Tidbit Tuesday | Even the chicken looked before he crossed.

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Look both ways before crossing

In support of It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science—our pedestrian-driver safety campaign that seeks to leverage the engineering work that the Streets Department has implemented in recent years—we will be using Tidbit Tuesdays as opportunity to share pedestrian-driver safety reminders. This reminder is one of many advertisements that were installed across the city on buses, trolleys, trains, and bus shelters. We all know how to safely access the road, but sometimes a reminder is helpful. They are intentionally straight-forward as they aim to illustrate how simple road safety should be for drivers, pedestrians, and transit users.

However, in order to ensure the success of It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science, we need your involvement! We believe that street safety requires a shared understanding for the importance the issue. After all, it is an issue that impacts each and everyone of us. As part, we encourage you to share these images, as well as other resources provided on its website, to get the word out about the importance of driver-pedestrian safety in Philadelphia.

Want to learn more about It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science? Check out the overview here.

MOTU Announcement | Philadelphia Energy Initiatives Awards

During Mayor Nutter’s tenure, the City has set to become the greenest city in America. To recognize the amazing energy accomplishments that have since taken place, the Mayor recently gave Philadelphia Initiative Awards to the following policies, projects, and people that have demonstrated outstanding energy performance.

Award for the most on-site electricity production at a City-owned facility to the team that inspired the Philadelphia Water Department’s Biogas Cogeneration facility

The Biogas Cogeneration facility was installed at the Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant. It uses biogas from waste water, along with natural gas, to produce electricity on site. This facility generates 85% of the electricity and all of the heating needed for the site.

Award for the greatest energy-saving project among the City’s four largest facilities to the team that completed the Quadplex Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Project

The Quadplex Guaranteed Energy Savings Act Project implemented energy improvements in City Hall, the Criminal Justice Center, Municipal Services Building, and One Park Building. Together, these improvements are projected to lower energy consumption by 20% and to save the City approximately $25.5 million over fifteen years.

Award for the most improvement in PJM’s Demand Reponse program to the staff of the Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport delivered 300% of their nomination in the their audit, compared to an average of 13% during the two events in 2013.

Award for developing, implementing, and holding staff accountable to an energy-saving lighting policy to the Parks and Recreation Department

Through its participation in the Energy Efficient Pilot Program, the Parks and Recreation Department requires a schedule for using field lights and holds staff accountable if its schedule is not adhered. Thanks to this successful policy, the Department saved over 85,000 kilowatts hours in fiscal year 2014 as compared to its average consumption over the three previous fiscal years.

Award for the most effective equipment procurement policy to the staff of the Health Department

The Health Department developed and implemented an energy-saving equipment and procurement policy, which means requiring ENERGY STAR-qualified equipment (if possible) when buying new equipment. The Health Department also participated in the Energy Efficiency Pilot Program which created a way to track its energy consumption. With the assistance of this policy, over 900,000 kilowatt hours were saved in fiscal year 2014, as compared to its average consumption over the three previous fiscal years.

Award for the most instrumental City employee in providing benchmarking water data access to Roy Romano

Roy Romano was instrumental in getting building across the city—both publicly and privately owned—the water data they needed to benchmark in Portfolio Manager. Without this crucial water data, many buildings would not have been able to comply with Philadelphia’s energy and benchmarking disclosure law. In the second compliance year for benchmarking disclosure law, the City enjoyed a 90% compliance rate.

The work that has been done to manage and reduce energy consumption across the City saves taxpayer dollars—and every dollar not spent on energy is a dollar available for City programs.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients!

Tidbit Tuesday | Don’t just read signs. Follow them.

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Don't just read the signs. Follow them.

In support of It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science—our pedestrian-driver safety campaign that seeks to leverage the engineering work that the Streets Department has implemented in recent years—we will be using Tidbit Tuesdays as opportunity to share pedestrian-driver safety reminders. This reminder is one of many advertisements that were installed across the city on buses, trolleys, trains, and bus shelters. We all know how to safely access the road, but sometimes a reminder is helpful. They are intentionally straight-forward as they aim to illustrate how simple road safety should be for drivers, pedestrians, and transit users.

However, in order to ensure the success of It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science, we need your involvement! We believe that street safety requires a shared understanding for the importance the issue. After all, it is an issue that impacts each and everyone of us. As part, we encourage you to share these images, as well as other resources provided on its website, to get the word out about the importance of driver-pedestrian safety in Philadelphia.

Want to learn more about It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science? Check out the overview here.

MOTUnes Monday | Pushbike

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. With today’s high of 60 degrees, and more cyclists already taking the streets, we are listening to “Pushbike” by the Mixtures.

