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The Clean Air Council’s Feet First Philly program is encouraging Philadelphians to demand better sidewalks. According to the Clean Air Council, more than 230 miles of Philly sidewalks are in poor or very poor condition.

Broken sidewalks make travel particularly difficult — impossible even — for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments, often forcing them to travel in roadways instead. Philadelphia is in the process of negotiating a settlement in response to a lawsuit brought by groups representing disabled Philadelphians over the city’s chronically broken and blocked sidewalks.

The Feet First Philly campaign is asking Philadelphia City Council to provide $500,000 for sidewalk analysis and planning with a goal of taking advantage of federal funds available to cities to advance walking and cycling.

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