This year, Feet First Philly celebrated a decade of pedestrian advocacy. To commemorate ten years as Philly’s only volunteer advocacy group dedicated to pedestrians, we hosted ten walks and events across the city. Thank you to all who attended these fun and informative walks, and for your continued support for Feet First Philly. 

Read more about all the walks and events we completed this year.

  1. Germantown Avenue Pocket Park Walk – In partnership with the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District, this pocket park tour started at Richard Allen Lane Station and explored six pocket parks and pedestrian safety improvements at eight intersections along Germantown Avenue.

  1. Cobbs Creek Parkway Safety Improvement Project – We partnered with PennDOT consultant HNTB Corporation to host a 1.6 mile tour of Cobbs Creek Parkway. This walk provided the opportunity for residents to ask questions and learn about pending safety improvements.

  1. Fishtown Frankford Avenue Walk – This tour, led in partnership with the Fishtown Business Improvement District, focused on pedestrian access issues along Frankford Avenue and highlighted recent community-led improvements. On this walk, a common concern from attendees was the effect of construction on sidewalk accessibility. 

  1. Delaware River Trail Walk – We partnered with Chris Dougherty of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation for a great walk along the recently completed Delaware River Trail.

  1. Cresheim Trail Catch-up and Hike – Led by Brad Maule of the Friends of Cresheim Trail, this great walk that covered 2.5 miles along the trail from Allens Lane to Germantown Avenue and discussed the past, present, and future of the Cresheim Trail.

  1. Friends of Adaire Public Space Enhancement Event – Through our public space enhancement mini-grant program, Friends of Adaire was funded to install planters along the sidewalk to protect school children by preventing illegal parking. At this event, volunteers installed the planters and filled them with plantings. 

  1. Village Arts Tactical Urbanism Painted Crosswalk Event – This project was funded through our Public Space Enhancement Mini-grant program. After a long approval process, this artistic crosswalk was finally implemented at a community event.

  1. Parking Day Event – Parking Day is an annual event held on the third Friday of September. During this year’s Parking Day event, Feet First Philly launched its Permanent Parklet Process infographic which anyone can use to install a parklet in their neighborhood.

  1. Blossom at Bartram! Complete Streets Project Walk – This walk was held in partnership with SEPTA and its consultants to showcase an exciting new complete streets project in Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia. The Blossom at Bartram! Complete Street Project has been a year-long community-led process that has resulted in preferred roadway redesign alternative.

Photo Credit Chris Plano

  1. K&T Trail Walk – This two mile walk along  Kensington and Tacony (K&T) Trail, a protected multi-use trail, was held with Riverfront North Partnership. The K&T Trail is part of an 11-mile greenway with a network of parks located in Northeast Philadelphia. Participants had the opportunity to explore the industrial remnants and the historical context of the various connections along the riverfront. 

Apart from these walks and events, Feet First Philly  created an infographic that residents can use to report unpermitted sidewalk closures, funded eleven new public space enhancement mini-grant projects d, analyzed which streets qualify for traffic calming, and partnered with Temple University on a walk audit certification course for students.  

Thank you to our walk and event partners and attendees for helping Feet First Philly celebrate this important milestone!