It should come as no surprise that, when polled, the vast majority of Philadelphians rank public safety as their number one concern. Without a sense of safety, people will not want to live or work in the city.

I have prioritized increased public safety in my first term on City Council. One of the most recent public safety measures I was proud to support was the installation of cameras equipped to capture the speed of passing motor vehicles along Roosevelt Boulevard, from north of 9th Street all the way to Philadelphia’s border with Bucks County.

Roosevelt Boulevard is one of the deadliest stretches of highway in the state. Between 2013 and 2017, 139 people died or were seriously hurt, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation statistics.

The point of the program is simple – to save lives. Supporters of the legislation, which is part of the city’s Vision Zero road safety initiative, include the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Families for Safe Streets of Greater Philadelphia.

In addition to supporting speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, I am in the process of finalizing plans for the installation of speed bumps in certain residential neighborhoods across the city in which speeding is a constant problem.

I will always look for new and innovative ways to make the streets and neighborhoods of Philadelphia safer for our citizens.