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November 28, 1999 | By Heather N. Bandur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Driver beware. Cruising through a crosswalk filled with pedestrians in New Jersey could cost you $43. That's the fine in a state statute rarely enforced in this busy shopping district until now, according to local police. As a reminder, the police department is putting up removable 36-inch signs each weekend at three busy intersections on North and South Main Streets, telling drivers to brake for pedestrians, a tactic already used in such towns as Haddonfield, Woodbury, Swedesboro and Hammonton.
NEWS
March 21, 2001 | by Martha Rowen
As the nation was still reeling from the schoolyard shooting in San Diego, it must have been disturbing for Philadelphians to learn that they can be threatened by guns even in their cars, that most sacrosanct of realms. News reports told of the sentencing of a gun-toting patent attorney, Jeffrey Spangler. Last June, when a car drove dangerously close to him as he attempted to cross the street, Spangler, who describes himself as an "aggressive pedestrian," pulled a gun from his briefcase.
NEWS
January 28, 2015
PEDESTRIANS, the Philadelphia Police Department has your back. Actually, it's on your back. Motorists and bicyclists, you can ease back. Last year's numbers put a torch to assurances from the city that enforcement is necessary for bikes and cars and pedestrians to coexist. Even the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia applauds enforcement. How did that pie in the sky taste? Let's start with tickets written to motorists for moving violations in Philadelphia last year.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
WHENEVER it snows, the city plows Roosevelt Boulevard and Broad Street to make them safer for drivers. But what about the pedestrians? When the city plows these streets, they block the corners where people have to cross. Crossing the Boulevard at Rising Sun Avenue was horrendous! The snow was plowed up on the walkway! We had to walk in the street alongside of incoming traffic and hope we did not get hit. It is bad enough to have to cross any section of the Boulevard or Broad Street without snow.
NEWS
July 19, 2008
It was a hair-raising adventure for many of the folks on foot who carefully made their way to the center lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Thursday's public announcement of a welcome $17.1 million plan to upgrade the boulevard. Cars whizzed along the outer lanes as usual, making some pedestrians' journey a potential life-and-death moment. Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter needed no better illustration of why the Parkway needs to be more pedestrian-friendly. Their announcement was welcome to those who have waged a years-long effort to wrest back the Parkway from car and truck traffic.
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February 6, 2005 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Lindenwold has found a way to bridge the gap between the old and historic. Borough officials said that when a new United States Avenue bridge is built, the old bridge, which dates to 1904, will not be demolished. Instead, it will be restored and preserved as a span for pedestrians and bicycle traffic. Mayor Frank DeLucca said the old bridge was closed in 2000 because of deterioration and was deemed unsafe for cars, trucks and emergency vehicles. The two-lane wooden plank bridge is 140 feet long and 16.4 feet wide, and is steel-enforced.
NEWS
March 12, 1991 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer
Have you seen the new Walnut Street Bridge? If you haven't, don't bother. It's as if they took a highway overpass, slapped it across the Schuylkill, and walked away without a second thought. Great for cars, maybe, but not exactly something you'd want to look at or walk across. The new bridge, which opened in the fall, is more than just an eyesore. It's another lost opportunity. As the bridges linking Center City and West Philadelphia have been replaced this century, they've become increasingly ugly and anti-pedestrian.
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September 26, 1993 | By Inga Saffron, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As anyone venturing through Center City on foot during this sweltering summer must surely have noticed, Philadelphia is one of the few American cities that compete with nature to blow hot air in your face. The steamy vapor that wafts up from more than 500 sidewalk vents and heats your already overheated body is the unintended byproduct of a century-old steam utility that still provides heat and hot water to offices, hospitals, hotels and other large commercial users in Center City.
NEWS
March 19, 2011
A commercial vehicle struck and killed two pedestrians just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday along Route 100 in Chester County, police said. Uwchlan Township Police did not immediately release the names of the pedestrians, who they said were hit by a southbound vehicle between Rutgers and Worthington drives. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information on the accident was asked to call Uwchlan police at 610-692-5100. - Claudia Vargas
NEWS
July 28, 2011
By Brian Hickey There are 19 reasons to set aside the hysteria over last week's erroneous reports that Philadelphia plans to punish people for texting while walking. Police should be on the lookout for - and even issue fines to - egregiously distracted pedestrians. The city's continuing "Give Respect - Get Respect" campaign to reduce distraction, which generated the exaggerated stories, is not unprecedented. A yearlong 1997 initiative called "Operation Crosswalk" also increased traffic enforcement and education.
