Withdraw the Bike Lane Parking Permits on Spruce and Pine Streets

Every Philadelphian, regardless of age or ability, deserves safe, accessible bike lanes to get around. Unfortunately, we find our bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets obstructed by motor vehicles each weekend to accommodate congregants who choose to drive. While everyone has the right to worship as they choose, no one has the right to put others in danger by parking in the bike lane.

The Streets Department authorizes this dangerous practice by issuing “equipment placement” permits. Not only are these permits dangerous, they are also issued illegally under Philadelphia § 11-612 (a) stating "No vehicle may park, stop or stand in any sidewalk or roadway lane that has been closed, other than vehicles in the process of loading or unloading materials, equipment or supplies, or which are otherwise required for the activity for which the permit has been obtained. A vehicle used to transport contractors or their employees or any other persons to or from the location of the closure shall not be considered to be a vehicle required for such activity."

The congregations currently requesting bike lane parking permits on Spruce or Pine streets are:

To remedy this dangerous situation and prevent further conflict, we ask that the permits no longer be requested by the listed congregations. We also ask that the city of Philadelphia work with these congregations to find alternatives to bike lane parking.

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If action is delayed, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. Already we see the red flags. There are many accounts of families and elderly being harassed when sharing the lane with impatient motorists. Now is the time to make things right.

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Dear Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability,

I am asking you to withdraw the bike lane parking permits used by congregations on Spruce and Pine Streets. These permits are a risk to people currently biking along these streets and deny a safe place to ride for those who would like to bike here. Alternatives to bike lane parking exist. I encourage you to work with the congregations currently requesting permits to find those alternatives once the permits are withdrawn.

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Subject:Withdraw the Bike Lane Parking Permits on Spruce and Pine Streets
To:otis@phila.gov
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Dear Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability,

I am asking you to withdraw the bike lane parking permits used by congregations on Spruce and Pine Streets. These permits are a risk to people currently biking along these streets and deny a safe place to ride for those who would like to bike here. Alternatives to bike lane parking exist. I encourage you to work with the congregations currently requesting permits to find those alternatives once the permits are withdrawn.





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"Enough is enough!!"

-Margot B. 2 hours ago

"Philadelphia should be designed for people, not cars. Permits to routinely block bike lanes are dangerous and should never be allowed! Also, cars parking or stopping in bike lanes must be ticketed."

-Nicholas Q. 4 hours ago

"Bike lanes are an integral part of metropolitan life. As someone who biked two and from work and two and from activities on the weekend for several years living in South Philly bike lanes were a necessary part of my ability to traverse the city safely."

-Joel S. 4 hours ago

"No parking in the bike lane! Keep bikers safe! Stop valuing driver convenience over bikers’ lives"

-Lauren G. 8 hours ago

"Please remove the permits!"

-Arman R. 16 hours ago

"As a cyclist and resident of the city of Philadelphia, who is also partially blind, I rely on bike lanes to be able to travel by bike safely throughout the city. The practice of allowing cars to park in bike lanes puts my life and the lives of so many others at risk, unnecessarily. Why are these congregants being given special treatment? I find these permits discriminatory- you are putting their religious needs above the safety of others."

-Rebecca S. 18 hours ago

"There’s nothing sacred about on street parking, but many of these churchgoers would likely agree that the right to life and freedom of movement is sacred. OTIS, do the right thing!"

-Martin C. 21 hours ago

"There are enough dangers for cyclists without these weekly parking arrangements, which push cyclists of all ages into the flow of traffic."

-Nick M. 21 hours ago

"I commute by bike all over the city, in large part because South Philadelphia already has problems with too many cars. We need a better bike infrastructure, and we have made progress with bike lanes-so it makes no sense to let cars park in bike lanes. It discourages bike commuting, because it’s really risky taking the car lanes and risking an accident. Perhaps the churches can have an agreement with parking garages in the area?"

-Emily B. 22 hours ago

"A right to worship does not mean a right to free, convenient parking. A right to life, though, means cyclists should not have to be physically endangered by people who are using a legal loophole. Churches can work to find a solution: shuttles, traveling together on public transit, or going to churches closer to their own homes, that don't risk the lives and health of the citizens of center city."

-Dr Timaree S. 1 day ago

"For years I’ve avoided my favorite route to bike on Sundays. It’s not a 2-lane road like it was in 1989. Blocking bicycle right of way for religious reasons is dangerous."

-Dan S. 1 day, 1 hour ago

"As someone who lives on 15th and Spruce and has to deal with these cars being parked in the bike lane, I think it's important to focus on the safety of bikers over comfort of people who choose to use a car."

-Jessica G. 1 day, 1 hour ago

"I've nearly been hit by cars all the time because of this. It's unfair to the bikers and the drivers! When you have a bike lane that is obstructed, it defeats the purpose of having a bike lane!"

-Will B. 1 day, 1 hour ago

"Churches not encouraging public or sustainable transport shows lack of faith and trust in thy neighbors if it is a safety concern. This same fear is held by cyclists who know that the average motorist does not care for their safety. The convenience of the churchgoers and their lack of independent mobility or fears of public transport should never outweigh the legitimate concerns for physical safety that cyclists hold. Cyclists use the public infrastructure as intended, while churchgoers do not and at the same time prevent others from using the space in an unsafe way."

-Theodore L. 1 day, 2 hours ago

"Out of town suburban worshippers should not block us from safely biking our streets. Keep church and state separate and prioritize safety!"

-Pat A. 1 day, 2 hours ago

"We should not accept one more pedestrian or cyclist death. This is one more step in the right direction."

-Cameron S. 1 day, 2 hours ago

"vision zero now!!!!"

-Molly G. 1 day, 2 hours ago

"I'm moving to Philly this summer and I believe making the city more bikable is crucial for the city residents' quality of life."

-Logan B. 1 day, 2 hours ago

"I live in "west" philly and have had to give up on biking as my primary mode of transportation due to the dangers it presents to cyclists. There needs to be a permanent solution created by the city to address parking shortages AND to provide serious and protective bike lanes for cyclists. The problem isn't with the cars or the bikes, it's with the city. Fix it."

-Sam R. 1 day, 3 hours ago

"As a cyclist who has been clipped by side view mirrors, and cut off by motorists, this measure is long overdue. Not only does parking in designated lanes suggest to congregants that bike lane obstruction is normal it also gives the appearance of leniency for tourists who in turn mimic this behavior in neighboring corridors."

-Ishaq J. 1 day, 3 hours ago

"It can be terrifying to be a biker in Philadelphia. Sunday is the weekend for everyone, not just Christians."

-Nora G. 1 day, 3 hours ago

"The city overall lacks safe bike lanes for cyclists. The fact that it then goes the extra step to purposely take away a portion of safe bike lanes every week is careless. The city needs to address this. I personally experience this issue on weekends when riding. Vehicle drivers in Philadelphia are not careful of bike riders forced to ride in the streets. Issuing these permits shows a clear indifference to the safety of bikers. Biking should be protected and prioritized over motor vehicles, both for environmental and health reasons. Someone’s choice to drive a motor vehicle to church on Sunday should not put me or anyone else at increased risk of physical harm."

-Bethany O. 1 day, 3 hours ago

"Stop letting cars park in bike lanes. It’s unsafe. There’s enough places for cars to park. Thank you!"

-Johanna G. 1 day, 4 hours ago

"We need safe spaces to ride our bikes. Religion does not take precedence."

-Chase v. 1 day, 4 hours ago

"Bikers deserve more respect!"

-John C. 1 day, 4 hours ago

"Bike lanes offer numerous advantages, making them an essential piece of modern transportation infrastructure. They prioritize the well-being of vulnerable road users and contribute to a greener environment and healthier communities. Church goers, like office workers during the week, should take public transportation or find legal street or garage parking."

-Sue L. 1 day, 5 hours ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes."

-Liane T. 1 day, 5 hours ago

"These lanes were created for the safety of bikers. That is no less true on Sundays and I don't view the parking needs of these congregations as any more legitimate than those of homeowners and businesses in the area who have to comply with regulations."

-Michael J. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"I bike recreationally along Spruce Street and Pine Streets from Fishtown all the way to the Schuylkill River Trail, and having to constantly verge into traffic to avoid parked cars really makes me nervous and stops me from using the bike lanes more often."

-Joseph C. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"This is by far one of the most ridiculous policies I have ever heard. With the lack of concern from the current PPA, this will just evolve into people occupying the entire bike lanes on Sunday. Just do a little bit better, thanks."

-Nicholas M. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"As an everyday commuter whose experienced 3 run-ins (accidents) w automobiles these past 3 or so years, I can't stress enough the need for more protected bicycle lanes."

-Jason M. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"I live on Spruce right by Broad, and almost every Sunday I right along the Spruce Street bike lane. Cars parked in the bikelane with technically illegal permits take away the only good east-west bike route in this part of the city. It also leads to an attitude amongst drivers that it's okay to park in the bike lanes, leading to more parking in the bike lanes outside of the permitted time. These permits put lives and risk and harm hundreds of Philadelphians each weekend, just so that a small number of car-owners can avoid paying a small amount for parking in one of the nearby lots. Please protect Philadelphian lives, and end this illegal, amoral practice."

-Sage L. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"I actively go out of my way to travel via bike lanes in the city, often with my young daughter, and when it’s blocked, it makes for dangerous biking."

-Lauren A. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"There is plenty of infrastructure for cars and drivers - reserve the existing parking spaces for congregants on Sunday! Let's prioritize safety for bikers and pedestrians."

-Patrick S. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"Since the PPA announced its new Enforcement Unit in April 2023, we've seen literally no such action taken anywhere that we travel in the city. We're not cyclists but we keenly appreciate the need for safe lanes and strict policies."

-Beth and Al P. 1 day, 6 hours ago

"We need more access to bike lanes all week long - especially on Sundays."

-Jeff T. 1 day, 7 hours ago

"Bike lanes cannot sometimes be used as parking lanes. That’s dangerous for cyclists. You’d never let a church block a road by parking in it. Bikes are legitimate forms of transit, and we need to be doing more to encourage the use of them if we are going to have a chance of beating climate change."

-Spencer M. 1 day, 7 hours ago

"Please be considerate of your neighbors. It is extremely unsafe to force bikes out of the bike lanes into traffic. Bike lanes are for bikes, period"

-kathleen o. 1 day, 7 hours ago

"I bike to church on Sundays with my child. Every Sunday the bike lane parkers endanger our lives. Choosing to live car-free is part of our commitment to care for and protect God’s creation. Disincentivizing low-carbon transportation is not good stewardship of our climate. It’s bad public policy and it’s a bad public representation of our faith."

-Benjamin W. 1 day, 7 hours ago

"STOP granting special privileges for those religious groups. They should be using parking garages. Public safety is the responsibility of every citizen. Bike lanes are a public safety necessity especially for Philly. Compromise safety and you deter people from going into the city and spending their money 💰 Lost revenue the city needs. SUPPORT SAFE STREETS AND BIKE LANES."

-Richard W. 1 day, 7 hours ago

"I am often forced into traffic on Sunday when cars are parked in the bike lane. I am 73 years old and feel unsafe when the bike lane is blocked by a car. Most recreational bikers use Pone & Soruce street bike lanes to reach Fairmount Park or Schuykill bike trails."

-Michael H. 1 day, 8 hours ago

"Please stop this dangerous situation. Car drivers do not respect bicycles or their riders."

-Daniel F. 1 day, 9 hours ago

"Safety means safety for everyone, every day, all day and all night."

-Michael N. 1 day, 14 hours ago

"I ride my bike around Philadelphia's innercore as often as I can on my days off because I enjoy being able to use my bike. The city's failures to maintain and protect both bus and bike lanes makes things incredibly dangerous for everyone."

