Philadelphia Competing Priorities May Slow Infrastructure Safety Projects
Bicyclists want better protection from vehicles. Motorists want faster commutes. And city leaders can’t seem to reach a consensus about what’s best for residents. Philadelphia’s WHYY-FM covered a Streets Department budget hearing in April, in which City Council President Darrell Clarke and Mike Carroll, director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, debated what the city’s priorities should ...
Philadelphia Philadelphia’s Vision Zero: A Closer Look
In Philadelphia, half of traffic-related injuries and fatalities occur on just 12 percent of the city’s streets. City leaders aim to end that trend, through a project called Vision Zero. Sweden developed the Vision Zero concept, adopting it as national policy in 1997. Leaders there hoped to eliminate traffic-related deaths though a mix of policy changes, infrastructure improvements, education, and enforcement. And whil...
Philadelphia Nowhere to Ride: Bike Lane Issues in Philadelphia
Those of us who call the City of Brotherly Love home like to think of it as a modern metropolis on par with other great cities. Of course, it does boast amazing history, world-class museums, prestigious institutions of higher learning, beloved professional sports teams, and much more, but until September, it was the largest U.S. city without protected bike lanes. Is it really unreasonable to expect safer roadway initiativ...