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April 28, 2016
A 12-year-old boy was in critical condition after being struck by a car late Tuesday afternoon in North Philadelphia, police said. Just after 5:45 p.m., the boy was hit by a red 1999 Toyota Camry in the 700 block of Wallace Street. He suffered lacerations to his head and right arm and was taken by police to Hahnemann University Hospital. The driver stopped and remained at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation. - Robert Moran
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A pedestrian was in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle in Burlington County Friday night, authorities said Saturday. The person was struck about 8:30 p.m. on Marne Highway near the Mt. Holly Bypass in Hainesport, and flown by helicopter to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, a Burlington County dispatch supervisor said. The supervisor said he did not know if the driver of the vehicle stopped; 6abc reported that the vehicle stopped at the scene.
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April 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 39-year-old male pedestrian who suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Burlington County on Friday night was listed Saturday in stable condition, police said. The man was struck about 8:30 p.m. on the Mount Holly Bypass near Marne Highway in Hainesport and flown by helicopter to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, a State Police spokesman, Sgt. Jeff Flynn, said. Flynn said the driver of the vehicle, Timothy Ninerell, 27, of Hainesport, stopped at the scene, but was charged on suspicion that he was driving while intoxicated.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
A pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle in Pennsauken, Camden County, on Friday night, police said Saturday. The vehicle was traveling west on Route 70 near McClellan Avenue at about 9:15 p.m., when it hit the pedestrian, who then died from the injuries, the Pennsauken Police Department said. No names or further information was being released by the police department about the driver or pedestrian. NBC10 reported that the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and that the driver stayed at the scene.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
STEPHANIE FOMAN had just gotten off the bus at her regular stop on Haverford Avenue, looked up, and noticed there was no longer a light at Sherwood Avenue in Overbrook Park. When she tried to cross the street, she said: "I almost got hit. I had to stand in the middle of the road, waving my arms to get the cars to stop. " Freda Frazier, a retiree, also blasted the removal of three traffic lights along Haverford - at Sherwood Avenue, Rhoads Street, and Malvern Avenue about two weeks ago. "This is starting to look like Roosevelt Boulevard out here," Frazier said.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
A 93-year-old man was struck and killed by a SEPTA shuttle bus in Glenside, Montgomery County, on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The accident happened about 1:10 p.m. on Glenside Avenue near Limekiln Pike, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. The Cheltenham Township Police Department reported that Edward Hill Sr. of Glenside was attempting to cross the street as the shuttle bus was turning south on Limekiln Pike from Glenside Avenue. Hill, who was pinned under the bus, was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
March 26, 2016
Two pedestrians were struck by cars - one fatally - around the same time on two of Philadelphia's broadest roadways Friday night, police said. In Southwest Philadelphia, a man died just after 8 p.m. after he was struck by a Mitsubishi at the 7300 block of Lindbergh Boulevard. His age was not known. A half-hour later in Northeast Philadelphia, a 50-year-old man crossing the inner lanes of the 7600 block of Roosevelt Boulevard was hit by a motorcycle. He was in critical condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus.
NEWS
March 8, 2016
I am a part-time resident of the Philadelphia area. People walking on a traffic-free street are much more likely to stop at stores and restaurants than people who are driving by in cars. During this winter's snowstorm, when cars vanished from Broad, Chestnut, and Walnut Streets, those roadways were bustling with families and others having fun, even though all the stores were closed. I spend the other part of the year in Vienna, Austria. Two main shopping streets in Vienna's Inner City are traffic-free and are filled with strollers and shoppers.
NEWS
February 18, 2016
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department has all but quit enforcing traffic laws on Philadelphia streets. That's an exaggeration, but the number of tickets written to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all took a nosedive in 2015. It was the third straight year of decline for motorists, the second for bicyclists, and the first for pedestrians. Enforcement is as low as a snail's belly. This year, I'm adding tickets written for skateboarding. Two were written in 2013, 14 in 2014, and a lonely one in 2015.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A man who was walking in a southbound travel lane of Interstate-95 in Bucks County was killed about 3 a.m. Saturday when he was struck by an SUV, the Pennsylvania State Police said. It was not immediately clear why the man was walking on the highway, just south of the Street Road exit (Exit 37). Police have not yet released his identity. Part of I-95 South was closed, from Street Road to Woodhaven Road (Exit 35) for more than four hours, from 3 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., when vehicles were detoured off from Street Road.
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