Tag Archives: pedestrian

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 […]

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Nick Zuwiala-Rogers

1) What is your experience as a pedestrian? How long do you walk? Why did you decide to walk as your commute? Being able to walk whether as a commute, to run errands, to visit a friend, or go out to dinner is one of the main draws to living in a dense area like […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police to crack down on traffic violations

The roads are about to get a lot more orderly (and hopefully a lot safer in the process).  This month, the Philadelphia police announced that they would crack down on traffic violations by increasing police presence on the city’s streets.  This means that all road users – drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike – will be […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In memory of Happy Fernandez

In appreciation: Among Happy Fernandez’s many contributions to the City of Philadelphia, we at Feet First Philly are particularly grateful for her interest in pedestrian issues. As chair of City Council’s Transportation Committee, Dr. Fernandez held hearings in 1996 on pedestrian safety with testimony from dozens of witnesses including a spokesperson from PhillyWalks, the precursor […]

Article: America is a Walking Disaster

This article from The Atlantic Cities explains how car-oriented design and policies have made suburban areas inhospitable for pedestrians.  For example, as one contributor to the Greater Greater Washington blog found out, it can take as much as 8 1/2 minutes to legally cross a suburban street!  How can we shift policy and design to […]