of Greater Philadelphia
Bicyclists to DRPA: Build the Ramp!
In spite of a public promise by DRPA's CEO John Mattheussen to build an ADA accessible ramp on the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge in 2012, the Delaware River Port Authority Finance Committee passed a draft capital budget on December 7, 2011 that reneges on that committment. If DRPA approves this draft budget at its next Board meeting on December 14th, there will be NO funds for an ADA accessible ramp on the Camden side of the Bridge.
Eliminating plans to build the ramp would signal that DRPA has no interest in improving accessibility to the Bridge and making the Bridge part of the region's trail network. If bicyclists and pedestrians matter in the eyes of DRPA, it will build the ramp to increase biking and walking on the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Please sign this petition today.
As a member of the public who values sustainable modes of transportation and would like to use the Ben Franklin Bridge more frequently for transportation and recreation, I urge you to restore funding in the capital budget to design and build a ramp on the Camden side of the Bridge to enhance accessibility.
In order to make the Ben Franklin Bridge reach its full potential as a public asset and transportation and recreational amenity, the DRPA must fulfill its promise to build the ramp in 2012.
Restoring capital funds to project number BF1101 is central to DPRA's core mission to move people and goods across the region. Nothing short of designing and building the long promised ramp would be an abrogration of DRPA's public trust and civic responsibility to service all users of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
I appeal to you to restore funding project number BF1101 so that the ramp can be designed and built in 2012.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Why do you want a ramp built ...|
|9524||Wed Oct 24 00:50:48 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Bethlehem, PA||For biking and the handicapped|
|9523||Thu Oct 11 18:34:13 EDT 2012||Jerrold Adler||Philadelphia, PA||During the spring and summer, I cycle across the bridge both ways on Thursday evenings. The ramp would enable many to use the ramp who probably are now intimidated by the flights of steps.|
|9522||Sun Jul 22 07:49:49 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Philadelphia, PA||so that cyclists can travel to and from phila-camden via the BF bridge|
|9521||Mon Jul 02 13:24:55 EDT 2012||Mark Klevence||Phila, PA||So I can visit my family on my Bike|
|9520||Thu May 10 08:52:33 EDT 2012||Mark Klevence||Phila, PA||The steps are very dangerous and even worse with bike shoes|
|9519||Tue Mar 20 10:39:25 EDT 2012||Paul Tomkiewicz||Mount Ephraim, NJ|
|9518||Eric Foster||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9516||Patricia Smith||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9515||Neil Todd Young||Philadelphia, PA|
|9514||David Gold||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9512||Felecia Thompson||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9511||Claire Laver||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9508||Kris Molendyke||Philadelphia, PA|
|9507||Selene George||Bala Cynwyd, PA|
|9506||John McCartney||Philadelphia, PA|
|9505||Amanda Hansen||Philadelphia, PA|
|9504||Gregory Munz||Conshohocken, PA|
|9503||Brad Schaffer||Philadelphia, PA|
|9502||Leonard Friedland||Lafayette Hill, PA|
|9501||George Leslie||Philadelphia, PA|
|9500||Dustin Bartolomeo-Damon||Philadelphia, PA|