June 29, 2014 |
Their voices echoed as they moved south down Haddon Avenue and under I-676, bouncing back from the light-green metal supports of the overpass as traffic rumbled overhead. "Watch out for kids! Put your cellphones down!" Gabby Colon chanted toward the cars that passed by, some honking in support. Around her walked more than 80 people, crowding and spilling over from the sidewalk into the street. Many wore white T-shirts with a picture of 5-year-old Richard Pagan superimposed on a Captain America shield.
July 22, 2013 |
A BIGGER POLICE presence, speed-detection cameras and an engineering study - these are some of the ideas local leaders say should be explored in the wake of the horrific deaths Tuesday of a mother and her three children on Roosevelt Boulevard. City Controller Alan Butkovitz said he sent letters yesterday to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, asking both to put more cops on the notorious 12-lane highway. Butkovitz said his office studied unsafe crosswalks on the Boulevard in 2006 and recommended then that police presence be increased.
May 21, 2013 |
One of New Jersey's most dangerous highways is getting new attention as lawmakers propose red lights with more sparkle, crosswalks so pronounced they practically scream "STOP," and stiffer traffic fines in an effort to reduce pedestrian deaths. A crackdown on speeders and jaywalkers is also underway on Route 130 in Burlington County, a 23-mile stretch where 19 pedestrians were killed in the last six years. But the head of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition says a "culture change" is also needed.
March 15, 2013 |
A tearful girl who ran away from a crossing guard outside the Helen L. Beeler Elementary School on Friday morning turned up safe after seven Evesham Township police cars were deployed to the school. Police said the crossing guard asked what was troubling the girl but received no answer before the child disappeared from view. The woman then called 911. The girl, 7, was accounted for within 90 minutes of the 8:35 a.m. emergency call. But the seven-vehicle response and intensive search of the neighborhood sparked "a high volume" of calls from residents and parents worried about what was going on at Beeler.
September 5, 2012
Drivers on Roosevelt Boulevard may need to stop more frequently beginning Thursday, when new stoplights will begin operating at five mid-block crosswalk locations. The signals will begin operating at Tomlinson Road, Bowler Street, Faunce Street, Friendship Street, and Longshore Avenue. The lights are designed to give pedestrians safer crosswalks, and the signals will include countdown timers to show how much time remains to get across the Boulevard. As part of the same $2.8 million project, crosswalks are being removed at Princeton Avenue and St. Vincent, Loney, Benner and Smylie Streets.
October 10, 2011 |
They were like bright-yellow dandelions. First one, then two. Then, everywhere. Ten years ago, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bought 500 yield-to-pedestrian markers to be placed at crosswalks here and there. Now, there are 7,000 markers, with the number growing all the time. "State law," the portable, three-foot-high markers announce in black letters. They depict a triangular yield sign and show a stick figure of a man on foot. Could these markers - usually set down on the centerline of the road - really have the force of law, like a red light or a stop sign?
June 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The wide avenues of the Upper West Side have some of this city's handsomest neighborhoods, premier cultural venues, and long stretches of green space. They also have a remarkably deadly history for pedestrians, a fact not lost on Joel Ruben as he ambled across Broadway. Ruben, 88, stood on the sidewalk and looked north into four lanes of traffic heading his way. As other pedestrians inched into the street against the "Don't walk" sign, looking to get a head start on the green light, Ruben hung back until he had the "Walk" sign.
May 26, 2011
A new report singling out the nation's most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians reaffirms Mayor Nutter's directive that City Hall's policy should be to promote a more walkable Philadelphia. Indeed, the report issued Tuesday by Transportation for America, an advocacy group, found that roads designed to speed motorists on their way - while shortchanging pavement and crosswalks - create dangerous conditions that led to the preventable deaths of more than 47,700 pedestrians over the last decade.
December 7, 2010 |
Running across a highway with traffic moving at up to 70 m.p.h. would be considered suicidal by most people. But 27-year-old Pedro Mendez does it as a matter of routine, walking from his home in Camden to his job as a janitor at a Pennsauken supermarket. He checks the westbound traffic, waits for a lull, then sprints to the concrete divider, which he straddles while waiting for a break in the eastbound traffic. "It's not dangerous," he said. "You just have to wait until there are no cars.
November 5, 2010 |
Can we forget about aesthetics for a moment and take time instead to savor the very real virtues of the new South Street Bridge? When the Schuylkill crossing opens Saturday after a heroic, 23-month reconstruction, Philadelphia finally will have a downtown bridge that caters to all users - drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. The sidewalks are a decent width, the asphalt is as supple as velvet, and the white glyphs designating the roomy new bike lanes glisten like icing on a cake.