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    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with the Vision Zero Task Force. Not pictured: A single member of City Council

With Vision Zero Action Plan, city outlines strategy for making residents care enough about traffic safety to accept slower streets

At a press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, the Vision Zero Task Force announced the release of its Action Plan, a three-year, multi-pronged approach to drive…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

During the mayoral campaign, Kenney promised to build 30+ miles of protected bicycle lanes. Almost 2 years later, where are we?

In the 2015 mayoral race, then-candidate Jim Kenney pledged to build more than 30 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia, to accompany the more than 400 miles of unprotected bicycle…

    • A cyclist and drivers cross the Chestnut Street Bridge. PennDOT plans to move the bike lane to the left side during reconstruction.

Major rehab of Chestnut Street Bridge will close it for a year starting summer 2019, PennDOT says

Construction over the Schuylkill River is never an easy process for Philadelphia. And now, the bridges in Center City that have gone without repair for decades are finally getting a long…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Judge tosses challenge to tradition of parking in the middle of South Broad

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Anders dismissed the lawsuit from the urbanist advocacy group 5th Square, which sought to force Philadelphia police and the parking authority to enforce the…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

City Councilwoman trying to turn West Philly 'buffered bike lanes' temporary

The first parking-protected bike lane in Philadelphia has been dedicated, but a City Councilwoman is stirring up controversy.  The protected bike lane re-organizes Chestnut Street between 45th and 33rd streets. Instead…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

City announces task force charged with promoting electric car ownership in Philly

On Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council announced the creation of a joint task force to study ways Philadelphia can encourage — or at least not impede — city residents’…

    • Parking Meters

There’s no such thing as free parking in Philly, says economist who calculated how much off-street parking adds to housing prices

*In the audio above, Kevin Gillen is misidentified as a Drexel professor, but he is actually a "Senior Research Fellow." We regret the error.  Parking is a perennially hot topic in…

    • Median parking

City seeks pre-trial dismissal of South Broad median parking lawsuit

The City of Philadelphia’s lawyers argue that a lawsuit to compel the ticketing of cars in the Broad Street median should be dismissed with prejudice. Last month, urbanist advocacy group 5th…

    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Play Streets are active from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Play Streets, the Parks and Rec program that tells Philly kids: “Go run around in the middle of the road”

When the sign is up, children can cross the street without looking both ways. The usual sounds of rumbling engines and car tires treading over pavement are gone, because there are…

    • Jake Liefer and his PAC, 5th Square, are suing to stop parking in the median on South Broad Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Courting driver fury, group sues PPA to end median parking on Broad

In South Philadelphia, the median of the Broad Street thoroughfare is usually full of parked cars. It’s a long-standing tradition in these densely packed rowhouse neighborhoods, one that provokes astonishment and…

    • Vision Zero Action Plan: Current conditions of Philadelphia street safety

Council President Clarke calls for Vision Zero implementation plan, despite existence of city’s Vision Zero Action Plan

In response to the death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate who was hit by a driver on Tuesday while walking on the sidewalk near 16th Street and John…

    • Portable feather signs hanging at an auto lot in Northeast Philadelphia | Google Street View, 2014

Henon bill aims to rid sidewalks of inflatable tube men, portable signs

Sidewalk advertisements are everywhere, blooming from the pavement and parking lots in colorful bursts. Fluttering flags in Center City hawk cell phones, while inflatable men of disquieting size billow on the…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

Council advances bill aimed at unblocking sidewalks

On Friday, Philadelphia City Council’s streets committee advanced a bill to address a frustration for Philadelphians: sidewalks shut down by nearby construction. Blocked sidewalks are one of those “good problems” for…

    • Mock up of conceptual plan for Chestnut Street

Blackwell backs parking-protected bike lane on Chestnut Street at community open house

A modest crowd of cyclists and West Philadelphia residents gathered at the Enterprise Center Wednesday evening to listen to planners from the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) and the…

    • Electric Vehicle parking

Kenney returns electric car parking permit moratorium bill to Council unsigned, will become law

In a letter to City Council, Mayor Jim Kenney said he would not sign a bill passed earlier this month that suspends a program allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners apply for…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

After Council changes parking rules, electric car owners hope for a Mayoral veto

Adam Novick cares a lot about the environment. Novick named his son Theodore Elon, after President Theodore Roosevelt (famed conservationist who helped create the National Parks system) and Elon Musk (founder…

    • Litter and illegal dumping household trash.

Council supports city’s zero waste goal, but would like it sooner

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

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