In the end, we reached a consensus that we need to make our streets and sidewalks safer for all users through increased enforcement of the rules of the road for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians. How to do that, and whether the existing laws suffice, is the more difficult question.Deputy Mayor Cutler committed to creating a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee to investigate policies, actions, regulations and legislation to increase safety. The committee membership is in the works, but is sure to include representation from: Councilmen DiCicco and Kenney, Philadelphia Police Department, the Bicycle Coalition and the Philadelphia Bicycle Messengers Association.
Councilmen DiCicco and Kenney stated that they intended the introduction of their bills as the beginning of a conversation about increasing safety and enforcement and that the forming of the committee is an important step in that direction. Given that progress, both Councilmen will hold their bills pending the recommendations of the safety committee.