Last Wednesday, TTF attended a Philadelphia City Council hearing on All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and proposed legislation to confiscate them and not allow them back onto the streets. The Committee on Public Safety held a panel discussion including members of the administration, ATV vendors, transit organizations, ATV riders and community residents.
The focus of the hearing was on public safety and the impact ATVs have on our parks and recreation fields. Not only are ATVs a major safety hazard—they also severely damage our parks and creekside areas by destroying native plants and eroding stream banks.
Read more about the challenges our watershed parks face here.
Adrian Wimberly from Cobbs Creek and Men of Cobbs Creek testified, along with other city residents who are disturbed by the impact of ATVs on neighborhood life. TTF attended to show support for more stringent ATV legislation because as watershed stewards, we need to protect the vitality of our creek.
TTF will be in attendance at the next City Council meeting on Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m. If you are interested in taking a stand against ATV use in the city, please attend and bring your neighbors to City Council Chambers, City Hall Room 400.