Effective November 1, the Center City District (CCD) expanded its existing clean and safe programs by deploying a new eight person, uniformed bicycle safety patrol and two, safety patrol vehicles in the evening within the District, seven days per week.
The new patrols augment and coordinate with services that the CCD has provided for the last 29 years, including 100 teal-uniformed, sidewalk cleaners who sweep all Center City sidewalks no less than three times each day and remove graffiti; and 50 teal-uniformed, unarmed, Community Service Representatives (CSRs) who patrol daily on defined foot beats on Center City sidewalks and in CCD-managed parks to provide information, offer assistance to the public, deter crime and serve as “eyes and ears” on the street.
The new teams, wearing bright yellow jackets marked Safety Patrol, operate seven days a week, including holidays on Center City streets. Bike patrols are initially focusing on prime retail blocks within the District from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., while the vehicles are operating from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight in retail and restaurant areas. Like existing CCD CSRs, the new Safety Patrols are unarmed, act as a deterrent and function like a professional town watch.
Additional Safety Patrol personnel are also deployed in two CCD managed parks, Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park, particularly during events, freeing up CSRs who have been stationed in the park to provide more sidewalk visibility.
Due to the stay at home order, limits on travel and the significant number of people working remotely, the volume of pedestrians on Center City streets dropped significantly in the spring and summer months. Since the summer however, the percent of retail and restaurants open within the District have increased from 56% to 79%. “With increased outdoor seating, more restaurants providing safe, indoor seating and more retailers open to customers, the number of pedestrians in the prime shopping and dining areas are now back up to 60% to 70% of the volumes from same time last year,” noted Paul R. Levy, President of the Center City District. “The purpose of these additional patrols is to provide a visible, reassuring presence to those residents, workers and customers who have helped sustain the vitality of Center City during the recovery and to welcome many more people back to Center City.”
In August 2020, the CCD issued a competitive request for proposals to consolidate existing services it was already providing in Dilworth Park and Sister Cities Park and selected the Philadelphia-based, Allied Universal with two subcontractors, Scotlandyard, a certified minority business enterprise and Imperial, a certified female owned enterprise, to provide the expanded services.