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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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2008
Even though Philadelphia recently won national recognition as a walkable town, the city's downtown crosswalks may be truly safe only once a year: when dozens of police officers show up to direct traffic at intersections during the week-long Philadelphia Flower Show. With the flower show just passed, pedestrians face another year of crossing at their own risk. So it's welcome to see a new study of downtown traffic congestion make the compelling case for city officials to take a fresh, coordinated look at bringing more order to Center City streets.
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June 29, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
NEWS
May 20, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
    A freak accident on Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield Township around midnight Saturday has left one man dead and a friend injured. State police gave the following account: Benjamin Melendez, 30, of Trenton, was a passenger in a Suzuki that broke down on the left shoulder of I-95, just south of the Yardley/Newtown exit. When a friend arrived to help, Melendez started to cross the highway to meet her and was struck by a side mirror on a passing Lexus. Daniel Raymond, 26 of Levittown, the driver of the disabled Suzuki, saw his friend get hit and went into the roadway to help Melendez, who was sitting up in the right lane, get to safety.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Philadelphia's stepped-up efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, one tactic has not been used: Issuing tickets to scofflaw pedestrians. So far this year, Philadelphia police have cited no one for jaywalking. That follows a historic pattern. On average, city police issue about nine jaywalking tickets a year, according to the department's records. By comparison, San Diego issued 328 jaywalking tickets in a single day last year. Los Angeles police issued more than 31,000 jaywalking citations last year in that city's Central Bureau, an area of about 900,000 people.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian wearing a Santa costume on I-95 was struck and killed late Saturday by a suspended driver suspected of being high on marijuana, Pennsylvania State Police said. Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was arrested on homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence charges, police said Sunday. Adam Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, was struck about 10:25 p.m. on the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Vine Street Expressway, police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Hahnemann University Hospital.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A retired Camden City police officer working as a civilian employee for the new county force is accused of posing as a police officer and robbing a pedestrian while on the job, authorities said Wednesday. Richard Dayton, 45, of Haddon Township, was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery and official misconduct. He was being held in the Camden County Jail on $50,000 bail, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police. Dayton joined the city force in 1997 and retired on a disability pension in 2005 after he was hit by a state trooper while on duty in 2004.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
One week after a mother and three of her sons were fatally struck by apparent drag racers on Roosevelt Boulevard, a state senator has proposed lining the busy roadway with speed-enforcement cameras, the first technology of its kind in the area. "A family has been decimated because reckless hooligans thought they could play Speed Racer in Northeast Philly," said Sen. Michael Stack (D., Phila.), who will introduce the legislation. "It's outrageous and we need speed-enforcement cameras to help us stop this senselessness.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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