-William B. 1 day, 14 hours ago

"These church parking permits make Philly streets more dangerous to vulnerable road users. I make a point of using one of the multiple and mostly convenient public transportation options to visit Philly from Jersey... Other outside (non-property tax paying) individuals can do the same."

-Daniel R. 1 day, 16 hours ago

"I live at 16th and Pine and witness or experience many unsafe situations due to the bike lane parking, which some parishioners seem to use from as early as 8am until late in the afternoon or even early evening on Sundays, which raises questions as to how long they are actually at church vs taking advantage of the parking for other activities. It also clearly encourages Amazon delivery and others to illegally park in those lanes when they see the church affiliated cars parking there."

-Troy M. 1 day, 17 hours ago

"Safety over convenience."

-Craig O. 1 day, 17 hours ago

"more bikes! fewer cars! get it together!"

-alyssa f. 1 day, 17 hours ago

"Cycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Let's keep it safe for cyclists and keep bike lanes for bikes, not cars. the safer cycling is, the better it is for EVERYONE."

-j k. 1 day, 17 hours ago

"People parking in the bike lane puts my children and me in danger every Sunday. Remove the permits for parking in the bike lane and then make it a parking protected bike lane."

-James B. 1 day, 18 hours ago

"It's really unnerving and dangerous having to negotiate with car traffic every DAY on this path. The Sunday parking allowance on the bike lane sets a bad precedent that it's okay to park any day of the week in the bike lane."

-Avery M. 1 day, 18 hours ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes. End of discussion!"

-Michael N. 1 day, 18 hours ago

"I regularly bike on Pine and Spruce and almost always have to dangerously navigate around cars stopped in the bike lanes. We deserve safe passage without cars 24/7 in the few bike lanes we have."

-Michael F. 1 day, 18 hours ago

"From the Inquirer, "Geiger said out of about 600 parishioners attending Sunday services, 450 people drive and need parking." In reality a small percentage actually need parking, most just want free parking. If the city just focuses on those that actually need parking that should free up the bike lanes"

-Robert B. 1 day, 19 hours ago

"A shuttle system would do wonders! Something similar to what UPENN now has in South Philly under the 9t overpass."

-Alena L. 1 day, 19 hours ago

"We utilize the bike lanes getting to and from the SRT and find it terrible that we get pushed into traffic so others are not inconvenienced with finding parking because they choose to drive to their places of worship. The amount of cars and the time they block the bike lanes is unacceptable and seems unfair to riders and other cars that have us pushed into their lanes unnecessarily."

-John G. 1 day, 19 hours ago

"Bike lanes are made for bikes not cars. Only in an emergency should cars be in the bike lane."

-Ellen S. 1 day, 19 hours ago

"I have had multiple incidents of almost getting in an accident due to these cars being parked in the bike lane, forcing me to bike in front of cars who angrily honk their horns and tailgate at an unsafe distance"

-Andre C. 1 day, 19 hours ago

"As an incoming resident physician at Jefferson Center City, I will be commuting by bike to the hospital on a daily basis. Having a safe way to get to work on my bike is important to my health and my ability to care for patients. Likewise, my patients need a safe way to get to the hospital whether they are driving, cycling, or taking public transportation. Parking in bike lanes forces cyclists to swerve into car traffic or ride on the sidewalk, which is unsafe for everyone--cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. To my knowledge, no other major city allows such a thing, and it must stop now."

-Alexander H. 1 day, 20 hours ago

"Allowing people to park in bike lines is counterproductive and further discourages biking while encouraging more driving. We all know this city doesn’t need more cars."

-Erika H. 1 day, 21 hours ago

"Access to safe bike lanes is crucial for biker safety."

-Madison M. 2 days ago

"Bike city."

-James S. 2 days, 1 hour ago

"Take it away"

-Vanessa S. 2 days, 2 hours ago

"very helpful."

-Angela Grace C. 2 days, 3 hours ago

"No cars!"

-Jamie N. 2 days, 3 hours ago

"Keep our Bike Lanes safe!"

-Karim S. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"Why even have bike lanes if people are parking in them??"

-Rani R. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"We want our bike lanes!!"

-Jessie W. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"The churchgoers should not park in the bike lane, it makes life very dangerous for bikers"

-Christopher A. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"Need these lanes to travel safely!!"

-Theodore S. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"Give me safe bike lanes"

-Oliver C. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"Please, keep cars off bike lanes. In 2021I have had a couple incidents were fell off my bike because of cars parked in bike lanes."

-Benjamin G. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"Bike lanes for Bikes! Not parked cars. Biking is dangerous enough in the city, need bike lanes to remain open 24/7!"

-Beth M. 2 days, 4 hours ago

"This is an important issue! Keep the bike lanes open!!"

-Daniel J. 2 days, 5 hours ago

"We need this for the safety of our children !"

-Kalan L. 2 days, 5 hours ago

"No reason to block the bike lane for just a couple of parking spots, even on a weekend"

-Noah B. 2 days, 20 hours ago

"I’ve experienced unsafe conditions as a cyclist and seen people almost get hit while driving because when you are forced into the lane people don’t see cyclists especially at intersections."

-Cynthia B. 3 days, 3 hours ago

"The bike lane parking routinely forces me to bike in the traffic lane, endangering myself and impeding the flow of traffic along Pine and Spruce. The bike lanes are obstructed during the week by parked cars, and they're obstructed on Sundays by parked cars. These two streets are the only protected East/West bike lanes to get across Center City, and yet they're obstructed every day of the week."

-Jeremy C. 3 days, 22 hours ago

"The bike line should be for bikes, not cars. Plain and simple. Do the right thing."

-George A. 4 days, 1 hour ago

"It just doesn't make sense that the city invested in a network of bike lanes for the biker's safety just to give them up for folks to park their cars. Putting bikers in jeopardy again."

-Estela N. 4 days, 2 hours ago

"No cars in the bike lane!"

-Jordan T. 4 days, 5 hours ago

"The city sends a loud and clear message that cars take highest priority over citizens when it sanctions the bogus use of construction parking permits to allow parking of personal vehicles (many with out-of-state plates) in dedicated bicycle lanes. This puts lives at risk and discourages the citizens of Philadelphia from riding our bikes on streets paid for with our taxes. Please end this practice immediately."

-Johanna N. 4 days, 7 hours ago

"This is a huge problem on Lancaster Ave, particularly on the blocks between 39th and 43rd Street many cars double park, sit idle, sit with hazards, open doors with without looking or generally drive without regard for the safety and well being of cyclists or pedestrians."

-Colin G. 5 days, 3 hours ago

"houses of worship should aim to live in harmony with the neighborhoods they live in, not treat them like free parking lots which are then often used after services for people to shop downtown etc. This is key bike infrastructure and it should not be blocked"

-Leonard B. 5 days, 4 hours ago

"It is especially dangerous to ride with children when constantly forced into car lanes."

-Kathryn C. 5 days, 5 hours ago

"The Pine and Spruce bike lane is the best thing for cyclists just south of the city, providing a safe and healthy alternative means for Philadelphians to get where they're going without the issues that come with driving everywhere. However, when drivers park in the bike lane, it becomes unsafe very quickly, as cyclists such as myself have to suddenly contend with auto traffic, which becomes dangerous and even deadly. Let's protect these bike lanes, and prioritize cycling over drivers who may not even live in the city and have alternatives for where they can safely park."

-Mark G. 5 days, 20 hours ago

"Swerving around parked cars puts my life at risk! Please stop allowing the convenience of few to overtake a major thoroughfare for bike traffic."

-Gabriella F. 5 days, 22 hours ago

"In recent years I have stopped utilizing the bike lanes on Pine and Spruce because it is honestly safer to ride in a traffic lane on adjacent streets. We need a safe corridor for biking in Center City."

-Kevin V. 5 days, 23 hours ago

"Parking in the bike lanes defeats the point of having them in the first place. It makes the streets more dangerous and results in congestion from the number of cars on the streets which can not handle them due to lack of alternative means of travel. What's worse is that the bike lanes are turned into parking lots for organizations which pay not taxes to maintain the roads which they claim the exclusive right to have."

-alexander m. 5 days, 23 hours ago

"As someone who bikes to get places in Center City, I have personal experience navigating around cars parked in bike lanes. It is DANGEROUS!"

-Meredith S. 6 days, 1 hour ago

"Religious practitioners should not receive special rights or exemptions to the law on public land. The flagrant mis-parking creates a danger for everyone - bikers, pedestrians, and drivers - and makes the major lanes unusable during their prime times --- weekends!"

-Erin G. 6 days, 1 hour ago

"Most of the attendees could walk, or take public transportation. We should incentivize those modes."

-Mark H. 6 days, 1 hour ago

"This parking coincides with daytime bicycle use. Many of the vehicles parked are not attending services."

-Christopher M. 6 days, 3 hours ago

"11. Thou shalt bike to church."

-Jacob R. 6 days, 3 hours ago

"As the mother of an adult child who has biked as her only form of transportation for the last 24 years, I applaud those municipal governments that choose to advocate for cyclists. Allowing parking in a designated bike lane - even if only during specified times - defeats the purpose of the bike lane and increases the danger for those who depend on bicycles for transportation. I beseech City Hall to reverse their recent decision."

-Helene A. 6 days, 4 hours ago

"Biking in the city is so dangerous, this does not help."

-Sarah H. 6 days, 4 hours ago

"Please protect our bike lanes!"

-Nicholas M. 6 days, 4 hours ago

"Climate change is real and we are already seeing the effects. Bowing to the pressure of oil-rich dictators is also real, and we are spending billions on a war in Ukraine because Europe is dependent on Russian oil. Reducing car dependency will reduce global oil consumption and mitigate both of these seemingly intractable issues. Unfortunately it's still terrifying to bicycle in Philadelphia, and will remain so until there are safe corridors for both east-west and north-south travel. Please withdraw these permits and put up real barriers that protect our fragile human bodies from the inherent violence of cars."

-Melanie M. 6 days, 4 hours ago

"I am a Queen Village resident who loves going to church and deeply supports the Philadelphia religious community and their worship activities. Furthermore, I am a staunch advocate for disability access and ADA compliance. The current Sunday parking situation is a non-solution and cannot stand. There is absolutely no reason that a safer plan be delayed any further. This is of crucial importance to the safety of our greater community. We need a safe solution and we need it now - one that features actual handicap parking in the area for those who require it, not a blatant misuse of permits. Parking in the bike lane puts our community at risk and is at best an unacceptable inconvenience (a literal roadblock). Quite simply: it is not fair to my neighbors. This needs to be thoughtfully worked through with urgency and with particular concern for road safety and ADA retrofitting. Thank you."

-Kristen F. 6 days, 4 hours ago

"we should be encouraging car-free transportation!"

-Raul S. 6 days, 17 hours ago

"I applaud Philly Bike Action - may they be the new fiscal conduit required to make quality of life improvements within the city - such as ensuring Bike Lanes are not used as a bartering tool for the Powers that Be to have convenient parking. This practice encourages bike lane obstruction by other motorists who observe the tacit policy with the churches - make it safe and FAIR for all."

-Paul S. 1 week ago

"Bike lanes should only be closed in full street-closure emergencies. Congregations should encourage their members to walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation to services. The long-standing permits have endangered cyclists for far too long."

-Marissa N. 1 week ago

"This city was not built for cars! For ANY American city to be future-ready, we are going to need to stop catering to the private automobile and start putting people first."

-Justin B. 1 week ago

"I got into a bad biking accident that left me with multiple injuries, all because an illegally parked van was parked near a bike lane. Philly can and must do better to protect our residents."

