Friday, December 7, 2018

SOSNA Newsleteter

Dear Neighborhood Residents and Business Owners,

In conjunction with Philadelphia’s Vision Zero initiative, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) has announced a plan to implement pedestrian safety improvements and traffic calming through a program called Neighborhood Slow Zones. The goal of the Neighborhood Slow Zones program is to implement neighborhood-wide safety measures, as opposed to the current block-by-block type of improvements the city currently works on.

Neighborhood organizations like ours can apply, and SOSNA’s Safety Committee is spearheading an application for part of our neighborhood, per the guidelines which have specific requirements about what types of streets can be included. We are proposing a Neighborhood Slow Zone bounded by:
  • Grays Ferry Avenue to the west;
  • South Street to the north;
  • 19th Street to the east;
  • Christian Street to the south
If selected, the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program will:
  • Work with neighbors to develop a plan for traffic calming that responds to critical safety issues;
  • Lower speed limits to 20MPH;
  • Install traffic-calming measures (including possibly speed cushions and other options).
Applications are due January 18, 2019 and we are seeking to hear from the community about the important safety issues they would like the Neighborhood Slow Zone to address. In addition, we are seeking letters of support from residents, community stakeholders, and business owners to supplement our application.

Please join us for this informational meeting on Thursday, December 13th at 7pm at the SOSNA office at 1901 Christian Street, and please share with and invite your block/neighbors. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact me to share your ideas and hear ours, and to offer your support for solutions.

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th,

Tanya Seaman / Chair, SOSNA Safety Committee
Please consider donating to Support the Girls, a nonprofit organization that distributes these items to homeless, at-risk, and financially insecure women, girls, transgender, and non-binary folks in the Philadelphia area.

SOSNA's office is an official DROP-OFF Site for the following items:
  • New/gently loved bras
  • New tampons or maxi pads
  • New underwear (in original packaging)
  • New socks
  • Unopened cosmetics
  • New/gently used bags (handbags and string backpacks too)
  • Gently used accessories (scarves, costume jewelry, hats, etc.)
  • Toiletries (travel and large size)
Every contribution -- whether big or small -- makes a difference. Because a woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health.

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Check the SOSNA Events Calendar for meeting dates and times.

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