Traffic Calming

Sign our petition to make Lincoln Drive safer for everyone!

Sign the petition to make Lincoln Drive safer for everyone.

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The goal of our Traffic Calming campaign is to make Mt Airy (and all of Northwest Philadelphia) safer for residents to walk, drive, use mobility devices, and cycle in our neighborhood. 

Since the pandemic started, residents have witnessed significantly more dangerous driving behaviors and reckless disregard for pedestrians, as well as fellow motorists. Extreme speeding, ignoring stop signs, and blowing through red lights have become commonplace – especially during non-peak traffic hours.

Many neighbors have expressed fear of being injured or killed when out walking in the neighborhood, especially while crossing the street.  Parents do not feel safe letting children walk to school, or even exit the car in front of school!

Pedestrians are also being displaced by parked cars on sidewalks. On some of the most dangerous roads (i.e. Lincoln and Germantown), cyclists are forced to use pavement meant for pedestrians – for fear that they will be hit as they share the road with aggressive drivers.

To address these problems, the Traffic Calming campaign aims to have traffic calming measures placed throughout Mt Airy. 

 

Tell Us Your Traffic Incident Stories!

In the aftermath of three recent fatal crashes in Germantown and Mount Airy, WMAN’s Traffic Calming Committee is collecting stories and other information from local residents to bolster our efforts to bring traffic-calming measures to our streets. We can help get attention from the media and public officials – and, ideally, money for safer streets – but we need YOU to help us shine a light on the problem and advocate for solutions. Please complete the short survey.

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SLOW DOWN MT AIRY

Encourage drivers to slow down and obey the posted speed limit by displaying SLOW DOWN Mt Airy signs. Pre-order a sign using this form. You can also make a contribution to support WMAN’s traffic calming efforts via the donate button below.

Slow Down Mt Airy Volunteers 9/11/2022

Slow Down Mt Airy Volunteers 9/11/2022

Sign our petition to make Lincoln Drive safer for everyone!

Sign the petition to make Lincoln Drive safer for everyone.

We have a three-pronged focus

High Injury Network roads (e.g. Lincoln)

Residential streets where reckless driving is commonplace

School zones

As a coalition of Mt Airy residents, we hope to raise awareness of traffic calming measures and down-engineering. We seek to support measures in City Council and the State Legislature that expand the use of automated traffic enforcement tools (i.e. Speed Cameras), and other effective and innovative traffic calming measures like parking-protected bike lanes.

 

Lastly, we will advocate for increased funding of the Philadelphia Streets department to perform additional traffic studies and road safety audits under newly-drafted revisions of Federal Guidelines which prioritize safety over speed and make all forms of mobility (cars, pedestrians, cyclists, public transit options) equally important. This is a major departure from a century of traffic engineering where speed and cars trumped safety, and alternative transportation modes. The traffic calming committee would like Philadelphia to generate a more balanced approach to using public right-of-ways.  As part of a global movement towards supporting streets for everyone, we believe Philadelphia can foster a more livable city.