Tag Archives: pedestrian

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 […]

New pedestrian signals around 30th St. Station are a bit more vocal

As part of a PennDOT improvement project, the pedestrian signals at Market and Chestnut streets between 30th and Schuylkill Avenue have been upgraded with an automated-voice feature telling pedestrians when it is safe to cross the street.  According to Plan Philly, the automated-voice signals have had mixed reviews.  While the audible cues are intended to increase pedestrian […]

Earn money by helping out Feet First Philly!

One of Feet First Philly’s principal initiatives is to make sure that traffic signals allow pedestrians sufficient time to cross the street.  We are currently conducting field surveys to assess current signal timing and other characteristics at certain intersections.  The information gathered will be shared with the city of Philadelphia to ensure that all signals […]

New pedestrian plaza at 42nd and Woodland!

A new pedestrian plaza is popping up at 42nd Street and Woodland Avenue in University City! According to the Naked Philly real estate blog, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the plaza on September 19th. Do you know of any other underutilized paved areas that could be redesigned as public space for pedestrians? Tell […]

State Law: Turning Vehicles must Yield to Pedestrians

Pedestrian Safety and the Law

There are many laws in place that are meant to protect pedestrians.  In New Jersey, drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.  In PA, cars have to yield to pedestrians at intersections without a traffic signal, whether or not the crosswalk is marked.  Philadelphia law specifically states that vehicles may […]

SEPTA receives funding for 69th Street Transportation Center improvements

SEPTA was recently awarded a $5 million grant through the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair and Bus Livability programs, which awarded $787 million to transit projects in 48 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.  The money that SEPTA receives will be put toward the renovation of 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby.  The […]