-Shana A. 1 week ago

"Our bike lanes are already so poorly enforced, with no real separation from the driving lanes and constant harassment from drivers. No one should be allowed to get a free pass to illegally park in a bike lane. Church isn't a justification for endangering the lives of Philly bikers. It's unacceptable that this is even a thing congregations can do- more special rights for orgs that already have outsized power relative to their tax status. Congregants should have to find parking the same way everyone else does."

-Jennifer T. 1 week, 1 day ago

"No one should be allowed to get a free pass to illegally park in a bike lane, just as no one should be allowed to park in a handicapped space, regardless of their justification."

-David L. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Please keep bike lanes free for non-powered bicycles. Please ticket Uber/lyft/taxi drivers who are too lazy to pull over at street corners instead of in the bike lane, too."

-Brendan L. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Our city should be doing everything it can to incentivize the use of bike and public transit infrastructure to reduce traffic and pollution. When the preferences of drivers are prioritized over the actual needs of cyclists, we create unsafe situations that make it harder for people to choose the better option of biking to get around Philly. Let’s protect the dedicated infrastructure we do have and keep our bike lanes accessible to bikes!"

-Jake F. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I have been doored, clipped and even T-boned countless times in Philly and never once in the drunk driving capital of New Orleans. Please protect what few safer spaces cyclists have. The trifecta of Philly, Jersey & NYC drivers makes an especially road ragey cocktail. I know it’s a tired joke how the local driving culture looks the other way for hazard light double parking, packing the box after a red light & disregard of through traffic (especially pedestrians) when turning. Congregations should use some of their tax free funds for a shuttle if they can’t afford or find parking not endanger already fragile bikes."

-Molly K. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I used to commute down these bike lanes and it was always such a harrowing experience. Why do we continue to prioritize car culture and the convenience of a select few people over the safety of so many?"

-Andres R. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I no longer live in Philadelphia but I support bike lanes being usable as intended, especially when blocking them creates a huge hazard for many"

-Jennifer S. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I'm a person who doesn't drive due to a disability. I don't bicycle anymore, but I am on the streets every day and I see bike lanes as an important part of the city. Parking is a challenge, but taking away from bike lanes is not the answer. Bike lanes bring safety to bikers and also people like me who are just trying to navigate cars everywhere -- on sidewalks, in cross walks. It has to stop."

-Caroline L. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Enforcement of existing traffic laws is one of the easiest, fastest ways for Philadelphia to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. There is no reason to allow this infringement of the safety of the general public, particularly in a case like this which is clearly favoring a particular religious group over others."

-Karl K. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Please keep bike riders safe!"

-Elizabeth H. 1 week, 1 day ago

"People over cars."

-Stephen S. 1 week, 1 day ago

"no cars in bike lanes"

-Matthew W. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Please keep cyclist safe"

-Cameron M. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Making Philadelphia more bike-friendly and more environmentally friendly is important to me as a citizen of this city!"

-Alessandra C. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Safety is serious"

-Sean L. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Dear Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability, As a frequent user of the Spruce and Pine Street bike lanes, I am asking you to withdraw the bike lane parking permits used by congregations on those streets. These permits are a risk to people currently biking along these streets and deny a safe place to ride for those who would like to bike here. Alternatives to bike lane parking exist. I encourage you to work with the congregations currently requesting permits to find those alternatives once the permits are withdrawn. Thank you, Elam"

-Elam B. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I drive and bike in Philly. The city desperately needs safer cycling infrastructure—not more car accommodations."

-Bryan C. 1 week, 1 day ago

"I live, commute, and ride my bike in the city. Too many cyclists have been killed by motorists In the past few years and it seems to be getting worse. The bike lanes need to be physically separated from cars."

-Mike S. 1 week, 1 day ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes, not cars. There are multiple parking lots within a short 1-2 block walk of all these congregations. No one's lives should be put in danger just so someone can park marginally closer to their church."

-Jeremy L. 1 week, 2 days ago

"It is a risk to cyclist and drivers both to have cars parked in these bike lanes! There are plenty of parking lots available for those cars to park close to these churches that don’t involve blocking the bike lane"

-Meredith M. 1 week, 2 days ago

"I support making our streets safer for everyone!"

-Wenmouth W. 1 week, 2 days ago

"Please also create protected bike lanes"

-Julia K. 1 week, 2 days ago

"As a vigilant driver in the city, I constantly worry about the safety of the cyclists around me. Choke points where we have to share a lane are stressful and dangerous and exacerbated by unnecessary parking/double parking in bike lanes. Give our cyclists protected bike lanes to keep us ALL safe and traffic moving smoothly!"

-Em S. 1 week, 2 days ago

"There isn’t a single day I bike in the city without putting my safety at risk by swerving around these parked cars in the bike lane. Please think of our safety by creating protected bike lanes!"

-Julissa W. 1 week, 2 days ago

"People should be able to ride their bikes safely, without the stress of having to weave in and out of traffic."

-Cassandra G. 1 week, 2 days ago

"If parking is allowed in bike lanes, then there is no bike lane. People will go where they feel safest, and if they're constantly being forced to weave, many will choose the route that makes them most visible to traffic at all times and forego the bike lane entirely."

-Archer H. 1 week, 2 days ago

"Having to swerve around parked cars into traffic while pulling my young children in a bike trailer is an infuriating risk I should never have to deal with. Safe bike lanes now!"

-Jason B. 1 week, 2 days ago

"Please find a safe alternative that values safety. Surely the Spruce and Pine congregations value life above all else."

-Laura V. 1 week, 2 days ago

"Please take action to assure that bikes can access the bike lanes, and not have to dangerously divert into traffic to travel down the street. Thank you."

-Henry S. 1 week, 2 days ago

"Please discontinue this dangerous practice of issuing bike-lane parking permits"

-Robert G. 1 week, 3 days ago

"Vehicles parked in bike lanes at any time increase risk to all cyclists. When the bike lane of an entire block is occupied, the risk is exponential as drivers get frustrated at being able to travel only as fast as the slowest cyclist."

-Earl M. 1 week, 3 days ago

"I want my family to be able to bike safely in our neighborhood!"

-Hilary J. 1 week, 3 days ago

"Regular, temporary exceptions to public safety laws create permanent public safety hazards. Giving motorists any suggestion that parking in a bike lane is okay sometimes will inevitably be interpreted by some as it being okay anytime. Bike lanes have to be protected all the time if they are to fulfill their public safety purpose 24 7 365."

-Steven P. 1 week, 3 days ago

"Safe bike lanes please"

-Beau C. 1 week, 3 days ago

"I commute and run errands regularly along Spruce St. via biking and pray that I’m not in front of an angry driver every time I have to swerve into the street because worshippers are parked in the bike lanes. Please help make our city safer for cyclists 🙏"

-Kei F. 1 week, 4 days ago

"I believe members of religious congregations are welcome to park the same way as patrons of any other business in the city; by finding on street parking or paying to park in a myriad of lots in the area. It's strange that we set aside space in the city that is designated for bike but only when it doesn't inconvenience cars. We don't let people park on the sidewalk because it's allocated for pedestrians and it would be unsafe for people to walk into the street to avoid cars on the sidewalk. The same is true for this space allocated for bikes."

-Jonathan K. 1 week, 4 days ago

"Practicing slalom in and out of the bike lanes to avoid parked cars seems like fun but almost getting hit every time you go out for a ride makes it less enjoyable... Philadelphia is one of the least bike friendly cities in the country but yet it has so much potential!"

-Steve H. 1 week, 4 days ago

"This needs to happen, people on bikes are not safe. Even cross the street can be an issue because you can’t see cars on coming."

-Justin D. 1 week, 4 days ago

"Bike lanes are meant to keep bicyclists safe. How can they be safe if they have to weave in and out of traffic to avoid vehicles parked in the bike lane. This is basically an F You to bicyclists. “We put a bike lane there, what more do you want” It’d be nice if bicyclists could actually use the bike lanes without having to worry about their safety."

-Devon P. 1 week, 4 days ago

"I would like to see all of the congregation parking eliminated!"

-Stephanie D. 1 week, 4 days ago

"Protect designated bike lanes - no exceptions!"

-Rachel C. 1 week, 4 days ago

"What’s the point of having bike lanes if cars are allowed to park in them?"

-Samantha P. 1 week, 4 days ago

"Please prioritize the safety of cyclists over convenience for car drivers! More people will bike if the city makes it safe to do so, and keeping bike lanes clear is one way to make biking safer. More people biking will improve individual health, community health, environmental health, and even the economic health of the city."

-Matthew C. 1 week, 4 days ago

"We know that letting congregants park in the bike lanes was a deal the city made with the devil when they first installed the bike lanes. Clergy and congregants need to know this behavior needs to end for the safety of everyone on 2 wheels. Having a house of worship in the city is tough when people move away and expect to come back in their cars. Should the needs of one person in a car override the 10-20 cyclists that use these bike lanes every hour? There are alternatives to this."

-Amy K. 1 week, 4 days ago

"Cyclists deserve to feel safe commuting and riding for pleasure on the streets!"

-C A. 1 week, 4 days ago

"I don't bike in this city because of things like this. If we prioritized the safety of other modes of transportation I would be more apt to."

-Ashlei T. 1 week, 4 days ago

"It's high time we stop putting city imperatives like efficient flow of traffic and pedestrian/cyclist safety at risk in order to facilitate parking for visitors to churches. Center City has a wealth of parking options for visitors."

-Christopher G. 1 week, 5 days ago

"Cars in bike lanes continue to present a safety risk to me and my family as cyclists and drivers in Philadelphia."

-Shelby P. 1 week, 5 days ago

"I use the Spruce & Pine Street bike lanes as my primary commute route . I hope that the city would withdraw the bike lane parking permits and regularly enforce ticketing in the bike lanes. Vehicles parking in the bike lane is dangerous and doesn't serve Philadelphia residents."

-Matthew N. 1 week, 5 days ago

"There are many lots in the city that sit mostly empty during the Saturday and Sunday morning times. It is imperative that only bikes be allowed in bike lanes. It is only a matter of time until someone pays for these parking permits with their life. If that happens, these churches and synagogues will pray for alternative solutions and send condolences to the family of the victim. Let's make sure nobody dies and everyone can be safe. Let's find a parking lot alternative for these cars and encourage SEPTA and other ways to go to worship without city-permitted parking in bike lanes. Thank you."

-Debby D. 1 week, 5 days ago

"Please do not permit cars to park in the bike lanes."

-Ken K. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Please keep the bike lanes open!"

-Zach J. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Please prioritize safety over convenience - these permits put vulnerable road users at risk."

-Nick L. 1 week, 6 days ago

"This is such a dangerous situation. I ride often on Sundays down both Spruce and Pine and find this practice totally unsafe."

-Peter F. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes!"

-Michael G. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Withdraw the BIKE LANE parking permits for cars immediately! BIKE LANES are for BIKES, not more places for cars to park."

-Christine D. 1 week, 6 days ago

"I use this bike lane frequently, particularly on weekends, and would really appreciate feeling safe using a lane intended for bikes instead of risking my life in the vehicular traffic. Please do the right thing here. Thanks!"

-Brandon S. 1 week, 6 days ago

"You would never allow people to block an entire road for parking, so why would you allow people to block a bike lane? Blocking a bike lane puts cyclist's lives at risk, and shouldn't be allowed."

-Dara S. 1 week, 6 days ago

"As a regular visitor to the city, I would rather transit + bike instead of driving. You are 'making' what, 20 parking spaces, but pushing 50 ? 100? people off of bikes, into cars, that then also need parking. The worse you make biking, the more I (and others) need to drive to or through that neighborhood, the more cars there are clogging it up."

