Category Planning

Vision Zero PHL

Vision Zero Three Year Action Plan

Last week, the City of Philadelphia released its Vision Zero Three Year Action Plan  to the public. The initiative was started by Mayor Kenney to address the alarming rates of pedestrian deaths and serious injuries caused by vehicles. Philly currently has the most vehicle involved pedestrians deaths compared to other U.S cities including Los Angeles […]

Trails, pedestrian projects, and development buzz around Philly

First, the bad news: The future for funding the region’s pedestrian and bike trails is uncertain, as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has reached the bottom of a $10 million grant for trails provided by the William Penn Foundation. Regional trail advocates will have to look elsewhere for dedicated funding for trail projects in […]

Link roundup, 10/24/13

Hey, Philly pedestrians! Sorry if our lack of recent blog posts has got you down. To make up for it, here’s a roundup of news and events that may be of interest to you. (It looks like Halloween festivities are taking over the city in full force this weekend!) Cities such as Atlanta are reversing […]

Friday Links – 8/30/13

Happy Friday!  Wherever your feet take you this Labor Day weekend, we suggest you take some time to peruse the latest pedestrian news. The Atlantic Cities: Americans are driving less, and the economy is not (entirely) to blame. A recent report found no relationship between reductions in driving at the state level and the health of […]

Must cities choose between walking and driving?

According to a survey of CEO’s and other business leaders in Washington, D.C., 99% want to ease traffic flow between the city and suburbs.  However, 89% said that they would like to see walkable communities where amenities are located near residential districts. Struggle to balance these interests in the city’s transportation plan.  As the Greater […]

Show your support for trails in the Philadelphia region!

The city recently celebrated the opening of two new trails, the Penn Street Trail and the 58th Street Greenway.  The Penn Street Trail runs along the Delaware River and will part of a continuous 5-mile path that wil be called the Delaware Waterfront Trail.  The 58th Street Greenway is part of the East Coast Greenway, and […]

“Baltimore Crossing” pedestrian plaza improves walkability on Baltimore Ave.

Last week, University City District completed a new pedestrian plaza that they are calling Baltimore Crossing.  The new pedestrian plaza greatly improves walkability at 48th and Baltimore.  As PlanPhilly reports, the five-pointed intersection was “notoriously wide [and] difficult to cross.”  Now, the intersection is now replete with planters and stone barriers on painted bump-outs that […]

Pedestrian walking speed affects how we plan

Today’s news is all about walking speed.  Traffic signals are required by federal regulations to provide adequate time for pedestrians to cross.  But just how much time is adequate?  It depends on many factors, including the size and type of the intersection and how fast you are able to cross the street. In an article published […]

Friday Links – 6/7/13

Here’s a roundup of the latest pedestrian news, brought to you by Feet First Philly. Have a great weekend! AARP’s Livable Communities initiative aims to create “great places for all ages.” In this article on their website, Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is praised for her work on bike and […]

Draft Philadelphia Trail Master Plan released

Philadelphia’s City Planning Commission has released a draft of their Trail Master Plan.  The plan provides maps and an inventory of the numerous existing and proposed trails in Philadelphia.  It also outlines best practices in trail building, defines the different types of trails in Philadelphia, and prioritizes the city’s trail projects. The creation of the Trail […]