One of Feet First Philly’s principal initiatives is to make sure that traffic signals allow pedestrians sufficient time to cross the street. We are currently conducting field surveys to assess current signal timing and other characteristics at certain intersections. The information gathered will be shared with the city of Philadelphia to ensure that all signals provide pedestrians adequate time to cross.
We would like to request your help to collect this information. Surveying will take place in the afternoons, and Feet First Philly will pay $15 per completed survey to all who are willing to help out.
Signal timing is important because federal regulations laid out in the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or MUTCD, dictate that pedestrians must be provided sufficient time to cross a street during a traffic signal cycle. A recent revision in the MUTCD has reduced the standard pedestrian walking speed to 3.5 feet per second, which takes into account the fact that some people require a longer time to cross than others. This means that the timing on some traffic lights may no longer meet the federal requirements.
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to help keep Philadelphia walkable! Email us with your availability if you are able to help.