-Jonathan M. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Blocking bike lanes and forcing bikes to intersect with traffic goes against Philly's Vision Zero initiative. Thank you for your consideration,"

-Ethan F. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Please revoke the permit for weekend parking on the bike lanes. It creates a dangerous environment for cyclists pedestrians and drivers."

-Anthony M. 1 week, 6 days ago

"I agree with the petition.I also question where the folks parking are coming from. Why don't they use SEPTA? It's a major inconvenience and safety issue."

-Owen S. 1 week, 6 days ago

"It makes no sense to me that these permits are still in place. They are risking my life and the life of others for convenience."

-Teddy M. 1 week, 6 days ago

"My family rides on Spruce and Pine regularly. Blocking the bike lane creates an unsafe situation."

-Peter M. 1 week, 6 days ago

"This also creates a hazardous condition for drivers when people park poorly in the bike lanes. I see no reason to continue this practice for any stakeholders"

-Noah R. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Please stop trying to kill me."

-Chris D. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Please do this absolute barest minimum to keep people safe on the street"

-Arrick U. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Safety of bicyclists before convenience of parking. The city needs to do both."

-mary m. 1 week, 6 days ago

"These permits are unnecessary and create dangerous conditions for cyclists - who are already the most vulnerable group of road users in Philadelphia - regularly harassed and put in unsafe situations by irresponsible, dangerous and aggressive drivers. As a taxpaying Philadelphian I consider paramount the delivery of safe infrastructure for all road users - pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers alike. Withdrawing these irresponsible permits is just one small step towards providing safe and equitable road conditions for all Philadelphians."

-Joseph M. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Jesus walked. It’s very bizarre and silly to allow church goers to clog up streets with car storage on Sundays."

-Nick A. 1 week, 6 days ago

"This has been an issue and danger to me and my family many times."

-Regan L. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Cyclists deserve safe space on the road! Forcing them into the lane of traffic with cars is dangerous. Make our streets safer every day of the week!"

-Bethany H. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Keep our cyclists safe!"

-Timothy D. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Bike lanes are safer when they're for bikes!"

-Tanya V. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Forcing cyclists into active traffic lanes is a dangerous practice. Bike lanes are there for a reason, not to serve as surplus parking. I hope someone at OTIS takes seriously the dangers cyclists face."

-Peter L. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Especially not on weekends when most of us are able to bike!"

-Dennis B. 1 week, 6 days ago

"Bikes need space and safety"

-Mark K. 1 week, 6 days ago

"As a bike commuter and pedestrian I’ve thought this practice was dangerous and irresponsible for years, so I’m furious to learn that it actually isn’t legal but the rules just aren’t being enforced."

-Dan O. 1 week, 6 days ago

"I dont bike but my husband was hit by a car last year. I don’t want that happening again. The streets should be safer for everyone to use."

-Lindsey K. 2 weeks ago

"Every single day I am taking the Spruce street to go to work and everyday I have to switch to the car lane and put myself at risk of being hit only because cars/trucks are randomly stopping and parking in the bike lane! It’s dangerous and inconsiderate towards us cyclists."

-Christian H. 2 weeks ago

"The parking situation renders the bike lanes unusable for large stretches at a time. It’s infuriating!"

-Chris L. 2 weeks ago

"I don't even bike and even I know this is some extremely dumb stuff. A bike network doesn't work unless it's a network, and selling out legs of it to cars - especially PARKED cars - is braindead Car lanes and parking already take up close to 50% of our city. If you can't give up a few parking spaces, don't be surprised when bikeshare continues to languish and traffic, climate, noise, and pedestrian deaths continue to plague the city"

-Eric F. 2 weeks ago

"I support a community arrangement that doesn't put bikers at risk."

-Avital P. 2 weeks ago

"no parking in bike lanes"

-michael g. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"It is long overdue to withdraw the bike lane parking permits by congregations on Spruce & Pine Sts. These permits have left bicyclists trying to negotiate the traffic which is very dangerous for bicyclists. There are other alternatives for the drivers other than parking in the bike lanes...I.e, garage parking."

-Suzanne H. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Keeping bike lanes clear is critical for both cyclist safety and so cyclists can ride predictably near automobile users."

-Ben N. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Please make Philly safer for cyclists."

-george h. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Better enforcement Monday through Friday is also needed. Car drivers also need to be educated on the fact that Philadelphia was designed before the invention of the car and are not allowed to complain that they can't find a place to park their car."

-Tim R. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Convenient parking should not take precedence over the safety of cyclists."

-Ed H. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Enough of cars in the bike lane!! That defeats the entire purpose of having the bike lane at all. It is difficult enough to navigate around Philly on a bike without there being cars forcing bikers out into the street every block."

-Nic T. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Cyclists need safe car free lanes."

-Collin M. 2 weeks, 1 day ago

"Parking on the bike lane is illegal and dangerous. We cannot let our public roads be taken over by entitled drivers who feel that they can do whatever they want. Whether it’s blacked out license plates, parking on the sidewalk, or parking on the bike lanes, this practice has to end."

-Kevin G. 2 weeks, 2 days ago

"Bike lane parking should not be permitted.- Not by Uber drivers or Amazon delivery vans- nor by church goers or residents. Please create safe streets for all."

-Nancy A. 2 weeks, 2 days ago

"This is violating the safety of a more freedom cultivating vehicle than the car: the bicycle. This is unacceptable for being one of top 50 bike friendly cities in the USA!"

-Matthew P. 2 weeks, 2 days ago

"I ride these bike lanes nearly every day. The number of cars parked in them is absurd."

-Brian B. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"When part of the bike lanes are filled by cars, cyclists are forced to weave in and out of traffic, which increases the chance of collisions."

-Ann D. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"If you wouldn't let your 8yr old daughter ride in the bike lane by herself, then it's not safe enough."

-Zed K. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I live btwn spruce and pine and do not feel safe riding my bicycle with my 11 yr old son every single Sunday because of the unsafe parking practices allowed because of churches. Their rights are not greater than mine yet they put me and my family at risk of cars without a thought of how unfair this practice is. The City is responsible for any injury or death that occurs because of this illegal parking allowance. I am sure their god would agree with me."

-Michael M. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"While I understand the need of those who must drive their personal vehicles to worship and park them nearby, bike lanes are not a suitable location for doing this. Bike lanes are critical for safe transportation for families like mine and for people with disabilities. Please work with congregations to identify their needs and provide suitable parking for those who need it. Do not put people on bikes in harms way to accomplish this."

-Nathan V. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Safety before parking."

-Warren S. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Bike lane parking policy is dangerous and negligent and needs to end immediately. Additionally, this policy misappropriates bike infrastructure for vehicles, masking budget allocations for cars under cycling dollars, while reporting “investments” toward cycling. This is manipulation and abuse of our city budget that needs to be eliminated immediately. City policies like this endorse poor driver behavior and dehumanization of cyclists. Drivers are aggressive in Philadelphia and use hateful, dehumanizing rhetoric against cyclist. Just spend some time on NextDoor. Cyclists should be able to enjoy bike lanes for commuting and for pleasure. One is not more important than the other. Open bike lanes on Sundays and stop prioritizing cars over the safety of citizens."

-Sarita C. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please make streets safer for people, not cars."

-Ivan M. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I use to commute by bicycle but have given up due to it being too dangerous. Now I only ride on the SRT. Creating more dedicated bike lanes would make me more confident in commuting by bike again. Please withdraw the bike lane parking permits used by congregations on Spruce and Pine Streets."

-Jake C. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"PHL needs to be consistent and pro active in supporting and protecting the infrastructure it builds for its citizens."

-Travis S. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please let us ride safely"

-Luke M. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"New cyclists only have two east/west lanes they can feel safe crossing the city on. Their being covered in cars teaches that cycling in the city can't be safe"

-Chris A. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"The Spruce and Pine bike lanes are highly used and safest places to bike in center city. Parked cars in these lanes force us bikers into traffic and risk getting hit by cars (who will not yield to bikers!). Keeping cars out of these lanes will prevent accidents and reduce congestion!"

-Clark G. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Just last night, riding on spruce because I’m from out of town and that’s where the bike l supposedly is. But around 17th I have to take lane because one car after another is in the bike lane. An aggressive driver gets behind me, intentionally trying to make me afraid to bully me off the road. Please enforce the lane!"

-Wesley H. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes 24/7, not parked cars"

-Steve B. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"There should be no permit for parking in a bike lane - anywhere - no exception!"

-Dan C. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Bike lanes keep people safe, but only if they're actually usable. These kinds of permits get cyclists injured & killed."

-Corrinne F. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Olé keep the bike lane safe"

-Thuy Bich L. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Dangerous practice. I bike on Spruce and Pine frequently."

-John P. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please take cycling safety seriously. Bikes are our religion and bike lanes are where we worship. Thank you."

-David T. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"This is simple math. You can do something to make bike lanes safe for bikes and not just an extra space for cars. You all spent the time creating the lanes, now you gotta keep going a little while longer so that they can actually be used for their intended purpose! I know you can do it!"

-Emily K. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Protect people riding bikes!"

-Megan S. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"What's the point of bike lanes if cars can park in them???"

-David M. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Seems like these parking permits kinda defeat the purpose of a bike lane, don't they? Philly should be promoting alternate forms of transportation like bikes and SEPTA to get around, reducing congestion and pollution while improving safety - for residents and visitors."

-Michael F. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please do not give out those work around permits, don't break your own laws and permit parking in the bike lanes. What is the point of a lane, something we have to fight and grovel for even the most basic lane if the city just gives out work around permits to allow people to park in the bike lane they are not meant to be in. This is like parking cars in a car travel lane to a bike rider. Now I must go into the car lanes to go around which is a higher risk then just taking the lane normally since I'm popping out suddenly. All that giving permits and making the lanes less safe and nice to use does is create more car traffic, something this city doesn't need. Thank you."

-Nicholas A. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"it's called the bike lane for a reason"

-Taylor L. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"We as bikers have the right commute safely and use the lanes designated for bikers every day of the week. I dream of the day I am able to bike to Headhouse farmers market in the bike lines built to keep me safe!"

-Elise D. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I utilize these bike lanes every day. Parking in the lanes is dangerous for bikers and causes disruptions to the normal flow of traffic as bikers are forced to swerve around parked cars. Make bike lanes safe and effective for everyone!"

-Caitlin Y. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Residents riding bikes in Philadelphia are put at risk daily because of the community’s lack of respect for bike lanes. The City should set a precedent by removing these permits in support of safe and accessible streets for all users."

-Kelsey H. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"These puts people in danger."

-Matt M. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Spruce and Pine bike lanes are the back bone for traveling across the city. The slower road speeds make them safer for a larger range of biking skill levels to use. I recently saw an older woman almost get seriously injured when she was forced into the driving lane by a parking car. Please stop granting permission for this outrageously dangerous practice of parking in these lanes. Far more bikers use these lanes than number of cars that park in them."

-Ian W. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I use these bike lanes every day I travel to work and come near death by drivers trying to run me off the road. The city built infrastructure to make this a safe space for cyclists to commute yet it is miserable to bike on these streets. These permits were a slap in the face to every day citizens and they’re not even the worst part. Contractors and delivery drivers occupy bike lanes with immunity daily."

-Charles R. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I can’t afford a car and depend on my bike to get around Philly. I use the pine and Spruce bike lanes to get from my home in south Philly to work every weekend - I work on weekends because I work in the service industry - and every week, I am forced into traffic because of the cars parked in the bike lanes. I have been assaulted, verbally abused, nearly doored from cars in bike lane, and pinched off the road into the parked cars because the cars behind me became upset by me using the road. One even yelled “use the bike lane!” while cars were parked in the bike lane for worship. I regularly see families with young children attempting to use the designated bike lanes as a leisurely weekend activity forced into traffic as well. There are plenty of side streets and lots for cars to park, but we cyclists have limited spaces designated to keep us safe. Please preserve these safe spaces for us to commute, teach our children how to ride a bike, or simply enjoy the city via a joyful and healthy mode of transport."

