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.
November 28, 1999 |
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.
March 21, 2001 |
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.
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.
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.
February 6, 2005 |
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.
March 12, 1991 |
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.
September 26, 1993 |
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.
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
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.