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File #: 220431    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/12/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/19/2022
Title: Calling upon the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pass HB140, the Parking Protected Bike Lane and Plaza bill, to empower municipalities to buffer bike lanes with parking on state roads.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22043100, 2. Signature22043100
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Calling upon the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pass HB140, the Parking Protected Bike Lane and Plaza bill, to empower municipalities to buffer bike lanes with parking on state roads.

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WHEREAS, Thousands of pedestrians and cyclists are injured each year in crashes with automobiles, too many of which result in death; and

WHEREAS, A pedestrian is twice as likely to be killed by an automobile traveling 30 miles per hour versus one at 25, and three times as likely at 40 miles per hour; and

WHEREAS, Under current Pennsylvania law, vehicles must park along a state roadway within 12 inches of the curb, a rule that does not provide an allowance for parking next to bike lanes or along plazas, and was written years prior to their becoming standard engineering designs; and

WHEREAS, This mandate limits the ability of local jurisdictions to implement certain road designs proven to protect vulnerable users, including people with limited mobility as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists, or from experimenting with road configurations in accord with their best engineering judgment; and

WHEREAS, To address this situation, Rep. David Maloney (Berks) has introduced legislation in recurring sessions to fix it, the most recent of which is House Bill 140, the Parking Protected Bike Lane and Plaza bill; and

WHEREAS, The legislation is also known as "Susan and Emily's Law" after Susan Hicks, of Pittsburgh, and Emily Fredricks, a Philadelphia resident, each of whom were struck and killed by vehicles while cycling, and whose respective families are supporters of HB140; and

WHEREAS, Cities like York, Harrisburg Lancaster, and Pittsburgh, along with our own, would like to be able to install parking-protected bike lanes and pedestrian plazas; and

WHEREAS, Existing experience with these on city roads, very much including Philadelphia's own, have shown to lower vehicle speed, reduce collisions and injuries, greatly enhance the number of ...

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