-Brooke N. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I, nor anyone, wants to die so other can worship. Please stop the parking in the bike lanes!"

-Michael A. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please please please!"

-Annie O. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I’ve watched someone get hit by a garbage truck on Pine street when biking around the parked cars. This must stop."

-Lauren Z. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"While I don’t live in the city, my partner lives in the city as well as our friends. I use this “bike lane” and it pointless. Please revoke the permits to allow safer travel for cyclists. The city doesn’t need more cars, it needs safer alternative forms of transportation."

-Nathan B. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Although I do not live in the city myself, my children do and they ride on the streets in Philadelphia often as do I occasionally. I prefer safe streets to going out in traffic when there is a designated lane for my/our safety"

-Jackie P. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"I use Pine/Spruce to navigate the city several times a week, and enjoy it so much as a safe, reliable option during the week that the change in sense of safety on the weekends (and even during the week with cars regularly stopped in the bike lane) is discouraging. Withdrawing these parking permits, to me, would be an amazing commitment to bike safety from the city and an extension of the appreciated efforts elsewhere towards providing many bicycle riders a sense of comfort."

-Stephen S. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Unsafe practice. I almost died one time having to abruptly swerve into traffic. Unacceptable planning."

-Graham B. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Bikes are an important form of transportation in this city and bike infrastructure must be protected. Bike lanes are for the safety of cyclists, not extra parking!"

-Cameron D. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Respect bike infrastructure"

-Bryce L. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"Please do not ignore this dangerous permit before it is too late. This will directly impact the safety of everyday commuters traveling by bike. Last year already broke the record on lethal vehicular related crashes for bicyclist in Philadelphia. It is time to enact regulation that saves lives, not endanger them."

-Adam R. 2 weeks, 3 days ago

"These should be the best streets to bike on in the city and instead every day is a mad max esque hell ride where you should expect to die due to being forced out of the bike lane by a delivery driver or parked car."

-Michael E. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Respect bike infrastructure!!"

-Stacie B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Car have their own lane, respect bike transportation!"

-Kate F. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I bike along the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine Sts several times per week for work and recreation. I've been injured in bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles in the past and am constantly in fear of my safety when cars are permitted to park in the bike lane. Please end this practice so that the convenience of others does not take precendence over my and other riders' safety!"

-Michael N. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"What is even the point of a bike lane if you are giving people legal right to park there? The whole point of a bike lane is to alleviate congestion by giving cyclists an unobstructed path This is just sheer legislative failure, I mean who thought this was a good idea?"

-Garrett C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It doesn’t make sense to endanger residents of the city so that people can drive from elsewhere to park in a bike lane. I do not feel safe using these bike lanes — because they are regularly occupied by cars."

-Charles D. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Make bike lanes safe again!"

-Cole H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Every car that blocks the bike lane puts cyclists at risk. There is no point to a bike lane if cyclists can’t use it!"

-Amy T. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I bike on Spruce and Pine everyday on my commute to center city. Every day a car is parked in the lane, and every time I'm forced out into the road creating an unsafe conflict for cyclists and other drivers.Philly has the tools to be a first class city for active transportation, but needs to take vision 0 and safety seriously."

-owen k. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Bike lane parking (whether associated with a church or not) forces riders to merge into traffic which is often moving faster than us which is difficult and dangerous."

-Kimberlee M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"A bike lane that allows parking is not a bike lane. Church parking is a ridiculous, outdated custom started to get buy in from congregations to install bike lanes in the first place. They are essentially nonexistent on the weekends, and cars remain in the lanes long long after any kind of church services might have ended. It’s 2024 - give cyclists our lanes."

-Scott G. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please help keep us safe"

-Shmem Rose C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please help me and all Philly bicyclists arrive at our destinations safely. Thank you."

-Lisa W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Many bikers I struck by vehicles on a regular basis in Philadelphia because our infrastructure does not make it safe for them. Biking reduces pollution, and makes Philadelphia a much more accessible and safe place. We need more protection for bikers especially on the few bike Lanes we have allotted for them. We should have more bike lanes and entire streets made into pedestrian only lanes. We need to remove any parking permits in bike Lanes as it is very disruptive and makes for dangerous situations which cause more traffic."

-Tyler k. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please keep our streets safe for bikers."

-Alyssa M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It's confusing to cyclists and drivers to change the rules about bike lanes. Please do not let cars park in them, period."

-Shawn W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Keep cars out of the city’s bike lanes please!"

-Róisín F. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please prioritize the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and all non-drivers."

-Jasmine W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Stay out of the bike lane!!"

-Marcus P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The city needs to prioritize bike transportation. If we give up what little infrastructure there is to cars at the first request, we are demonstrating how little we care about bikes. If parking is this much of an issue, make parking mandatory for new builds in the city."

-Emmet W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please enforce the idea that bicycles are vehicles, and bike traffic is real traffic! As a cyclist and bike commuter, I often have to swerve into dangerous car traffic all over the city when drivers treat bike lanes as though they don’t exist. Allowing permits for bike lane parking undermines respect and safe treatment of bike lanes by drivers."

-Caroline C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"We use these bicycle lanes regularly, if not daily, and having the entirety of it blocked by cars is an obvious danger. It’s our only bit of safety from other drivers during the highly trafficked weekend."

-Evan W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Make Philadelphia safer and easier to bike in! Cars have plenty of places to be, but yet there’s no respect for Philadelphia’s bikers! It’s a clean and safe way to transport people, and yet we’re making it difficult and dangerous to do so by prioritizing cars. Bike lanes should only be for bikes, and that rule should be upheld and enforced!"

-Jillian H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Every time a car is parked in a bike lane, the cyclist has to swerve into traffic to avoid it. This puts puts cyclists and other pedestrians at high risk. Bicycling, pedestrian, and public transportation infrastructure is paramount to countering numerous intersecting problems faced by most American cities and should be prioritized."

-Bill L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The bikes must flow!"

-Justin L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"its time to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of this city's residents."

-Morgan B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please keep our bike lanes clear & safe!"

-Jasmin M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have to put our lives at stake so that people can use the most inefficient and wasteful form of transportation to go to their “religious gatherings.” Obviously these people don’t actually practice what they preach (or what is being preached) in their houses of worship. The irony of the situation is painful."

-Ello S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Recently on a Wednesday am ride I found an entire block bike lane full of parked cars. 4th to fifth I remember, on Spruce. Mostly expensive models. I phoned 311 but was directed to call 911. A better reporting system needs implemented."

-James S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"As a resident of Lehigh Valley and a visitor of Philly, I hope to see this positive change. Be a positive role model for other Pennsylvania cities who are nascent biking cities. Send the message, "Bikes belong in bike lanes - not cars.""

-Megan L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Every weekend I go on the bike path with my kid you put him at great risk. We have to go on the road for most of the way with other drivers trying to squeeze by us in a very aggressive way. No matter if it’s pine or spruce, both bike lanes are always full of cars. Please enforce the no parking, especially on the weekend when most families want to use the bike lanes !"

-Manfred W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please choose humans over cars. Please advocate for bikers safety so that we can all get to our destination and back home to our families without harm."

-Ashley P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Completely unacceptable to see this STILL occurring."

-Kyle H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Do what's obviously right"

-Cassidy H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"People who choose to drive to church rather than using other forms of transportation should have to locate parking as one does for any other purpose or outing. Putting people’s lives at risk by forcing them out of the few dedicated bike lanes in Center City is not acceptable."

-Liam G. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The roads are only getting more dangerous for bikers. Keep things safe."

-Reed S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"What makes this worse is that churches also pay no taxes."

-Kay K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"As a resident and voter living on Pine Street without a car, the bike lane is a game changer that lets me get around the city. Allowing parking on the bike lane will not only kill the bike lane, but will inevitably kill another Philadelphian to traffic violence."

-Adrian P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The safety of all who travel on our streets needs to be provided for. When my mode of transportation is a bicycle, a legal vehicle, my safety is being forfeited for the convenience of motorists who park in the bike lane. I request that my safety be considered as important as anyone’s, no more, but no less."

-Todd H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Even as an experienced cyclist I am frequently forced into dangerous situations by entitled religious groups parking in the bike lane. This is even riskier for families, casual & older riders who can't match speed with cars & merge into traffic. The city needs to end this practice now and take responsibility for safe streets."

-Andrew P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"No special exemptions for bike lanes! Most people using the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine aren’t even parishioners."

-Matthew L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Biking is already risky and these permits only add to the chances that cyclists have to take each day."

-Amanda K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Cars in bike lanes make biking less safe! When more people bike, our city is safer and healthier!"

-Lisa J. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It's absurd to have the meager portion of the road allotted for bicycle transport encroached upon on a revolving basis."

-John M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"While I do not live in Philly, I've been visiting family there all my life. I've recently started biking in the city and immediately noticed how it was impossible to use many of the bike lanes. You dangerously need to swerve in and out of them due to the excessive amount of cars parked in them making them not viable options for bikers whether they are commuting for work, delivering food, or simply riding around."

-Saro M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Parking in the bike lanes creates a serious hazard not only for cyclists, but for pedestrians and other drivers. Often times I'll see official vehicles parked in these lanes as well, without any emergency lights or hazards indicating exception. Let's make Philly safer for all, please."

-Julien R. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Convenient, free parking should never be prioritized over the safety of vulnerable road users."

-Bernardino A. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I have always been a biker. I do not have a car and prefer this method of transportation. I’ve lived in Ann Arbor, DC, Denver and NYC and I have never felt unsafer biking than I do in Philly. It’s because of this city’s inability to provide more and SAFER alternatives to driving that these bike lanes are treated as accessories and citizens can’t use them properly. If you don’t respect bikers, then why should cars?"

-Caroline K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"There are lots and street parking these people can utilize. Allowing Parking on one of the few bike lanes in this city putting citizens at unnecessary risk."

-Heather V. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"This is an issue that affects many folks I know and myself! Please take action in the name of bike safety."

-Stephen P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The city needs to consider the safety of bicyclists. Not issuing these permits will be a step in the right direction. Bicyclists shouldn’t be paying with their safety so other don’t have to pay for parking"

-Wesley N. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Bikes have just as much right to a safe space to get from point A to B. Not everyone has the money to own a car and biking may be our only option. Philly drivers are crazy as it is so having to swerve to avoid cars just adds another layer of danger. Let’s make it safe for everyone getting to their point B."

-Pauline A. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"This was always a dumb idea and it should end, especially because most of the cars parked in the bike lane are not used by people attending the churches."

-Alexander M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please consider the safety and wellbeing of those who rely on bike lanes to travel throughout the city. Make sustainable transportation methods safe and desirable. Best, An inline skater"

-Aarushi G. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The bike lane is not a parking lot. Make it safer for bikers to ride without swerving into traffic."

-Jennifer D. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Streets are for people, not cars. We can have either bike lane parking, or Vision Zero, but we can't have both. I choose Vision Zero."

-Sam R. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"PLEASE work with the houses of worship on alternatives. I can't tell you (I guess I am now) how unsafe I feel having to ride in traffic on Pine and Spruce during hours of worship.It is neither right, fair, safe, nor I dare say, Judeo Christian! Besides that the permits themselves are illegal (only for construction vehicles). Thank you."

-Philip B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Additionally, could we get some actual enforcement of cars that are in the bike lane at any time for any reason? There are plenty of people ticketing cars for parking meters. It is arguably more dangerous form them to be stopped in bike lanes."

