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Pedestrian Fatalities Can Be Prevented: We Need Your Help

June 15, 2017 Dear Feet First Philly Members, As many of you may have heard, transportation advocate Peter Javsicas passed away this week due to injuries he sustained from being hit by a car while walking at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Peter was someone who spent his life advocating for the safety […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Liz and Barbra

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to meet with Barbra and Liz who are avid walkers in Philadelphia. Barbra is Liz’s mom. They are very close and walk everywhere together. Every week Liz and Barbra venture to a variety of destinations — Barbra on foot and Liz in her wheelchair. They walk to […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Dealing with Construction Disruption at 16th and Walnut

Over the past couple of weeks a major topic of discussion has been the construction happening outside of the Apple store on 16th and Walnut. The way that the construction project is set up makes it so that the northwest side of the intersection’s sidewalk and parking lane is blocked off. Because of this many pedestrians, […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Nicole

This past week Nicole and I met up to discuss what her experience is like walking around Philadelphia. Nicole is a new mom with an 11 month old son, and since having her son she has realized how difficult it can be to actually get around Philadelphia walking with a stroller. Nicole lives in the […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Sue and Reinhard

A few weeks ago Sue and Reinhard, long time residents of Center City Philadelphia, were kind enough to take me on a walk around their  neighborhood with them. This walk they took me on mirrored many of the walks they do weekly. Sue is in a wheelchair, while Reinhard pushes her, which made the walk […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Introduction

Pedestrians of Philadelphia is a project that Feet First Philly has recently started. This project is intended to  help put a face to the variety of pedestrian problems we face in Philadelphia, which may inspire more action to be taken. To start off, I am going to introduce myself, and my pedestrian experiences. My name […]

Sign Issues at Construction Sites

When you approach a construction site and the sidewalk is closed, you may see two kinds of signs that are required by the City. One kind of sign should guide you safely around or through the construction zone.  The other kind of sign should inform you that the sidewalk closure is legal, and should let […]

Feet First Philly Letter re: Passyunk/12th/Morris Intersection

Feet First Philly has sent a letter to Councilman Mark Squilla; David Perri, Streets Commissioner; Karen Fegely, Commerce Department; and Sam Sherman, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation regarding the proposed improvements to the South 12th Street/ East Passyunk Avenue/ Morris Street intersection. Feet First Philly strongly prefers Alternative 2 for the proposed intersection improvements.  This alternative is clearly safer for pedestrians […]

Lessons from London

Last month, Jen Barr posted a BBC column on our Facebook page about pedestrian rules in Britain. The gist of the article was that, while the British government has 35 rules for pedestrians, nobody follows them and they aren’t enforced. Having visited London, I wasn’t surprised. Strict enforcement of pedestrian rules doesn’t have much of […]

New Fairmount Park Plan – Public Presentation

Tomorrow, May 13, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Final plan for East and West Fairmount Park will be presented to the public at Smith Memorial Playground. The plan includes many recommendation to improve pedestrian access to and through the park. Chief among them are: new signalized crossings of Kelly Drive at Girard Avenue and […]