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    • Ultrasonic device

Cheap ultrasonic device could help Philly police enforce PA's safe passing law

Bicycle advocacy groups have enjoyed a string of successes pushing state legislatures around the country to adopt safe passing laws, but getting those laws enforced is hard, both for political and…

    • Panel at Speak Easy Forum

Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Top 12 Crash Sites for pedestrians

Bicycle Coalition joins PlanPhilly/Azavea in naming city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians [map]

By all appearances, N. Fifth St. and Olney Ave. resembles many of the city's commercial corridors, with automobile and foot traffic meeting amid shops aplenty. When either Cherelle Parker or Kevin…

    • SEPTA Stations Providing Service During Papal Visit

Secret Service calling shots for (but saying little else about) Papal Visit

If you’ve been frustrated with the lack of details so far about road closures and other transportation disruptions to expect during the Papal Visit in September, there is one agency to…

    • Mayor Nutter at Papal Visit Transportation Conference

Is Philadelphia underestimating how many will come to see Pope Francis?

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of the Families, described Pope Francis as comforting during today’s press conference on public transportation options when the Holy Father visits on September…

    • Speed Cushion (Before markings added)

Streetsplainer: Why does that speed hump have gaps?

If you live in Northeast or Northwest Philly, you might have noticed some new speed humps with little gaps in them. They’re called speed cushions. “Why would they put a few…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Cyclists, pedestrians lack a good crash reporting system

Jake Liefer was getting his morning workout in, bicycling down Gray’s Ferry Avenue towards 34th street, when it happened. Liefer, 30, was heading straight past a gas station. Low on gas,…

    • Share the road, show respect / OnePoll Data Hub

Confession of a mad biker: From now on I’m taking the high road

Last night, I was biking home. I was heading down Spruce, towards my turn at 17th, when a black Porsche decided waiting at the light at 15th wasn’t for him. Time…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

SEPTA is outspending Amtrak on PTC safety technology

Video: Experts analyze Amtrak 188 crash The Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum interviewed Amtrak’s CEO, Joseph Boardman, asking questions on train safety in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic derailment. Boardman defended Amtrak’s record…

    • Emergency personnel bring in a crane to move the derailed Amtrak train near Port Richmond in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

Forthcoming train safety system might have prevented Amtrak 188 tragedy

With the National Transportation Safety Board's Robert Sumwalt confirming earlier reports that Amtrak 188 was travelling over 106 miles per hour, the evidence suggests that the cause of last night’s deadly…

    • Dirk Green, SEPTA passenger services rep, looks on as Caleb Stone announces an arrival

SEPTA replaces automated announcements with one fan's lively voice for an afternoon

Caleb Stone is a familiar face at SEPTA board meetings. He’s on a first name basis with enough high-ranking employees to make this transit reporter jealous. Stone, 20, loves trains. Lots…

    • Baltimore and Springfield Avenues

Meet the City Council candidates running on Vision Zero

Last fall, when we first wrote about Vision Zero, the aggressive new approach to reducing pedestrian and cyclist injuries being employed in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, there was an…

    • Baltimore Crossing | courtesy of University City District
Eyes on the Street

Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get there the Better Mobility Platform calls on the city to…

    • MOTU: itsroadsafety.com

Mixed reviews for MOTU's snarky new pedestrian safety campaign

“A driver hits a pedestrian once every five hours in the city of Philadelphia,” says Ema Yamamoto, of the Mayor’s office of Transportation and Utilities. Standing at the corner of Cecil…

    • Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct

CSX and Kenyatta Johnson announce plans to rebuild 25th Street viaduct

CSX Corporation and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced Wednesday a multiyear project to restore the condition and appearance of the long crumbling 25th Street Viaduct. Councilman Johnson said the project was “the…

    • Temple University area rentals

Clarke makes a new push to clean up neighborhoods around Temple

City Council President Darrell Clarke has been trying to clean up after Temple University students, and the landlords who rent to them, for years. His last effort, a proposed Neighborhood Improvement…

    • Willow Grove Ave Bridge corrosion, photo courtesy of the Streets Dept.

Councilman hopes to empower city to repair roads and bridges it doesn't own

Councilman David Oh introduced a bill in City Council on Thursday that would empower the Streets Department to repair and maintain roads, bridges, and other byways outside its traditional jurisdiction. The…

    • Roundabout

Where should MOTU build modern roundabouts?

A few months ago we noted that PennDOT and the city were looking for some locations to install some modern roundabouts using Automated Red Light Enforcement camera revenue. The news was…

    • Washington Ave

What makes Washington Avenue so dangerous?

As an addendum to Jim Saksa's update on the political mess around Washington Avenue lane restriping, here's what we know about the safety situation on that bustling main drag. There were…

    • The 550-foot stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of houses along West Penn Street

$500K in repairs needed on East Falls retaining wall reflects citywide problem

Sections of a 550-foot-long retaining wall in East Falls built in the late 1920s are leaning, cracked, and unsafe, affecting the owners of 65 homes on either side of the wall.…

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