-Dustin O. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"My safety commuting on my bike shouldnt be compromised, simply because it inconveniences you to allow for it."

-Jeff C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I bike here. Cars being parked in these lanes and forcing me to swerve into traffic are literally life-threatening for me and thousands of other Philadelphians."

-Leo W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"As a native Philadelphian who uses a bike to get around the city all year long, at all times of day, I know that having unobstructed bike lanes is critical to keeping EVERYONE safe. Allowing drivers to take up dedicated bike lane space is illogical, unsafe, and discourages biking. Biking, for those who are able, can be a practical and healthy form of transportation in the city. It should be encouraged and protected by quality bike infrastructure. Blocked bike lanes make cyclists, particularly casual cyclists like myself, feel much less comfortable on the road. There are plenty of dedicated car spaces in this city, let's keep the far fewer bike-specific spaces car free."

-Jenna S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I don't bike myself but I have all the solidarity with those Philadelphians who do as a transit enthusiast. Improving bike (and other non-car) infrastructure and actively discouraging drivers from ruining the existing infrastructure will make people less afraid to walk and bike and help make Philadelphia a safer and more accessible city for everyone, including those who do still choose to drive."

-Alex P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Parking in bike lanes is unsafe and leads to threats on bikers safety from aggressive drivers. Reducing these conflicts is key to ensuring safe passage of all road users."

-James G. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Clear the lanes!"

-Sarah R. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"This kind of exception is an embarrassment for our city and dismisses the safety of Philly's people."

-Jess O. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The spruce street bike lane is used by trucks and people to park, which defeats the purpose of having a bike lane"

-Sean C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Bikers need better protections in this city"

-Drew K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Please prioritize the safety of all road users over the convenience of a few."

-Heather S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"This is the bare minimum - bikers safety should take precedence over convenient parking"

-Lucia C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Parked cars in bike lanes are very dangerous!"

-Dan W. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Keep our streets safe!"

-Basil J. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Spruce St is one of the few relatively safe westbound streets in Philadelphia but parked cars in the bike lane defeats the entire purpose."

-Gabriel M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"As a personal note, I regularly use the Spruce and Pine bike lanes for commuting and leisure. They are a vital east-west connection in the Philly bike lane network. Weekend congregation parking in these lanes, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, has put me into dangerous and unnecessary near-miss conflicts with motorists. Bring an end to bike lane parking permits, and protect Philadelphia's riders."

-Shawn B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It's time to set your priorities for Philadelphia. Are we going to value people who chose not to drive in our communities or are we going to value people who drive in from out of town?"

-Casey B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"These churches don't even pay taxes! The cyclists who need the lanes do!"

-Erin O. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"These bike lanes of traffic are main thoroughfares though densely populated and high traffic volume parts of the city. To have these permits in place puts bikers in danger from impatient drivers, distracted drivers, and pedestrians crossing"

-Anthony P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"As someone who was recently drawn to Philadelphia on the promise of our beautiful city to be a place I could navigate from outside the confines of a windshield, one of the greatest threats to that reputation and ideal are the routine abuses of the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine as parking for entitled drivers. And nothing is more frustrating is trying to navigate these lanes on a Sunday and being forced into car traffic because a few churches are able to skirt the rules that normally apply to everyone else, and don't care to have their congregants use one of the AMPLE parking lots and garages within the area. Please end this practice and strengthen the protections for the bike lanes to make Philadelphia a more healthy, green, and accessible city, on EVERY day of the week (including Sundays!)"

-Duncan A. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Keep bicyclists safe!"

-Maggie A. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Most people underestimate the danger that is created when a cyclist has to merge from a bike lane into vehicle traffic. "Just go around," they say. But blocked bike lanes are a major cause of conflict between bikes and cars. What we are talking about here is possible injury and even death vs convenient parking. This is not hyperbole and this shouldn't even be a debate. Please show us that you value our health and safety by withdrawing these permits."

-Karen B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"These bike lanes endanger the community!"

-James M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"A car swerved into the Spruce Street bike lane, hitting me. We need these lanes to have a physical barrier."

-ANDREW B. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"EVERY TIME there are always cars parked in the bike lane. Cars on this road are driving fast. As a teenager, I am frightened to bike with the cars. There has been construction on this path which made commuting on it extremely difficult. This bike lane is dysfunctional with the amount and frequency cars are parked in it!!!!"

-Rulan Z. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I will not rest until OTIS makes a public apology and rectifies this blight on our city."

-Joseph C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"It’s a no-brainer. Get the cars and the Sunday religious folk out of the bike lanes."

-Jason L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes, not cars. Obstructing them for any reason is unsafe and unacceptable. We wouldn't accept people parking in car travel lanes, so why does the city accept it for bike lanes? Let's do the right thing and stop bike lane parking."

-Cory H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The permits currently given to the Spruce/Pine congregations are illegal, dangerous, and short-sighted. They offer a minor convenience to the congregations at the cost of cyclist safety, an unacceptable trade-off. A city that wants to be taken seriously on the global stage should not be bending permitting rules for anyone's convenience, especially not when there is a life safety cost to doing so."

-Peyton L. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Allowing parking in bike lanes endangers lives by pushing cyclists either into traffic, or illegally on to sidewalks where they out pedestrians in danger. Something must be done now, not later."

-Sean D. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"More safe bike lanes less car parking!"

-Matt M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"The current situation for these bike lanes is unsafe and unethical!"

-Alan K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"What is a bike lane if you allow cars to park in it? I am exhausted by constantly being almost hit by moving cars when I am navigating around other cars parked in what is supposed to be a safe corridor for cyclists."

-Laurence H. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Cars parked in bike lanes cause bikers to have to enter traffic lanes, putting them in preventable danger. Please stop cars from parking in bike lanes, and make our bike lanes safer!"

-DeeAnne C. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I ride to and from work on pine and spruce. People are extremely rude when I tell them politely that they are not allowed to stop in the bike lane. Revoke the permits!!!"

-Daniel F. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Every day is a life risking situation using this bike lane!"

-Omar M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Parking unbased Bikes based"

-Gaia S. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I use these bike lanes everytime I travel into Center City. They are crucial thoroughfares for cyclists. It's time to stop the chaos in the bike lanes. Churchgoers, and all that park in the bike lanes are disrupting traffic flow and endanger cyclists. It's simple, ban parking in bike lanes to keep everyone safe."

-Adam T. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Allowing parking in bike lanes shows the city does not care at all about the safety of cyclists."

-Grace O. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Allowing parking in bike lanes is asinine."

-Alex M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Safety> parking"

-Keith M. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I am a member of a church that also meets in Center City. Our church could do the same thing and ask the city to give our parishioners permission to park in what would otherwise by illegal parking spots. However, that seems immoral not just from the perspective of the law but more importantly, as an act that knowingly endangers other human beings. If these religious organizations truly believe human life is precious, it's incomprehensible for them to ask the city for allow parking in the bike lane simply for the sake of convenience. I urge you to withdraw the permits that allows illegal parking that puts people on bicycles at risk. Sincerely, Peter Kim"

-Peter K. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"I ride these bike lanes frequently from Old City to Rittenhouse. Yes, I own a car, but I only use it when leaving the city. There is something special about walking and biking around the city that isn’t experienced when doing so by car. Turn the existing bike lanes into raised, curb protected bike lanes that can’t be used for parking. It’s critical that we offer safe grade separated bike lanes so more people feel safe biking in this city."

-James P. 2 weeks, 4 days ago

"Sundays are for bike riders too!"

-Susan W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please protect lives by keeping bike lanes clear!"

-Jasper H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Allowing parking on the bike lanes on Sundays sends a message to drivers that it is ok to park in the lane any day. These lanes are essential east/west lines and cannot be allowed to become parking."

-Adam D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"What is the point of having the bike lane if you are gonna let people park in it? I would feel way better about using this bike lane if I knew I didn't have to leave it to get around parked cars."

-Brodie B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"No parking in bike lanes!"

-Ryan D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Although I don't bike in the city myself (for this very reason!!!), it's deeply upsetting to know how many bikers have already been hurt, killed, or experienced near-misses while traveling through designated bike lanes, just for some driver's parking convenience. This kind of issue is UNTHINKABLE in countless other big metro areas across the country and across the world, those which already have protections vital for biker safety, so it's long past time for Philly to catch up. As so many other commenters have already put it: how many more have to die before this whole practice is ended for good?"

-R S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I ride on these bike lanes every day, as my commute to work and on weekends to access Center City and the Delaware River Trail, and it feels dangerous riding into the street with traffic to get around cars which are parked in the bike lane"

-Brian C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Our city should not be giving differing treatment to certain entities based on their religious activities. Places of worship face similar parking challenges to thousands of residents and businesses in the city that all must find means to park outside of bike lanes. Why do four religious institutions receive special treatment?"

-Tom A. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes in Center City are too few as is. Please protect those that exist by not allowing illegal parking in them."

-Conor C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Philadelphians have the right to ride a bike safely no matter what day of the week it is. Please repeal these illegal permits than infringe on the rights of everyone else for the convenience of some."

-Adriana D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes are important infrastructure to keep Philadelphia cyclists safe, and meet our city's Vision Zero goals. Allowing car licenses to park in bike lanes endangers cyclists and send the message to drivers that parking in bike lanes is acceptable, which causes cars to clog bike lanes in other parts of the city."

-Arlo B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"These permits are putting the convenience of some over the safety of others. You have the power to change that; please do."

-Tereza K. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Dear OTIS; Giving religious exemptions to park illegally is a travesty of the first amendment. While I'm sure you're getting plenty of messages about safety, this is a constitutional issue. This is a government endorsement of religion, and it infringes upon my rights. Sincerely, Martin Willard"

-Martin W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bikers deserve safety"

-holly s. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The bike lanes are supposed to be for our safety. The only time I can use them (the weekend) also happens to be when they are completely blocked off by cars. Help prevent someone from loosing their life and change this."

-Gregory P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I have almost been severely injured biking on this street because of the cars parked in the bike lane. Last year, my wife, a nurse who has worked during COVID and given so much to this city, was hit while in the bike lane coming back from her shift at the hospital on the Pine Street bike lane. It is time the city builds common bike infrastructure and eliminating the parking by vehicles and church-goers."

-Trevor P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"These bike lane parking permits force me and other cyclists out into dangerous traffic while biking on weekends. The extreme convenience of some church goers should not supersede the safety of others. If we do not give permits for church goers to park in an entire travel lane for cars - the same should be true for cyclists."

-Marisa W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Parking in the bike lanes is a safety issue and should be illegal as it is in every other circumstance!"

-Kendall L. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Parking in bike lanes makes it literally impossible to safely bike. The hazards of being forced to merge into traffic at a moments notice, WITHOUT time to look for cars or signal to rivers, can literally be LIFE THREATENING. Please make biking more safe for all Philadelphians!!"

-Annie C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It would be unthinkable if the sidewalks were allowed to be blocked for this purpose, forcing pedestrians into the street, so why is it acceptable for the bike lane?"

-Ryan P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"My 2.5 year old daughter and I exclusively ride on my bike (we do not own a car and my husband also rides his bike) and it is very dangerous for us to get around the city on safe bike infrastructure because we don't have this infrastructure consistently due to this outdated practice. We do not allow cars on the sidewalks why do we allow parked cars in the bike lane? Especially when there are many ways to get to these congregations without the use of personal vehicles. Pretend it's a city. This is unacceptable."

-Emily G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike commuter. Typically I don’t use the bike lane because I don’t want to inevitably have to dip into traffic when I see it being blocked. Thanks for all you do."