Regional Safety Task Force Meeting | Reducing Impaired and Distracted Driving

In Pennsylvania, one out of three traffic-related fatalities is due to impaired driving. In Philadelphia, impaired driving was a factor in at least 22 crash fatalities in Philadelphia between 2010 and 2012. In effort to address this important issue, staff from MOTU and the Philadelphia Streets Department attended the March 3rd Regional Safety Task Force (RSTF) meeting on reducing impaired and distracted driving.

At the RSTF meeting, Judge John Kennedy of York County Courts and Criminal Justice presented an innovative, highly effective approach to reducing DUIs and DUI recidivism called Target 25.

As we all know, improving road safety requires everyone’s participation. You can save your life or a life of someone else by not driving while under the influence—and that means of legal or illegal drugs as well as alcohol. We also encourage you to learn more about the issue and to get involved by:

It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science

In April 2014, the City of Philadelphia was honored as the recipient of a Focus Cities grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand our pedestrian safety advertising campaign, It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science. And, yesterday, we kicked off the campaign in unexpected ways!

Using the same tagline as our previous campaign, “It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science,” we brought unsafe driver and pedestrian behaviors to life. Throughout the city’s highest crash corridors, we held #notrocketscience pop-up road safety events. At LOVE Park, Reading Terminal Market, Temple University, and the Olney Transportation Center, three distracted individuals dressed in “safety attire” (read: two over-the-top bubble wrap safety suits and a techy safety suit equipped with flashing lights and a scrolling marquee) in order to safely be distracted walkers.

Of course, distracted walking is not itself horribly hazardous; pedestrians don’t hit themselves! We dressed individuals in “safety gear” to illustrate a ridiculous world where we ask pedestrians to protect themselves against drivers engaged in unsafe behavior, when in fact it would be easier if everyone– especially drivers– just put their phones down and paid attention.

Pedestrian safety hard at work in the City of Brotherly Love

Throughout the day, It’s Road Safety’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts were updated, and people passing by were invited to join the conversation using #notrocketscience. As the selfies attest, the safety suit characters were a hit!

SelfiesWe’ve also launched a dynamic It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science website that has animated safety messages, safety tips, a safety kit, and “Heads Up” pictures that users are invited to share in order to warn others about the dangers of distracted driving and walking. The website’s animated characters, as well as their safety messages, debuted as advertisements on bus shelters, buses, trolleys, and subways yesterday, too.

Yesterday’s excitement certainly will not conclude It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science. Beginning next Tuesday, MOTU will be posting weekly safety tips to its Tidbit Tuesdays page. Yesterday’s pop-events were filmed and will be aired in a series of Public Service Announcements in April. And in April, we also will be hosting pedestrian/driver safety workshops in the city’s three highest crash corridors.

To make this campaign a success, though, we need you to promote safer streets for everyone! We invite you to use the resources we’ve provided to get the word out about the importance of pedestrian and driver safety in Philadelphia.

MOTUnes Monday | The Safety Chickens

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. Due to this Monday’s slippery conditions, we feel it is only appropriate to call on the safety chickens as a reminder to show each other extra respect on the streets and sidewalks today.

MOTUnes Monday | One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) brings you MOTUnes Monday, a selection of some of our favorite transportation and utilities-related songs. This week, we’re hearing Etta James’s “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)”.

Twitter Roundup from Today’s Bike Share Announcement

 

There was big announcement made this morning for bike share! The City proudly announced that Independence Blue Cross is the sponsor of Indego, Philadelphia’s bike share system, which is launching this spring. See the official press release here.

Below are some tweets from this morning’s press release at City Hall.

I hope you are excited as we are for the launch of Indego bike share this spring!

MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS AS SPONSOR FOR PHILADELPHIA’S BIKE SHARE SYSTEM, INDEGO

Originally posted on City of Philadelphia's News & Alerts:

Philadelphia, February 11, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Independence Blue Cross will serve as the title sponsor for Philadelphia’s bike share system, called Indego, which when it opens later this year will be a fleet of 600 professionally maintained and easy to ride bicycles and the network of more than 60 bicycle docking stations across the City.  In addition to the $3 million capital investment by the City of Philadelphia and more than $4.5 million in state, local and foundation funding, Independence Blue Cross will contribute about $1.7 million each year for the next five years as title sponsor.

“Indego will be a tremendous addition to our thriving city.  It will provide a low-cost, convenient, accessible and healthy transportation option for Philadelphians, commuters and visitors alike,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I am delighted that Independence Blue Cross has decided to partner with us on this exciting initiative as…

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