May 2018 Newsletter

Feet First Philly May 2018 Newsletter

Protected Bike Lanes on Market Street and JFK Boulevard

Construction for the new protected bike lanes on  Market Street and JFK Boulevard between 15th and 20th Street started Monday, May 21st, to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety in Center City. The project will be piloted for 9 months.

The project aims to reduce speeds of vehicle, while increasing safety for pedestrians with shorter crossing distances. According to the press release but out by the City of Philadelphia, the new bike lanes will also act as a way to encourage healthy commuting like walking and cycling. During the 9 month pilot, data will be collected and evaluated to inform future and more permanent solutions.  


June Walk: Spring Garden with East Coast Greenway

Join us this June with the East Coast Greenway Alliance to learn about the coming addition of the Spring Garden Greenway, and what that will mean for pedestrian safety. The greenway will run along Spring Garden Street to connect the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River Trail as part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile bike and pedestrian trail stretching from Maine to Florida.

RSVP today to learn about this new vision for pedestrians!


#NotaParkingSpot Update

Philadelphia has a parking problem. Feet First Philly (FFP), with the help of advocates and community organizations, has championed the fight for parking enforcement and clear pedestrian spaces with the #NotaParkingSpot campaign. Since December 2017, FFP has collected over 200 submissions of cars parked on sidewalks, crosswalks, and other illegal spaces that force pedestrians into the street with moving traffic.

Although we still have a long way to go, Feet First Philly has seen great steps forward! Mayor Kenney, the police, and the parking authority have shown support for enforcing illegal parking, and have extended the reach of #NotaParkingSpot.

We still need your help! The more submissions we have, the easier it is to ask for increased enforcement in problem areas. Tag @FeetFirstPhilly, @NotASpotPhila, and #NotAParkingSpot on Twitter, or email your submissions to

Jane’s Walk

Did you attend a Jane’s Walk? The community-led walks celebrated Jane Jacobs, an urbanist who promoted walkable neighborhoods. Learn more about Jane Jacobs and her work to put people first!

Pedestrians of Philadelphia

Learn more about Susie Perloff who is featured in this months Pedestrians of Philadelphia.

“[Walking is important] for sustaining life. For exercise. For fresh air. For meeting new people every day. For happiness. Some people prefer trees, but I never met a sidewalk I didn’t like.”


Penn Research

The University of Pennsylvania is making Philadelphia’s streets safer. Dr. Megan Ryerson and Carrie Sauer are engaging in exciting new research that explores safety and mobility through the use state-of-the-art eye tracking glasses to collect authentic visual experiences. The glasses provide invaluable information about the ways in which people understand and navigate streets, sidewalks, and other infrastructure by continuously capturing data on where, and for how long pedestrians are looking,
The research provides thorough analyses of the existing street conditions and user experience. The results of the study will equip the City of Philadelphia and other stakeholders with data-driven recommendations for infrastructure design and wayfinding practices. The research team is in the process of piloting studies that explore safe mobility and pedestrian experiences for different types of users, with a focus on vulnerable and elderly users. If you are interested in participating in future research opportunities, please contact Carrie at

Vision Zero Research Partnership

On May 2nd, 2018, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) hosted a full-day Vision Zero workshop at CHOP’s Roberts Center for Pediatric Research.

The workshop, building on goals identified in the City’s Vision Zero Three-Year Action Plan, brought practitioners from the City of Philadelphia and DVRPC together with researchers from institutions such as Temple University, Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Villanova University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, Jefferson Health Systems, and others. Over 100 people attended.

The workshop featured 10 short presentations on different aspects of Vision Zero, ranging from equity to engineering. The workshop also featured a preview of the City’s Vision Zero Research Partnership Online Portal, which oTIS hopes will serve as an online hub for research collaborations going forward. If you are interested to learn more, contact 

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