Harrisburg Lobbying Day, June 6, 2024

On June 6, 2024, the PA Safe Roads PAC, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Families for Safe Streets traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for HB1283, also known as Susan and Emily’s Law for parking protected bike lanes. Parking separated bike lanes save lives but they are technically illegal in Pennsylvania. This bill is named in honor of Emily Fredricks and Susan Hicks, two cyclists who lost their lives in bike lanes without parking protection.

We also advocated for SB 730, Jay-Alert, which authorizes the creation of an alert system operated by the PA State Police & PennDOT to notify auto body shops about fatal hit and run crashes. SB730 has been championed by the mother and aunt of 8-year old Jayana Powell who was killed in 2016 in West Philadelphia by a driver who left the scene, but was caught weeks later when an autobody shop in Malvern, PA notified police.

Legislative Update, Wednesday, April 26th 2023

July 10, 2023

On April 26th, 2023, the PA Safe Roads PAC held a Legislative Update with our donors and members on where our key legislation stands in Harrisburg, including Speed Cameras (HB1284 and SB748), Parking-Protected Bike Lanes (HB1283), and Jay-Alert (SB730).

Inaugural Fundraiser

August 18, 2022

On August 18th, 2022, PA Safe Roads PAC held its inaugural fundraiser. Bringing together concerned community members and activists, we raised over $10,000 to support state lawmakers who prioritize road safety reforms. With these funds, we plan to focus this autumn on the renewal of the speed camera program along Roosevelt Boulevard and secure its expansion to other key, dangerous arterials.

The lobbyist for the Bicycle Coalition, former Rep John Taylor, is advising the Vision Zero Coalition and keeping the channels of communication open with key transportation committee leaders.

As Laura Fredricks noted at our gathering on August 18, if we can save even one life from our efforts, it will have been worth it.  Laura and Rich received the terrible news in late August that charges against the driver of the trash truck who killed their daughter, Emily, were dropped.

Notwithstanding this defeat, Laura found the energy to draft this op-ed published on August 31st in the Inquirer. Laura’s words are a powerful statement of how important this work is.  How with common sense reforms we can spare others this unfathomable tragedy.  How we need to redouble our efforts to restore safety, civility and justice to our streets.