections recently passed City Council.

The bill, written by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., and sponsored by Jones, Johnson, and O’Neill, would allow the Councilperson who represents the district where a deadly crash occurs to request an investigation and traffic safety recommendations. It was first introduced in March 2017.

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Bike Lane Progress — in Pottstown

Montgomery County’s first on-street protected bike lane under construction on Roland Ave in Pottstown.

In 2003, the Borough of Pottstown became the first Pennsylvania municipality outside of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh to reduce travel lanes on a major street, also known as a road diet. The project included back-in angle and bike lanes. And this happened largely thanks to the advocacy of Tom Hylton, a former reporter for the Pottstown Mercury, founding member of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and author of Save our Land Save our Towns.

Fifteen years later, the borough is constructing a two-way protected bike lane to connect Pottstown High School with the east end of town. It is only the third protected bike lane built in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, the other two are part of the Great Allegheny Passage in Munhall, and in Connellsville.

The Protected bike lane along Jackson St, Beech St, and Roland Ave, will connect Pottstown High School with the east end of town. Also happening soon will be the extension of the High St. Bike lanes. The center turn lane will be eliminated and replaced with buffered bike lanes. These projects are part of the implementation of the Pottstown Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan:

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Philly Gets First Bike Signals on JFK Blvd. and Market St.

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As part of the JFK-Market protected bike lane pilot project, the City of Philadelphia installed its first bike signals on Wednesday.

The signals help people traveling by bicycle to know when and when not to go through the lights at 16th and Market, and 20th and JFK, both somewhat confusing intersections.

Although the installations were already planned, I can personally attest to how much easier it is getting through the intersection with the new signals.

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TODAY: Frankford and Tacony Creek Trail Opening

By Christina Zhou


An exciting new trail segment is opening up! Today’s the ribbon cutting for the Frankford & Tacony Creek Trail. The ribbon cutting will be at 1pm today at 4299 N Delaware Ave. Stop by to join trail advocates around the region to dedicate the newest segment of The Circuit Trails!

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Today’s Vision Zero Hearing POSTPONED

We for word early Wednesday that today’s Vision Zero hearing has been postponed. The hearing, which was set to hear testimony from dozens of members of the Vision Zero Alliance, will convene on June 19th and 3pm.

According to a message we received from a City Council staffer, “I write to inform you that we unfortunately have to postpone today’s hearing due to circumstances beyond our control. The hearing scheduled before ours just released its speaker list this morning, which includes 71 people providing testimony. This means that our hearing wouldn’t be projected to start until 5PM.”

We will keep our audience updated as to when this resolution hearing will take place.

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