-Will S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"These cars are nothing but a safety hazard to bikers, forcing us to weave in and out of traffic without warning. With aggressive drivers on the Philly streets, the need for separate bike lanes is more important than ever."

-Kiana B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This benefits both vehicle users and bicyclists alike. Bike lanes both improve mobility for those on bikes (added safety promotes use) and for those who prefer vehicles (a cyclist removes an uber/additional car from the road/parking spaces). No one is entitled to a guaranteed spot in a city. Circle the blocks or park in a lot. If distance is a problem for disabled folks, add handicapped spaces. No brainer."

-Gregory A. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Prioritize the safely of vulnerable road users, not the convenience of drivers."

-Andy T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Make bike lanes safe for bikes!!!"

-Stephanie R. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This practice is nonsense."

-Sean S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please remove these ridiculous parking permits, they hinder the safe passage of bicycle traffic down the streets. In addition, the bike lanes should be permanently seperated from car traffic."

-Joshua T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The bike lane should be reserved for its intended purpose. There are plenty of parking lots with availability on the weekends. People take advantage of the loophole and it contributes to the sense of vehicular lawlessness in the city."

-Emily M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It would be great to be able to ride safely down Spruce and Pine without having to dodge into car traffic. Let’s make it a reality"

-Julian B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"please pass legislation that is pro bike! i've been hit by a car and we desperately need to protect bikers over cars."

-Chris E. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Protect our bikers and pedestrians."

-Christopher L. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This city would be so much safer if we didn’t prioritize cars over people"

-Erin Z. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Cars parked here force cyclists into traffic and dangerous situations. The city already struggles to provide a modicum of safe bike routes across the city. Turning these few corridors into parking is detrimental to safety. Further, discouraging alternative forms of transportation by making them more dangerous and inconvenient will actually worsen parking and congestion in the city as more people resort to cars. Because of this, this policy exacerbates the problem it's trying to solve."

-Maxxum F. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Philadelphians deserve the ability to bike safely in the city at all times."

-Chad B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Obstruction of bike lanes is out of control, PPA doesn’t patrol on Sundays so most bike lanes become a free for all. I don’t think it is unreasonable for worshippers to find close parking rather than allowing them to create an unsafe environment for cyclists."

-James C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I've almost died in these streets due to the bike lanes being full of parked cars. Shorter walks to church for some residents should not outweigh the lives and health of others."

-Frances .. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Let’s prioritize safety together!"

-Erin M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I bike all the time to get to work, to shop, to get to appointments on time. I want safe infrastructure!"

-Zoe M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I often use Spruce and Pine to ride and it is unsafe to navigate around the cars"

-Jeffrey I. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"NO PARKING IN THE BIKE LANES!!!!!!!!"

-Eliza M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"You wouldn't allow permits to park bikes in car lanes... Everyone is entitled to safe use of city streets."

-Andrew M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Spruce and Pine should be two of the safest streets to bike on, but the bike lanes are constantly blocked."

-Patrick G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Do the right thing, by Philadelphia and its bikers. Philadelphia only stands to gain by withdrawing these ridiculous, dangerous permits."

-Jessica G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It is ludicrous to expect a cyclist in a bike lane to safely yield, check behind, and merge between a bicycle lane and main road where people often speed and rarely look for cyclists. Bicycles lack the stopping power of a car and are more susceptible to obstacles on a road. A large pot hole could send a cyclist flying off the bike and into traffic if they cannot effectively navigate within bike lane. Drivers are often unaware of the law. I jog this road often and witness drivers pulling in front of cyclists, not watching when cyclist has to move into driving lane due to parking, etc. Why have a bike lane that does nothing? I never bike to commute because I know there will be uneducated, non-law abiding drivers and apparently legally cars parked due to the city staff’s ignorance. Go ride 10 mi around this city in “bike lanes” and start a count of how many times a person is put at high risk of death due to negligence of others and our poor infrastructure. I remind you again (along with several officers who incorrectly said otherwise): it is illegal in Philadelphia to cycle on the side walk if you are under 13 years of age so no this is not an option. In PA overall it is illegal within business districts with official traffic control devices as an exception; this is moot if a bike lane is adjacently present. If you want sustainable methods of transport, act like it or stop wasting our city's money. We have enough issues without local government making things worse from ideally ignorance but more likely greed and selfishness. Will you prioritize the actual denizens of your city? I.e. will you make this a city worth staying in by listening to actual residents or is it time to look/vote elsewhere for a truly better future? https://311.phila.gov/s/article/Is-it-illegal-to-ride-a-bicycle-on-the-sidewalk-1400584967467 https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=75&div=0&chpt=35"

-LiAnn M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Do the right thing and prioritize the health and safety of thousands over inconveniencing a small handful of people."

-Clark H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I bike on pine street multiple times a week. In the past year, too many friends have been killed or seriously injured while biking in Philadelphia where they lacked a bike lane and were forced into traffic. The pine street bike lane is a good step toward safer conditions for cyclists, but it must be TRULY AVAILABLE for use to actually improve safety. Please ensure that for the bike lanes that do exist in this city, they actually be reserved for their intended purpose."

-Maria T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Time to end this"

-Cooper S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"These lanes make it unsafe to ride a bicycle on the weekends in Center City, making it more likely for my husband to insist we take an Uber instead, which also harms the city's environmental goals while also increasing traffic."

-Benjamin D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Jesus would want us to have safer bike lanes إن شاء الله😇💪"

-N H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Tax the church"

-Danjelle G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Completely unnecessary and objectively dangerous."

-John C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes belong to bikes. Everybody has the right to move around the city safely. Philadelphia is full of empty car parkings. These individuals can park their cars their."

-Yolanda G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This practice is illegal and unsafe. There is no justification for it."

-Jordan B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I've always wondered why those people were parking in a lane of traffic. And now that I've learned that it's for organizations that could easily organize shuttles, or even just carpools for mobility challenged congregants, frankly I'm furious."

-Brian M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I try to use roads with bike lanes as much as possible because they are safer. Forcing bikers into busy lanes to accommodate parked cars is not the right direction for this city."

-SARAH R. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes should not be parked in period. You wouldn’t sell permits for people to park in regular traffic lanes, that would just be a parking spot. Taking away bike lanes in this manner forces riders to merge dangerously back into traffic or they ride on the sidewalks which are safer for them but dangerous to pedestrians."

-Kalvin L. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"As a cyclist, parking in the bike lane puts both cyclists and cars at risk as many drivers make unsafe decisions when faced with a slower bike in the road."

-Margaret M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It's completely absurd. End it."

-Kurt D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please keep Bike lanes only for bikes. There's PLENTY of parking garages out of towners can use to better patronize philly"

-Tommy H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It’s time for bike lanes to protect bicyclists as they were intended to do, 7 days a week. There are many alternatives for congregations with drivers and 10 years has been more than enough time for them to adapt to and embrace these safer alternatives."

-Justin H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"In addition, whatever “permit” that exists to allow people to park in the right traffic lane on Lombard St between 3rd and 6th Sts on Sundays should also be removed. It is extremely dangerous and has nearly caused many accidents with drivers not realizing what is an active lane of traffic for the 6 other days out of the week suddenly houses parked cars with out of state plates. You are not serving the community that actually lives in these neighborhoods by allowing this hazard to continue."

-L E. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Prioritizing private religious groups and providing them special consideration for parking above the interests of safety, sustainability, and public access is morally repugnant."

-Jakob W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Blocked bike lanes make it incredibly dangerous for cyclists because we have to maneuver back and forth to a car lane. Bike lanes should be for bikes."

-Paige T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Congregations are supposed to help people and save souls not endanger them. If they truly believe in their missions they cannot keep creating unsafe environment for others."

-Lenka K. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Withoutm bike lane I don't know how bikers would get around even with a bike lane people still drive in the bike lane make it hard for any biker"

-Dawn R. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes and not cars!"

-Martin P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This practice creates dangerous situations, and when in the best of times, is flagrantly not followed. I have never seen a permit on the dashboard, and vehicles are frequently parked until 8pm or later. It is abused by neighborhood residents who simply want to park closer to their house without repercussions."

-Luke S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I would like to not risk death for the convenience of others."

-John W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"People over property."

-Alex Z. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I use these bike lanes every day and have had multiple close calls and near collisions because of being forced into car traffic by cars parked in these lanes."

-Jared M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"For the respect and safety of cyclists in our city, please don’t allow cars (which are already privileged and protected on the roads enough) to take up more space. Both of my brothers and my boyfriend have had their fair share of bike incidents at the hands of cars and I would love to see our city create a safer environment for them and leave their bike lanes safe and untouched by cars."

-Carmen M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please stop issuing these illegal permits and putting cyclists’ lives in danger."

-Jonathan B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes need to be protected and reserved for bikes, always. This is such an unsafe practice."

-Jamie G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The Spruce and Pine bike lanes are one of the few safe ways to cross from the east side of central Philadelphia to the west side. Making them impossible to use on weekends makes it hard for bike commuters to make it to the SRT or the Delaware River trail safely, let alone businesses that reside along these roads. Although religious services do not last all day parking in the lanes is continuous throughout the weekend. This NEEDS to end."

-Megan K. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The safety of ALL people in our city who use the bike lane should take precedence over a few parking spots."

-James B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"A bike lane with cars intermittently spread across it is far more dangerous than not having a bike lane at all. My girlfriend and I have both almost been seriously injured due to people (legally) using these bike lanes as parking."

-Nick K. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"As someone that comes to the city with my bike regularly from the suburbs I expect to be able to use the bike infrastructure, but it is all too common that I routinely need to leave the bike lane to avoid a car parked in it, mixing it up with distracted drivers in the road. This is dangerous to cyclists and must stop."

-Dominic V. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"There are way too many illegal parkers in the bike lanes without authorizing people to do so."

-Douglas P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"If cars park in bike lanes then cyclists will die, cars are death machines. If a car hits a cyclist the car is fine and cyclists means of moving around the world is destroyed, and they may be permanently injured or die. We must have protected safe places for cyclists. It is the right thing to do. Do you want murder on your conscious?"

-David G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please protect the lives of cyclists and other non-car movers by removing the parking lane permits of the religious congregations."

-Renée B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Let’s make biking in the city safer. Please."

-Robert N. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The easier it is to bike around the city, the less cars there will be on the roads!!"

-Sarah F. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Prioritize bikes over cars!"

-Jay S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I have been hurt because of people parking in bike lanes. Others have died because of cars and bike lane infrastructure prevents these deaths."

-Julia S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This unsafe practice has gone on long enough."

-Cam P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Make these streets safe for cyclists and pedestrians!"

-Josh S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"There’s a way to make it easier for congregants to worship and keep our bike lanes clear and safe for commuters. Let’s work together to find a solution!"

-Ashley T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Using bike lanes as extra parking is dangerous"

-Alex S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"When city officials give special groups permission to break the law that is corruption, plain and simple. I’m signing to end this unsafe corruptions"

-Daniel L. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Biking is our main form of transport and with 2 under 10 we use a cargo bike. The weekends are so dangerous with the parking in the bike lanes it’s gotten scary to even get around our neighborhood. Please do away with this immediately! How many Philadelphians need to die before this is taken seriously!!"

-Amy C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes. Being forced to swerve into the car lane is very dangerous to people cycling. Other parking options exist for the congregants."

-Ben C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"i use the S"

-Spencer H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please stop this dangerous practice."

-Leslie H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please stop allowing cars to park in the bike lanes. We need safe routes to bike with kids on the weekend - and always!"

-Stefanie H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Give us our bike lane back and stop putting us in danger"

-Karen S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Protect cyclists! Make Philly a truly great city to get around; not one in which we are forced to drive to be safe"

-Greg H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This church parking lasts all day and into the evening even when no services are being held. People just take advantage of it, and there seems to be no enforcement after services end."

