Feet First Philly Joins The Fairmount Park We Walk PHL For A Fun Walk In West Park

Last month,  Feet First Philly, represented by Titania Markland, Clean Air Council’s Transportation Outreach Coordinator, joined the Fairmount Park We Walk PHL group for an exciting, welcoming, and fun walk in West Fairmount Park. The group met at Concourse lake in West Philly, and did some stretching exercises before walking and exploring the unique habitat. … Continue reading Feet First Philly Joins The Fairmount Park We Walk PHL For A Fun Walk In West Park

#NotaParkingSpot in 2019

2019 is the year we tackle illegal parking. Illegally parked cars on sidewalks and crosswalks risk the lives of pedestrians, and the word is getting around. PlanPhilly highlighted #NotaParkingSpot and we have reached out to 311 to add illegal parking to their app. We are planning to do more, starting with presenting to neighborhoods around … Continue reading #NotaParkingSpot in 2019

Shoveling Sidewalks: Pedestrian Safety

Most Philadelphia streets were designed well before the automobile was even a thought and during a time when cities needed to be walkable. Walking was not only the norm, but the only way for many early Philadelphians to get around. Despite Philadelphia’s planned walkability, the modern urban landscape poses challenges for pedestrians, and winter weather … Continue reading Shoveling Sidewalks: Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Kelly Edwards

What is your experience as a pedestrian? How long do you walk? Why did you decide to walk as your commute? The scenic Philly streets and access to shops and restaurants make Philadelphia a great place for walking. I often walk home from my job at 10th and Spring Garden all the way back to … Continue reading Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Kelly Edwards

Links for the week of 6/24

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 … Continue reading Links for the week of 6/24

Notes from the Greater Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Summit

On Tuesday, April 30, the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities and DVRPC held a summit on the state of walking and biking in our fair city.  Here are some takeaways from Tuesday's summit that may be of interest to pedestrians. Ongoing trail network expansion Jeannette Brugger of the Planning Commission and Chris Linn of … Continue reading Notes from the Greater Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Summit

Article: “Lifeless” parking garage interferes with city life

In an article published today, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron laments not only the bleak design of a new parking garage on 16th Street in Center City, but the way parking garages in general are counterproductive to enhancing city life.  Not only do parking garages encourage people to drive rather than walk or take transit, but they … Continue reading Article: “Lifeless” parking garage interferes with city life

Evidence abounds for walkability as an economic development tool

Why do we need walkable communities?  Well, in addition to the health benefits of walking and the decreased environmental impact of car-free transportation, it turns out that walkability has an overwhelmingly positive effect on local economies.  There is a growing body of evidence that walking increases economic activity and that pedestrians can be a key … Continue reading Evidence abounds for walkability as an economic development tool