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 […]
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 […]
Walking, whether for transportation or exercise, carries many health benefits, but it doesn’t have to be your only source of physical activity. If running is more your speed, check out runningintheusa.com, where you can find out about races going on in and around Philadelphia. Some of these runs and walks take place on the region’s […]
Feet First Philly is taking a short break from the internet to celebrate our nation’s birthday next week. We’ll be back in full swing on July 5th! In the meantime, enjoy this collection of news and blog posts from the pedestrian sphere. • Chalfont Playground in Northeast Philly gets new play equipment and a sprayground! (NEastPhilly.com) • This summer, Parks […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our friends at Walk Score have announced the release of their free app for Android devices! Download the app, which is also available for iPhone, to instantly get the walkability of your location and find amenities such as restaurants and shops near you.
Jonathon Stalls walked thousands of miles across the country. In this inspiring TED talk, he talks about how important walking is and how our car-oriented culture has caused many people to forget about the benefits of taking life at 3 miles per hour.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is offering a series of free guided tours (pdf) throughout the day on May 18th and 19th that highlight history, horticulture, nature, and design. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to explore what Philadelphia’s publicly-accessible parks, neighborhoods, and other public spaces have to offer! More information: What’s Out There Weekend Philadelphia
As part of a prank staged by New York City-based collective Improv Everywhere, people dressed in orange vests pretended to be city employees acting as “seeing-eye people” for texting and walking. While the concept may sound absurd, it calls attention to how hazardous texting and walking can really be for pedestrians. Make sure to stay […]