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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.
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.
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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.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
A pedestrian was fatally hit by a car on Roosevelt Boulevard early Monday morning. Philadelphia police said the 48-year-old man was struck near Harbison Avenue at about 5:40 a.m. Preliminary information indicated the man was trying to cross the road when he was hit, police said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who remained at the scene, wasn't injured, police said, adding no other vehicles were involved. No charges had been filed against the driver as of Monday afternoon and police said the initial investigation indicated he was not impaired at the time of the crash.
NEWS
December 19, 2015
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night next to a Montgomery County college, authorities said. The accident was reported at 6:31 p.m. at Main Street and Sixth Avenue next to Ursinus College in Collegeville, a county dispatcher said. The county coroner was called to the scene. No information was immediately available on whether the victim had a connection to the college. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran  
BUSINESS
December 5, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a car hits another car, a person or a bike, don't call it an accident . That was the refrain at a conference Thursday about making Philadelphia's streets safer. "This is not an accident ," said Denise Goren, director of the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, of automobile crashes during one of the daylong event's panel discussions. "What we're talking about here are crashes we can avoid. " Vision Zero Philadelphia, hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, brought together city planners, elected officials, cops and staff from nonprofits.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two women and two young children were injured just after 5 p.m. Saturday in West Philadelphia when they were struck by a van as they tried to cross Parkside Avenue near 49th Street, police said. Accident Investigation Division officials said the 1996 Dodge van, driven by a 78-year-old man, was trying to get around a double-parked car when it struck the pedestrians. The victims' names were not immediately available. The AID officials said that the women were 25 and 30 years old, and that the children were 2 and 6 years old. The women were taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where the 30-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Saturday night; the 25-year-old was in stable condition.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pedestrian struck and killed Friday night on Roosevelt Boulevard has been identified as John Francis, 24, of the 4400 block of Longshore Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. He was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox traveling north on the Boulevard near Welsh Road in the inner lanes, police said. When he was hit, Francis was attempting to cross the Boulevard from the grassy median, a few hundred feet from the intersection, they said. The driver of the car that hit him was a 41-year-old woman who remained at the scene, police said.
NEWS
September 11, 2015
I TOOK A WALK in the sun a few days back with the Dynamic Duo, looking for sidewalk hazards. The Dynamic Duo are Debby Schaaf and Pamela Freyd, unpaid volunteer co-chairwomen of the 4-year-old Feet First Philly, which is sponsored by the Clean Air Council. Feet First Philly promotes the novel idea that sidewalks belong to the people who walk them. Crazy, isn't it? Feet First has done surveys (you can volunteer or chime in at www.feetfirstphilly.org ) of sidewalk obstacles.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman and man were struck and killed early Monday near City Hall by a taxicab that witnesses said appeared to be traveling at 50 m.p.h. - twice the speed limit. Amanda DiGirolomo of Phoenixville and Bryan Botti of Baltimore, both 25, were crossing Broad at Arch Street at 4:34 a.m. when they were struck by a cab traveling north on Broad, police said. The pair had attended the Made in America music festival Sunday night. Witnesses told police that the Rosemont Taxicab Co. vehicle, moving at a fast rate of speed, hit both of the pedestrians, sending them flying about 100 feet.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE HIT-AND-RUN tour bus that killed a pedestrian Tuesday in Center City struck the man at the front of the bus, dragged him 50 feet underneath and then "lurched" when the rear wheels rolled over him. But driver Walter Jefferson, 66, told police he didn't know he'd hit anyone and continued on his journey to Washington, D.C., unaware that pedestrian Joseph Heard, 46, lay dying in the bus' wake, said Capt. John Wilczynski, commander of the Accident Investigation Division. The 9:45 a.m. accident happened just outside Philly police headquarters, at Race and Franklin streets, so investigators used surveillance video from the Roundhouse to identify the striking vehicle, Wilczynski said.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
Just after rush hour Tuesday morning, an enormous white tour bus lumbered down Race Street, turned left, and hit a middle-aged man crossing the street. In the crush of Center City traffic, there were no witnesses to the 9:45 crash, police said - no one who saw the bus drag the man 50 feet, or spotted it heading for the I-95 ramp as the man lay fatally injured in the street. But the cameras outside Police Headquarters - just feet from the scene of the city's eighth hit-and-run accident this year - had captured everything.
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