October 2, 2011 |
The business community in the tiny Chester County town of Malvern is looking forward to better times. If an economic recovery kicks in, that would be welcome, too. But for now, what will constitute better times for the stores and restaurants that line King Street, the borough's main commerce corridor, is when a construction project in the heart of town since February 2010 finally comes to an end, possibly by Nov. 1. The goal of the $9.9...
April 16, 2008
Keeping Philadelphia's sidewalks open - no matter what's being built overhead - should be one of those initiatives that Rina Cutler, Mayor Nutter's transportation chief, calls "the small stuff that makes a difference in day-to-day living. " In a city known for its walkability, a policy banning builders from blocking sidewalks makes so much sense. Such a rule should have been enacted years ago. With the recent boom in condo building, it's long overdue. But expect a knockdown, drag-out fight with developers over Councilman James F. Kenney's campaign to impose better rules of engagement on city pavement.
January 23, 1997 |
On the assumption that Philadelphia drivers don't know they are supposed to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, police plan to issue tickets, Police Commissioner Richard Neal said yesterday. Operation Crosswalk, a 90-day pedestrian-safety campaign, starts tomorrow. Police said they will begin writing tickets on Feb. 13 to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who violate regulations at intersections. Till then, officers will issue warnings and pass out brochures explaining the laws, Neal said.
December 13, 1994 |
The Philadelphia pedestrian is not yet an endangered species, but city officials said yesterday that steps had to be taken to ensure continued survival. Mayor Rendell acknowledged that the city lost a long-standing designation for safety when the number of pedestrian deaths rose sharply last year. The response is a soft-sell campaign aimed at predatory drivers and careless walkers. There were 58 pedestrian deaths last year, a 33 percent increase from 1992. A partial toll for this year was not available, nor were details on where the deaths occurred.
July 7, 1999 |
Opening another front in its campaign to tame traffic, the borough has applied to the state Department of Transportation for money to widen the curbs on Merchant Street, install a bike-path entrance across from the high school, and pour asphalt for speed bumps and raised crosswalks around town. The application, authorized at last week's borough caucus meeting, incorporates pedestrian safety recommendations that Lehr & Associates, a Trenton transportation planning firm, made at a special March meeting.
March 10, 2005 |
Four Bucks County municipalities yesterday were among the first in the state to receive money from a new initiative aimed at enhancing community life. Grants totaling $2.3 million were awarded to Doylestown Borough and Township, Quakertown and Yardley. The communities were among 141 to receive nearly $130 million from the state Department of Transportation, mostly for street, sidewalk and lighting improvements. "These programs will help fund a town-building effort that is imperative to the Rendell administration," said Charles Metzger, PennDot spokesman.
April 5, 1999 |
On a clear, sunny day a year and a half ago, Audubon resident Joe Mannion got the scare of his life. Mannion's children, aged 5, 3 and 1, had just finished playing in front of their Hampshire Avenue home when a motorist speeding down the popular cut-through street lost control of his car and skidded over the sidewalk. The car barreled toward Mannion's house, finally coming to rest against its front step. "My heart went into my mouth," Mannion said as he retold the story at a meeting of the Audubon Traffic Safety Awareness Committee last month at Audubon High School.
April 9, 1997 |
It may be great exercise, but walking can be hazardous to your health. According to a new study, more than 6,100 pedestrians die and 110,000 are injured in car accidents each year, with children and seniors at the greatest risk. The most dangerous areas are newer cities in the South and West, where six-lane highways have been built to accommodate exponentially growing traffic problems and residential areas sometimes lack sidewalks and crosswalks. "Pedestrian safety is an unacknowledged public health problem," said Hank Dittmar, executive director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, a highway-safety advocacy group that produced the study with the Environmental Working Group.
January 28, 1997
Neither the jaywalker nor the driver who fails to yield to law-abiding pedestrians gets a free ride in a new program announced last week to make Philadelphia's streets a little safer. Beginning Feb. 13, and for the next few months, police will be writing tickets to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who violate regulations at 10 high-volume intersections. Among the hot spots are four on Broad Street - at Locust Street, Passyunk, Olney and Allegheny Avenues - two on Market Street at Eighth and 52d Streets, and Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.
May 24, 2011 |
Roads such as Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia and U.S. 130 in Burlington County are death traps for pedestrians because the wide, multilane highways encourage fast driving and give non-motorists few places to cross safely. A new study by advocates for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, released Tuesday and based on federal data, called for more sidewalks, bike lanes and other features to make travel safer on such dangerous highways. The report cited the 47,741 pedestrian deaths in the past decade as "the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.