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Note: When Mayor Kenney’s revised FY21 budget is published and analyzed, we will publish another blog post about that budget’s potential impact on Vision Zero and bicycle infrastructure and the Bicycle Coalition’s position.  

One of the many long lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on Mayor Kenney’s budget and his priorities. Mayor Kenney has announced a $649 Million loss in revenue for the FY21 budget, which is 12 percent of the City’s FY21 budget.

Some information about how Mayor Kenney will alter the March 3rd proposed budget is starting to emerge (stories from yesterday and today,) but at the time this post was published, the City has not posted any documents online and we do not know how the streets budget will be affected.

We thought a good idea would be to summarize what Mayor Kenney proposed on March 3rd that relates to Vision Zero and bicycle infrastructure.

We found the following highlights in the March version of the FY21-FY25 Five Year Plan

  • Build 40 miles of protected bike lanes by 2025 (p.8) and 20 miles by 2020 (p. 307).
  • $240 Million for resurfacing over 6 years
  • $32.6 Million in city funds for resurfacing and ADA ramps
  • $2.0 Million for Vision Zero improvements
  • A target of paving 90 miles of streets by July 31, 2020
  • A target of paving 81 miles of streets by July 31, 2021 (fewer miles because of the need to install more ADA ramps)
  • Reach 130 miles paved annually by FY23 (p. 549)

We will be reviewing the Mayor’s proposals for trimming the FY21 budget to see how it impacts his Cleaner and Safer Streets priorities and determine how the pandemic will impact some of these targets. Stay tuned.

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.

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