Bicycle Coalition

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.

The State Senate will hear this bill later this week. We need to make sure our representatives in the Philadelphia area delegation know about the importance of transportation safety, and that they support this bill to make their neighborhoods safer.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. If you live in Philadelphia or Bucks County – use this link to be guided to your Senator’s phone number.
  2. If you live outside of Philadelphia and Bucks County –  use this link to find your Senator, then give the Harrisburg office a call to demand a safer Roosevelt Boulevard now.
  3. Use these talking points:
    1. Give whomever answer the phone your name and address and that you are a constituent of the Senato
    2. That you support a pilot program to install speed cameras to reduce speeding.
    3. That you want him/her to vote YES on SB172 when it comes up this week or next.
    4. Thank them for their time.
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