-Roland D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Consider all the children and elderly that depend on these bike lane as the safest available route across the city"

-Joseph M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Car drivers have proven that they are not able to be trusted not to park in a bike lane. Put up bollards and curbs. Cars should not be able to enter the bike lane"

-Garrett C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Also remove the 20 minute rule - reduce it to 5 or less!"

-Mike I. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It’s not a bike lane if cars can park in it."

-John P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I bike along Spruce and Pine Streets, and I see many others bike along these routes. When there aren't cars parked in the bike lanes, they're fantastic. However, I've personally been almost hit by aggressive drivers when trying to get across town on a Sunday morning when the cars were blocking the bike lane."

-Marc S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Humans over cars, please! :)"

-Leo W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It is ludicrous that we allow our bike lanes to be taken over for free parking for mostly non-residents, at least half of whom have New Jersey and Delaware plates, on the weekends when the families who actually live here would like to ride their bikes."

-William C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This is an outrageous hindrance to the daily life of city residents and needlessly puts people in danger. Cars linger long after services are over. These congregations are among the wealthiest in the city, their members can afford to park at any nearby garage or lot. Perhaps church and synagogue leaders should advocate for improved public transit on the weekends."

-Peter F. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It makes it extremely dangerous for me to ride to and from work when the bike lane is obstructed. I cannot walk to work as I am pregnant and it takes me too long now but there are also no good bus routes so I have to bike to get to work. I do not feel safe biking in the street with angry drivers"

-Audrey M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I’d love to see a crack down on double parking in the bike lane. These lanes need to be fully protected from the motor vehicle lane."

-Adam S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Where Would Jesus Park?"

-Hank G. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I bike the Pine and Spruce bike lanes at least six times a week. I feel my life is just as valuable as a free parking spot. It’s not a bike lane if people are allowed to park in it."

-Dennis M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"If Philadelphia wants to be taken seriously as caring about wellness / sustainability / green transportation, then the bike lanes shouldn't be "optional" to adhere to. Thanks!"

-Amanda P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This is absurd and speaks volumes of how little Philly cares about traffic safety. Cars do not belong in the bike lane!"

-Jaxon F. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes save lives - bike lane parking permits say that these lives are less important than convenient car storage."

-Julia M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This backwards culture where we put cars above of all has got to STOP! Way too much space is ALREADY taken up by cars. There is no valid reason to also permit them to take up our limited bike lanes! SAD we have to fight for our basic right to SAFELY exist outside of a car whether it’s on bike, foot, scooter, wheelchair, etc."

-Michelle R. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"What’s the point of bike lanes if cars can block them! Cyclists need safe thoroughfares. Cars in bike paths equal less safe and more dangerous cycling and result in fewer cycling and more air pollution!"

-Julia M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Upholding these permits is a risk to human life. The law is the law and city officials need to start taking our safety much more seriously."

-Jason P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I've been calling the PPA about the dangers of cars parked in the bike lane on Spruce for months now. I did not realize they were being issued permits to do so. This is beyond ridiculous and it puts lives at risk. We already don't have enough safe places to ride our bikes, as our bike lanes are not protected like they are in other countries/cities. The fact that we issue permits to park in bike lanes is frustratingly absurd. Things like this push me closer and closer to leaving the U.S completely. I feel that anywhere I move in the U.S., I always have to fight for basic rights like safe infrastructure. I'm just tired of it."

-Nick F. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"While it may not seem like much trouble, allowing this bike lane parking to continue perpetuates the thought/mentality that bicycle infrastructure is not really worth protecting. It allows drivers to continue to disregard cyclists and puts us at major risk. Cycle should be safe and accessible to all. Motorists should realize that every bike in the road is one less car they have to compete with for traffic/ parking."

-Scott S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Jesus would have said "don't park in the effin bike lane!""

-Fernando S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please do the moral thing!"

-John I. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Every weekend the bike lanes are filled with cars. Why is this allowed? How does this support Vision Zero? Why are places of worship given special privileges?"

-Daniela A. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It's time. The safety of cyclists must finally take precedence over unnecessary parking."

-Tom E. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I am regularly biking in this area on the weekends and have witnessed near-death experiences due to drivers being impatient and hostile towards cyclists forced to ride in the center lane. By withdrawing these permits and keeping bike lanes open for cyclists, we will reduce problematic car/bike interactions, making both the cycling and driving experience more pleasant for everyone."

-Ben S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I work in the area and clear bike lanes keep me safe and sane."

-Leith K. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Having to weave in and out of the bike lanes last year caused me to be clipped by a turning driver. Parking in bike lanes is unsafe."

-Eric C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This is one of many unsafe spots and I don’t appreciate the fact that the people taking the spots don’t seem to be aware they using a commuting pathway. I’ve almost been doored and then into road traffic to avoid. I can’t stand the unawareness in Philly. I left town and still do not bike out of general fear after moving. I feel bike lanes in the US are unsafe, mostly because you are vulnerable and scary to trust that all the traffic knows the lanes exist."

-Edwin B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Insane that has to be said"

-Joe C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I crashed my bike going around a car parked outside a church on 18th and Spruce and nearly ended up under a car. I haven't biked to work since because I don't want to risk my life. When there are cars in the bike lane, it is NOT a bike lane!"

-Aliza Y. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"As a bike commuter with a freelance career, I mostly work on the weekends and ride my bike along these streets. I always have a violin on my back along with other valuable belongings (other than my life). It is frustrating to see the one truly safe space that we bikers have being taken up by folks who are abusing the permit system. I would hope that the city cares about the lives, livelihoods, and the protection of our environment, fighting car pollution, and creating safe spaces for all."

-Maria I. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Road safety is important"

-Michael N. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Every time a car is parked in a bike lane, a cyclist has to swerve into traffic, risking their lives"

-Eric M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"People rely on these bike lanes to travel through our city safely. People will only use bikes, which reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, if they feel safe. It is ignorant and inconsiderate to allow cars to park in one of the very few protected bike lanes in the whole city."

-Finn M. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Don’t force vulnerable road users into car traffic."

-Jacob P. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Make Philadelphia bike lanes safe for cyclists!"

-Neil H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please end this dangerous practice. If you want Philadelphia to be “clean and green” and get more people to use alternatives to cars, we need to make biking safer for everyone."

-Megan S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"A bike lane that allows cars is not a bike lane. I urge you to fully committ to the infrastructure already in place."

-Martin W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I use these bike lanes daily and they are dangerously blocked regularly. Please withdraw the questionable permits and keep the bike lanes clear. Thank you."

-Cat W. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please make the churchgoers do the Christian thing and love thy [bike-riding] neighbor!"

-Maria S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Find a closer church you don’t have to drive to!"

-Scott A. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes are for bikes!"

-Aaron Z. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"This is so very unsafe for cyclists! Please withdraw these permits, cars can park elsewhere."

-Emily O. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I use these lanes all the time and all the time they are full of cars, putting me and many other Philadelphians uneccessarily in the way of harm. Stop enabling this behavior please."

-William N. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Prioritize human safety over parking! Now!"

-Ben D. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"It's a "bike lane" not a "sometimes bike lane sometimes parking for Jesus lane.""

-Joey C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Bike lanes =/= parking spots!"

-Aaron C. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The fact that there are already so little space dedicated to bikes in this city, and then religious orgs get to take it away every Sunday? Is absolutely absurd! Why should religious organizations get to be above the law??"

-Aislinn S. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Some of us actually work and bike commute on Saturday & Sunday, but we all deserve safer streets regardless!"

-J. T. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"I often commute home from my healthcare job using these bike lanes and often find them obstructed by cars, which forces me into the more dangerous traffic lane. As someone who rehabs individuals who have been hit by motovehicles, I do not want to see this happen anymore, and believe that doing away with bike lane parking permits is a reasonable way to decrease traffic accidents."

-Andrew B. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"The convenience of a few religious people should not outweigh anyone's physical safety."

-Chris H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"My grandson bikes to work daily and I worry about him being hit on the dangerous streets. Bike lanes should be for BIKES. Not cars, churchgoers should have to follow the same rules as anyone else and either use public transportation, or park in garages to attend services."

-Virginia H. 2 weeks, 5 days ago

"Please help keep my son, Chris and daughter-in-law, Katy and our precious grandchildren safe while using these designated bike lane areas."

-Faith H. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Blocked bicycle lanes create dangerous and chaotic conditions for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians alike. Please follow through on Philadelphia’s commitment to Vision Zero and “clean and green” by revoking these permits and eliminating this illegal practice as a whole."

-Ryan B. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"The safety of everyone on the road depends on this! It is not safe for someone on a bike to have to weave back into moving traffic!"

-Don K. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Please end the practice of allowing parking in bike lanes. It’s is illegal and dangerous"

-Adrian L. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"I bike on Spruce and Pine almost every weekend. Vehicles in the bike lane is dangerous for all road users, and very confusing for drivers. Please fix it!"

-Brian E. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Let's make 'cleaner greener Philly' a reality and take our Vision Zero goals seriously. Time to stop being stuck in the past."

-Christopher D. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Convenience for drivers should never come at the cost of the safety of others."

-Russell R. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Current conditions make it less safe for bikers, pedestrians, and drivers"

-Aruni J. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"Spruce and Pine are such lovely connectors to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River Trail but they are constantly full of cars, particularly on the weekends. It causes unsafe conditions for cyclists constantly, and it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. These permits should have been withdrawn years ago. There is no better time now than to rectify that. There are plenty of other solutions that don't put cyclists' lives in danger."

-David T. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"The presence of vehicles in the bike lane at any time is disruptive and dangerous. It is not acceptable to put the lives of cyclists at risk for the sake of convenient parking. The city must stop endorsing such irresponsible behavior. I respectfully ask OTIS to prioritize the revocation of any and all bike lane parking permits."

-Adrian V. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"The reality is very simple. These are travel lanes for people in the city of Philadelphia dangerously blocked not out of any necessity but for the convenience of a few who's needs can be adequately met elsewhere. It creates a completely unnecessary friction between road users. There is no justifiable reason to force bike lane users into car travel lanes for this purpose."

-Erik D. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"I use these bike lanes regularly and parked cars and trucks make an otherwise pleasant commute into a hazardous headache."

-Ted Z. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"I am a carless Philadelphia who relies on their feet, bike, and transit to get around. I use Spruce and Pine on the weekends to connect to the river trails, but also during the week when I need to get to appointments in Center City. Each time I do, there are cars parked in the bike lane and I find myself having to weave into traffic continuously on these two streets. It is unsafe, stressful, and unwelcoming, even to experienced bikers, to say nothing of how it discourages use in those with less experience. The continued practice of allowing cars to illegally park in the bike lane makes me feel like the city does not value my needs. I am asking OTIS to end the practice of approving the illegal permits and assist the congregations with finding parking alternatives."

-Nick D. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"I bike on the weekend all the time. The vehicles parked in the bike lane are both incredibly dangerous and disrespectful. I choose to live in the city and support my community. I pay massive amounts of money every year in local taxes and when I have to swerve in and out of traffic three times on every block to accommodate the needs of someone that chose to drive into center city and store their car in the bike lane it makes me feel like the city doesn’t value me at all. Particularly when the arena discussion has shown there’s thousands of empty garage parking spots in the area."

-Alexander E. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"For over 10 years, biking Philadelphians have been asking for congregations to not park in the bike lane. This practice puts the burden of safety on our most vulnerable street users. It is time for change."

-Caleb H. 2 weeks, 6 days ago

"It is long past time to withdraw these permits and allow safe passage for _all_ traffic on Spruce and Pine regardless of time of day."

-Ee D. 2 weeks, 6 days ago