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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
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.
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NEWS
August 12, 2016
A 37-year-old man has died from injuries suffered when he was hit by a car while crossing Route 130 in Burlington City. The victim, a Burlington City resident whose name has not been released, was struck on southbound Route 130 at Logan Avenue about 5 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The man was taken to the trauma center at Cooper University Hospital in Camden but he died a few hours later. police said. The driver of the car, a 37-year-old woman from Burlington City, remained at the scene, police said.
NEWS
August 1, 2016
A pedestrian was struck and injured by a vehicle while crossing Route 73 in Maple Shade, Burlington County, Saturday morning, authorities said. At about 5 a.m., a 30-year-old man from Marydel, Md., was crossing the southbound lanes of the highway, between Fox Meadow Drive and Evergreen Circle, where there was no crosswalk, Lt. Jeffrey Hoch of the Maple Shade Police Department said. The victim suffered a broken nose, scrapes and bruises and was taken to a local hospital, where he was expected to be released Saturday afternoon, Hoch said.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A pedestrian was killed Tuesday night as he crossed a busy South Jersey highway in Maple Shade Township, Burlington County, police said. About 9 p.m., the man was crossing Route 73 South, between Route 38 and Regent Avenue, when he was hit by a car, Lt. Jeffrey Hoch of the Maple Shade Police Department said Wednesday. The adult male, whose name and age were not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the car immediately stopped and cooperated with police.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A male pedestrian died after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver overnight in Nicetown, police said. The crash happened about 1:45 a.m. Thursday on the 4300 block of Wissahickon Avenue, police said. Authorities said officers on patrol in the area saw a white BMW stopped in the middle of the road. The car had a shattered windshield, smoke coming from the engine, heavy damage and blood on its hood. When the officers stopped to investigate, the driver told them he had hit an animal, police said.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A pedestrian was in critical condition after she was hit by a motorcyclist on Roosevelt Boulevard in Oxford Circle early Friday, police said. The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. when a 27-year-old man riding a red 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle in the outer left lane of the northbound Boulevard ran a red light at the intersection with Devereaux Avenue, witnesses told police. The motorcycle hit a 25-year-old woman who was walking in the south crosswalk of the Boulevard. After hitting her, the rider fell from his bike and slid into a 2013 Toyota Camry traveling west on Devereaux, driven by a 27-year-old man, police said.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 37-year-old man was critically injured after being hit by a vehicle in the city's Olney section early Monday by a motorist suspected of driving under the influence, police said. The crash occurred about 1:50 a.m. at Fifth and Ruscomb Streets. The driver, a 62-year-old man, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. His name has not yet been released. Police said he was driving his 1999 Toyota Corolla north on Fifth Street when it struck the other man, who was walking across Fifth Street.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 53-year-old man was fatally struck Thursday morning on Roosevelt Boulevard by a truck whose driver is accused of being under the influence, police said. Just before 11:20 a.m., the 1997 Ford F-150 was heading south on the Boulevard at high speed when it barreled through a red light at Southampton Road in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The truck hit a 2005 Infiniti G35, then struck the median before hitting the pedestrian. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead at 12:09 p.m. The driver of the truck, a 24-year-old man, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.
NEWS
June 12, 2016
A man riding a motorcycle died after crashing into a building and injuring three pedestrians Friday afternoon in Bucks County, police said. About 2:15 p.m., the motorcycle was parked in the 100 block of South Main Street in New Hope. When the man started riding, he crashed into a building across the street, said Police Chief Michael V. Cummings. The man, who was not identified, was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, where he was pronounced dead. Three people walking on the sidewalk next to the crash suffered minor injuries.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 20-year-old woman who was fatally struck by an SUV on Roosevelt Boulevard last week was identified Tuesday by police as Christelle Charles, of Clarkson Avenue in Olney. It was about 5 p.m. Friday when Charles was hit by a 2012 Chevy Equinox in the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard near Bingham Street in Olney, not far from her home. The initial investigation showed she was crossing the outer southbound lanes of the boulevard, where there was a crosswalk, but was going against a red light, police said.
NEWS
May 29, 2016
A 20-year-old woman was in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's Olney section Friday afternoon, police said. The woman was struck on the southbound side of the boulevard near Bingham Street shortly before 5 p.m., police said. The woman was transported by medics to Einstein Medical Center. The southbound lanes of the boulevard at F Street were shut down for the police investigation. There was no immediate word about the driver. - Robert Moran
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