Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Action Center

A Safer Roosevelt Boulevard

House Bill 1187, which would legalize a speed camera Pilot program on Roosevelt Boulevard, will soon be debated in the full Pennsylvania House.

Roosevelt Boulevard is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the United States. This one roadway makes up only 0.6 percent of all Philadelphia’s 2,500 miles of streets.

Yet over a 5-year period, 2011-2015, 13 percent of all traffic fatalities occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard. And 36 percent of those killed on Roosevelt Boulevard were pedestrians. 

Among those pedestrians killed on Roosevelt Boulevard was Samara Banks and her three children, killed by drag racers in 2015. Banks' aunt, Latanya Byrd, has been working with the Bicycle Coalition to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer. On Tuesday, June 6, she and her son joined Bicycle Coalition policy coordinator Bob Previdi in the state Capitol to advocate for HB 1187.

Now, we need your help.

Please use the link below to contact your legislator and let them know you support House Bill 1187.

Long term, Roosevelt Boulevard needs to be re-designed and engineered. But in the meantime, speed cameras have been proven to calm traffic and save lives.

Please help us make a safer Roosevelt Boulevard a priority.

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