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.
June 21, 2014 |
More than a month later, the horror of Zachary Woods' death still sends a chill down a pedestrian's spine. The 27-year-old Wharton student was walking along Walnut Street toward the Penn campus on a bright Tuesday morning when an out-of-control motorist slammed into another car at the 30th Street intersection. Spinning like a top, the car jumped the sidewalk on the south side and sent Woods plunging over the railing into Penn Park, 38 feet below. While news reports called it a "freak accident," you can't help wondering if it was entirely unpredictable.
April 2, 2013
Fund cyclist, pedestrian safety When transportation is underfunded - as has long been the case in Pennsylvania - not only do motorists and transit users suffer from aging infrastructure and safety risks, but bicyclists and pedestrians also suffer from the poor quality of roads and bridges, while having access to fewer dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks. In a welcome move, Gov. Corbett proposes to raise $1.8 billion over five years through a variety of fees and by uncapping the oil-company franchise tax. The governor's proposal also includes a multi-modal fund that will be a dedicated source to promote biking and walking.
March 3, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's first official transportation report card gave high marks to highway safety, and low grades to road maintenance and bridge conditions. Issued Friday, as state lawmakers begin to craft a new budget, the report called for more money for highways, bridges, and public transit. Gov. Corbett has proposed a $1.8 billion boost in transportation funding, to be paid for with higher gas taxes. Friday's report was essentially a self-assessment, prepared for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and two advisory panels by consultant Gannett Fleming Inc. It cost $70,000.
February 8, 2012 |
In an effort to reduce fatal train-pedestrian accidents, NJ Transit will increase police patrols at high-risk locations and step up public-education efforts, state transportation commissioner James Simpson said Wednesday. The Inquirer reported last week that at least 91 pedestrians were killed by trains on NJ Transit and SEPTA lines in 2010 and 2011. Many of those who died intended to take their own lives, often to the horror of train engineers, passengers, and bystanders.
December 9, 2011
With Dilworth Plaza fenced off for construction, Mayor Nutter asked people to stay on the sidewalks instead of traipsing through the streets. The fence cuts off access to the west half of City Hall, which had been a major pedestrian thoroughfare. Since the barriers went up last week, many people have chosen to walk in the street on JFK Boulevard and 15th Street. Nutter held a news conference Thursday, asking them to stop. "There is no safe place on the side of 15th Street for people to walk," he said, adding that crossing to a sidewalk would add only a few minutes at most to the typical trip.
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...
May 25, 2011 |
Roads such as Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia and Route 130 in Burlington County are death traps for pedestrians because the multilane highways encourage fast driving and give nonmotorists few places to cross safely. A new study by advocates for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, released Tuesday and based on federal data, calls 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 last decade as "the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.
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.