August 15, 2016 |
Night workers like Mr. Driver's Seat rejoice in the mostly empty highways and quiet streets of the Philadelphia region well after dark. The only downside: Stoplights that don't seem to know you exist, a feeling that bicycle and motorcycle riders probably know any time of day. You see the sign that says, "Stop here on red," with the thick white stripe just in front of it. Maybe you even see the outline of the sensor, so you know you're in the right...
April 4, 2016 |
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.
March 25, 2016 |
IN 2013, Feltonville resident Samara Banks and three of her children were killed by a driver racing another motorist, traffic light to traffic light on Roosevelt Boulevard. Why would anyone blatantly speed on a road posted at 45 mph? Because racing on an overly wide Roosevelt Boulevard is easy and has too few consequences. The only consequence that night was four innocents losing their lives. But, sadly, they weren't the only ones. In Philadelphia, speed-related crashes kill nearly 100 people a year.
March 12, 2016 |
Deliverance came in the form of a wide load Thursday afternoon, and it crawled west on Norris Street with its flashers on until its police escort peeled off and it was greeted with a hail of hallelujahs and arms raised toward the blue heavens. To strangers pausing at all the fuss at a North Philly traffic light, the caravan looked like two nondescript modular buildings on flatbeds, hauled by Freightliner semis that blocked traffic. The lot full of gravel and heavy machinery at the corner seemed like any other.
July 13, 2015 |
JUST A WEEK before Khusen Akhmedov fatally struck a mother and three of her young sons on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, he was tailgating, speeding and blowing through red lights in Lancaster County, a witness testified yesterday. Melissa Stothoff said that on July 8, 2013, she had left Lancaster city and was driving on New Danville Pike when Akhmedov, whom she did not know, came up behind her in a silver Audi. "He had pulled up behind me at a high rate of speed," she testified at Akhmedov's nonjury trial in the July 16, 2013, Roosevelt Boulevard deaths that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons.
July 9, 2015 |
NEARLY TWO MONTHS after a Ride the Ducks boat struck and crushed his wife at a Center City intersection, a Texas man is suing the company and the city of Philadelphia. Daniel Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that Liz Karnicki's wrongful death was at the hands of Ride the Ducks. The lawsuit was filed on the fifth anniversary of another Ride the Ducks collision that killed two Hungarian tourists who were on board. Karnicki's attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said that the duck boat's blind spots made it nearly impossible for the driver to see Liz Karnicki when she crossed the street, and that the driver was distracted because he also acted as a tour guide.
April 21, 2015 |
A 59-year-old Doylestown man was struck and killed by a pickup as he tried to cross busy Route 313 near Campbell Road about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Plumstead Township Police Chief Duane Hasenauer identified the victim as Raymond Leuz, of North Chubb Drive. Police did not identify the driver, a 43-year-old man from the Doylestown area, who was driving a 2014 GMC pickup. Leuz was not crossing at a traffic light or designated walkway on Route 313 across the street from Keenan Motors, the police chief said.
November 6, 2014 |
When traffic lanes were eliminated on Spruce and Pine Streets from river to river in Center City five years ago to make room for bicycle lanes, it took more than just long strips of white paint to ensure a happy marriage between motorists and cyclists. An expensive and years-long project to uproot the city's 1940s-era traffic signals in the central area and replace them with digital ones that can be operated remotely made it possible. Through computer commands, officials were able to synchronize the lights so vehicular traffic could flow smoothly enough in one lane to allow bicyclists safe passage along the other.
August 3, 2014 |
More misadventures on a bicycle, from your favorite rookie cyclist. If you recall, I went bicycle riding with my best friend, Franca, about a week ago, and I got a lucky flat tire that gave me the opportunity to meet the handsomest man on earth, my Knight on the White Bicycle. He fixed my tire, and by that I mean he fixed my tire. Nothing else happened. Recall that he is married and I am the most middle-aged woman on earth. Nobody is breaking his vows for my cellulite.
February 15, 2014 |
1. Stop every other block. Philadelphia is America's only big city in which buses stop at every corner. That increases travel times considerably. Reducing stops would enable SEPTA to put an extra bus on every route, dramatically increasing frequency. 2. Give buses the green light. The Nutter administration just secured a $30 million federal grant to install wireless devices to hold the green traffic light for buses, reducing delays. Stopping at fewer red lights means buses can travel faster, restarting the route sooner.