Candidate: Allan Domb, At-Large Candidate
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If elected, what would you do to promote walking in Philadelphia?
I believe that all walkways in Philadelphia should be safe and accessible to all citizens. Firstly, it is not acceptable for parked cars to block anyone’s access to designated travel space. The fines and penalties that the City has in place should be enforced and even strengthened in areas where the issue is particularly dire.
Additionally, clear lines of sight are imperative for improving street safety across Philadelphia, and daylighting is an important step towards preventing avoidable incidents. We should be ambitious in our goals for implementation of daylighting.
We should also commit to a street sweeping program that keeps our city clean. No one wants to wade through trash when they’re walking through Philadelphia, and it should be the responsibility of City Council to tackle the city’s trash problem.
If elected what would you do to ensure that all Philadelphians can reach their destination safely?
The ideas that I gave above – reducing the number of cars that block pathways, improving daylighting practices, and implementing a street sweeping program – are all part of the solution to keeping our streets safe and enjoyable for pedestrians. We should also work to reduce traffic congestion in Philadelphia, particularly in Center City, which can block access to streets and make the city difficult to navigate by foot.
Vision Zero and Pedestrian Traffic Deaths
Do you support VisionZero?
I do. Vision Zero is an incredibly important initiative. It is the responsibility of our city government to protect the citizens of Philadelphia and make our streets as safe as possible.
How would you improve the walkability of our neighborhoods through Vision Zero?
While the implementation of the Vision Zero Street Safety Initiative has seen progress in pedestrian and cyclist safety, more work needs to be done. I will use my position on City Council to encourage collaboration with communities across the city to find what implementation strategies are most needed and readily achievable in their areas, especially when it comes to protecting the areas around our schools. I will also continue my work of holding City Hall accountable, in this case making sure that City Hall sets realistic goals so that we can track the initiative’s progress and where it can continue to improve.
According to an NBC10 report, there are 40 hit-and-runs per day, creating an epidemic in Philadelphia. In 2018, there were over 100 traffic fatalities in Philadelphia. In your view, what can you, as an elected official, do about this epidemic?
Part of the solution will be to study the implementation of Vision Zero and focus on the areas that could use the most adjustment. We should also encourage city authorities to more strictly enforce existing traffic laws so that we are not encouraging dangerous behavior by motorists through a lack of action. City Council should also support higher fines for hit and run perpetrators and adding more automatic enforcement to roadways.
If elected, what would you do to ensure adequate sidewalk repair and crosswalk maintenance?
A larger Streets Department repaving budget would go a long way towards improving the quality of our streets. As a member of City Council, I have pushed to improve efforts to collect delinquent property taxes from out-of-town landlords, which would give us more
resources to dedicate to programs such as sidewalk repair and crosswalk maintenance.
If elected, what would you do to ensure our more vulnerable citizens could adequately and safely get around?
I would support using city money and resources to make sure that walkways and roads are as up to date as possible on Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and encouraging the strict reinforcement of existing regulations that aim to protect the rights of vulnerable Philadelphians.
If elected, what would you do to end illegal sidewalk and crosswalk parking in Philadelphia?
I support increasing fines for those who do not comply with parking regulations. We also need to do a better job of enforcing the parking regulations that are already on the books.
If elected, what would you do to ensure developers provide a safe walking & crossing area for pedestrians to use in all neighborhoods?
Developers are already required to follow city regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, so the city should make sure that those are being followed and that any entity that disregards rules and regulations is punished accordingly.
Where is your favorite place in Philadelphia to walk and what makes it so great?
I ride my bike around the drives to East Falls at least once per week, and I like to walk around there. I also like to ride to the Navy Yard.