Dear Councilman Green
I would like to correct an error that you have been making in your public statements this past week and on NBC 10's At Issue on Sunday.
You have been making statements disparaging the City’s "Bike Czar," which is a fictional position in City Government. The position that I believe you are referring to is a Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator, which is one of five paid positions in the Department of Transportation and Utilities and is the only paid employee in City Government responsible for reducing bicycle and pedestrian injuries and deaths.
You have also stated that people would prefer libraries over a "Bike Czar". You may already aware that 46 people died in fires in Philadelphia in 2007, but did you know that 39 pedestrians and bicyclists also paid the ultimate price in that same time period? Did you know that bicycle and pedestrian traffic deaths account for one-third of the city’s traffic fatalities?
Children and the elderly have to cross dangerous roads to get to Philadelphia’s libraries. For example, many have to cross Roosevelt Blvd and Cottman Avenue to get to the Northeast Regional Branch, and Broad and Erie to get to the Nicetown Branch. Both intersections are among the top 5 in the entire state with the highest pedestrian crashes. Based on this information, I hope you will rethink your position and start supporting the Bicycle/Pedestrian position as one that will improve public health and increase safety; one that is worthy of serving all Philadelphians.
BCGP Advocacy Director