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.
July 19, 2013 |
SAMARA BANKS normally would have gotten back home to Feltonville from her aunt's house in Olney by walking to Rising Sun Avenue and crossing Roosevelt Boulevard at the traffic light there to reach the other side. Tuesday night, however, Banks rounded up her four boys and took another route in an attempt to protect them from being frightened by a mentally unstable neighbor who lives along her usual path, relatives said. But no amount of caution could protect Banks and her little boys from a thrill-seeking motorist allegedly drag-racing another southbound car on the boulevard Tuesday night, just as she was ushering her children home.
December 24, 2012 |
T'was the Sunday before the Sunday before Christmas, and all through the stores, so few consumer-creatures were stirring . . . well, I barely waited for a food-court burrito, hardly broke a sweat for parking, and saw virtually none of the long checkout lines retailers expect and need during the holidays. Uh-oh , I thought to myself. That bad feeling I'd had on Black Friday, after retailers pulled out the stops with Thanksgiving store openings - only to see less-than-killer crowds the next day - had apparently been a sign of more troubling news to come.
November 29, 2012
A Clementon man was charged Wednesday in two carjackings committed in the last two weeks in Camden County. George Meyers, 43, was arrested by Lindenwold police after he tried to hijack two vehicles at knifepoint early Wednesday, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. He has been charged with kidnapping and carjacking. Further charges are expected. About 8:40 a.m. Nov. 14, Meyers, with a box cutter, approached a driver at a traffic light at Branch Avenue and Blackwood-Clementon Road in Pine Hill, authorities said.
July 29, 2012
The Orlando Magic's latest makeover continues to have a youthful feel. The team on Saturday announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn , 37, as its next head coach. Last month, the team hired 30-year-old Rob Hennigan as general manager. Vaughn replaces Stan Van Gundy , who was fired May 21 despite compiling a 259-135 regular-season record, franchise-best .657 winning percentage, and a 31-28 playoff record. A 12-year NBA player before retiring in 2009 with San Antonio, Vaughn's career included 80 games for the Magic in 2002-03.
July 16, 2012 |
A 21-year-old woman is recovering after a horse-drawn carriage she was operating struck two cars in a busy Old City intersection Friday afternoon, according to her employer. The driver was finishing up a shift about 3:45 p.m., heading back to the company's North Philadelphia stables, when she stopped her horse, Dutch, at a traffic light at Third and Callowhill Streets, according to Michael Kates, vice president of 76 Carriage Co. Suddenly, according to police and witnesses, Dutch became startled and pulled the carriage into the intersection, striking cars westbound on Callowhill.
July 15, 2012
A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday afternoon when a horse-drawn carriage she was operating hit a car in Old City, police and fire officials said. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m. at Third and Callowhill Streets, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. The carriage was stopped at a traffic light on Third when the horse was startled and ran into oncoming traffic on Callowhill, Little said. The horse hit a Jeep, and the woman was flung onto the car's windshield.
July 15, 2012 |
A 21-year-old woman is recovering well after a horse-drawn carriage she was operating struck two cars in a busy Old City intersection Friday afternoon, according to an official at the 76 Carriage Company, where the woman is employed. The driver was finishing up a shift around 3:45 p.m., heading back to the company's North Philadelphia stables, when she stopped her horse, Dutch, at a traffic light at Third and Callowhill Streets, according to the Michael Kates, vice-president of 76 Carriage Company.