Feet First Philly is Philadelphia’s pedestrian advocacy group and a project of the Clean Air Council. Feet First Philly raises awareness of issues facing pedestrians in the City of Philadelphia including improving the pedestrian environment, protecting the rights of pedestrians, and encouraging walking as a mode of transportation, as well as for exercise and recreation.
Feet First Philly leads multiple advocacy projects including the #NotaParkingSpot campaign on Twitter. The campaign calls for better enforcement around parking on sidewalks and crosswalks, and empowers pedestrians to document illegal parking in their neighborhood. Because it leads to unsafe crossing of intersections and forces pedestrians into traffic, parking illegally can end in serious injury and even loss of life. Feet First Philly’s goal is to make Philadelphia’s streets safe and accessible for everyone.
Feet First Philly also leads organized walks, keeps a monthly walking calendar, conducts walk audits, and is a member of the Vision Zero Alliance, working to end traffic deaths in Philadelphia.
Are you interested in getting involved with Feet First Philly? Do you want to stay informed of our work or volunteer with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today! Learn more about Feet First Philly at https://feetfirstphilly.org/.
PennDOT will soon be performing much needed repairs to the Chestnut Street Bridge. As part of this work, the contractor needs to make some masonry repair and repointing of the piers and abutment - the structural support of the bridge. To do this, the current north-bound trail traffic will be combined with the south-bound trail traffic (see drawing below). The abutment repairs are expected to take place in the next two to three weeks, during which time PennDOT will do their best to keep the trail open as much as possible. The bridge reconstruction project includes new fascia lighting of the structure, a new trail pergola entrance at Chestnut Street and a new plaza on Schuylkill Avenue.
The existing sink hole (located just south of the Chestnut Street Bridge in the south-bound lane) will be temporarily covered with a steel plate and asphalt during the initial phase. PennDOT has incorporated the permanent repair of this area into their contract and work is expected to take place this winter. There will be a short period of a month or two when a complete closure of the trail will be needed. A detour for trail users through the street network will be posted. This closure is unavoidable, but is being scheduled in the winter when trail traffic is lower.
We ask all trail users to exercise caution while negotiating this area over the coming months, and we appreciate PennDOT's support of our efforts here.
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, (OTIS) and included major property owners and stakeholders along the Market and JFK corridors.
Status of the bike lanes as of today:
The Philadelphia Police Department 9th District and Philadelphia Parking Authority have begun three education and enforcement actvities as part of the pilot, as requested by the Councilperson.
If you see a recurring problem, please tweet @philaparking and/or email a message to email@example.com. Please cc: firstname.lastname@example.org on any emails so that we may track our residents' concerns.
The pilot is expected to last 9 months, and OTIS will be collecting a variety of data in both July and September/October to evaluate the bike lanes on a number of measures.
More information from the City’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems here.
A few weeks ago, a large number of homeowners throughout the City of Philadelphia received notices from the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) that their properties have been reassessed. In many cases, the reassessed values increased substantially. Since property taxes are based on OPA's assessment valuations, it follows that many homeowners are likely to see an increase in their property taxes in 2019.
Because many people in Center City have questions about the reassessment process and want to know how to appeal, CCRA held a public meeting last week at Tenth Presbyterian Church. A panel consisting of Michael Piper (Chief Assessment Officer for the OPA), Salima Cunningham (Communication Coordinator for the OPA), and attorney Stewart Weintraub fielded questions from a packed audience. For information about that public meeting, check out this article from Philly.com reporter Erin Arvedlund.
Here are some of the takeaways:
Penn’s Village helps Central Philadelphia seniors stay in their homes by linking neighbor to neighbor to help with transportation, chores, and medical visits, and provides social and educational programs. To learn more visit www.pennsvillage.org or call 215-925-7333.
Penn’s Village is inviting CCRA members who may not be Penn’s Village members to attend the following programs:
This program is free for Penn’s Village members and volunteers. A $5 donation from other guests would be appreciated.
Guests are welcome to attend three Penn’s Village programs before becoming a member and/or volunteer. For all of the above Penn’s Village programs, please register by emailing email@example.com or calling 215-925 7333.
Penn’s Village Programs Open to Non-Members
Penn’s Village helps Central Philadelphia seniors stay in their homes by linking neighbor to neighbor to help with transportation, chores, and medical visits, and provides social and educational programs. To learn more visit www.pennsvillage.org or call 214-925-7333.
For all of the above Penn’s Village programs, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215 925 7333.
Pennsylvania’s primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, and only registered voters are entitled to vote.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary is April 16th. In Pennsylvania, you can register in person, by mail, and at various government agencies. Information on how to register is at https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/en/voters/registering-to-vote.
Primary elections are important because the winners will be the candidates in the general election November 6th.
Parents of college students please remind them that they can register to vote where they attend college, or they can vote in Philadelphia by absentee ballot. Therefore, it is important to register to vote at the location at which they want to vote – at their college location or at their home address.
CCRA is working with the Philadelphia Streets Department to try to resolve problematic Big Belly garbage cans in our neighborhood that frequently are overfilled to capacity. In the meantime, we ask that you do not add to the problem by putting household or other trash outside of or around an overly full Big Belly!
This is not only a quality of life issue, but it is also a public health and wellness issue.
If you see someone adding to the pile, please ask them to stop and think about it and take their garbage home or to another trash can. You can also use 311 to report issues of concern that are not a crime in progress.
If you are aware of a Big Belly trash can near you that continues to be overfilled, please reach out to CCRA at email@example.com to let us know.