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Late last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created our “Bike Lane Toolkit,” an online tool that allowed Philadelphia citizens to look up their Councilmanic District, then send their Councilperson a letter showing support of lanes in that district.

After signing onto their respective Toolkit, citizens are contacted by the Bicycle Coalition, to note they’re being invited by the Coalition to be a part of a meeting with their respective Councilmember.

Through the spring, we held meetings with Councilman Mark Squilla’s and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s offices.

Bicycle Coalition policy coordinator (right) meets with Councilman Mark Squilla (left) to drop off the Bike Lane Toolkit documents.

Bicycle Coalition policy coordinator (right) meets with Councilman Mark Squilla (left) to drop off the Bike Lane Toolkit documents.

The most recent of those meetings was Friday morning, July 1, in which we met with Corey Bell, a Council President Clarke staffer focused on constituent services.

While there, we spoke about 22nd Street, Spring Garden Street, and created parking-protected bike lanes on JFK and Market Streets.

Our group meeting with Council President Staffer Corey Bell on Friday, July 1

Our group meeting with Council President Staffer Corey Bell on Friday, July 1

Below is the map we set up for the meeting.

District 5

 

Additionally, we noted to Bell that we’d be interested in the Council President advocating for increased capital budget for resurfacing, and an increased operating budget for the Streets Dept. to hire staff.

Randy LoBasso

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

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