MOTUnes Monday │ Expressway to Your Heart

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) showcases a transportation related song. This week, we’re in the fast lane with “Expressway to Your Heart” by the Soul Survivors.


MOTUnes Monday │ Sloop John B

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) showcases a transportation related song. This week, we’re featuring “Sloop John B,” a catchy tune by The Beach Boys.

Want a Bicycle Parking Corral?

Following the successful pilot last fall of an in-street bike parking rack on Sydenham St. just south of Walnut St in Center City, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities  received numerous requests from businesses around the City to provide in street bike parking.

Starting this month, MOTU will be soliciting applications from businesses and organizations who want to convert a single car parking space in front of their building into parking spaces for 12 bicycles. MOTU will be awarding up to 10 of these racks free of charge to applicants who prove that they meet the criteria outlined in the attached application packet. As part of the process, interested businesses or organizations are required to meet the following criteria:
– Determine if their location meets space requirements
– Provide evidence that their location has a high and un-met demand for bicycle parking
– Complete the City of Philadelphia Bike Corral Application
– Acquire letters of approval from their district City Council representative

This program will follow the examples set by peer cities across the country including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland Oregon, and Milwaukee in which a single car parking space is converted into parking spaces for multiple bicycle parking.

Applications are due May 30th, 2012 and should be emailed to or mailed to the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities c/o Aaron Ritz at the following address.

Aaron Ritz
Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities
1401 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1430

MOTUnes Monday │ Wabash Cannonball

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) showcases a transportation related song. “Wabash Cannonball” by Blind Willie McTell gets our vote this week.

Research Rest-Stop │ The Speed Camera Lottery

Every Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) highlights some interesting research related to or innovations in transportation, sustainability, or energy.


In 2010, Kevin Richardson of San Francisco participated in a contest run by a Swedish advertising firm for Volkswagen Sweden. The contest, called the Fun Theory, asked participants to develop concepts that addressed social challenges like speed-limit adherence in clever and innovative ways.

Mr. Richardson’s winning entry was the Speed Camera Lottery. Implemented as a demo in Stockholm, Sweden, the project used traffic-camera and speed-capture technologies to photograph all drivers on a local road. Drivers whose speeds went over the speed limit would receive fines. Drivers who followed the speed limit would be entered into a lottery funded by the fines paid by speeding drivers.

The results of the demo were remarkable. Before the demo, the average speed on the local street was 32 kilometers (roughly 20 miles) per hour. With the demo, the average speed dropped to 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) per hour. The demo shows how inserting fun into a situation can help to change human behavior and ultimately work to promote safer streets.


You may recall that on March 30th the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities announced the launch of a Parklet Pilot Program.  The program allows communities from across Philadelphia to request permission to build and maintain Parklets in their neighborhood. MOTU will work with businesses and community groups interested in building Parklets to make sure they are designed safely and fit in well with their neighborhood.

In addition to providing programmatic and technical support to communities and businesses interested in developing Parklets the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is prepared to provide monetary resources up to $5,000 this process. Community organizations interested in building Parklets in their neighborhood and receiving City monetary (as well as technical) support for this process should review this Parklet Grant RFP and complete the application process by close of business, 05/04/2012.

Photo by Ryan Collerd, Courtesy of UCD

MOTUnes Monday │ I’ll Fly Away

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) showcases a transportation related song. This week, we’re soaring high with Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “I’ll Fly Away.”

MOTUnes Monday │ Streets of Philadelphia

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) showcases a transportation related song. This week, we’re paying tribute to the Boss himself and his classic hit, “Streets of Philadelphia.”

The E-Lane Pilot: The video

Here is a look at the history of the E-Lane.  We decided to have fun with a serious issue – distracted walking.  Distracted driving get lots of attention, as it should, but a growing issue in cities is distracted walking. We are all pedestrians, so hopefully our fun can start a dialogue about making sure everyone gets home safe at the end of the day.
Thanks to George Awad, who developed the distracted walker icon.

The E-Lane Pilot: Sidewalk Space for Distracted Walkers

The E-Lane Pilot:
Sidewalk Space for Distracted Walkers

Philadelphia pilots dedicated sidewalk space for distracted pedestrians
First of its kind transportation innovation provides safe space for Philadelphia’s busiest pedestrians

Contact: Andrew Stober – (215) 686-8158

Philadelphia, April 1, 2012 –  A trailblazing breakthrough in safety and convenience is now painted on the 1400 block of JFK Blvd. Across the street from Philadelphia’s majestic City Hall and in the shadow of the great seal of Philadelphia that hangs from the Municipal Services Building, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has installed space on the sidewalk for a pilot Electronic Device Lane, referred to as the E-Lane.  The E-Lane is a dedicated sidewalk space exclusively for pedestrians who wish to use electronic devices while walking.  The E-Lane pilot is scheduled to last for one week.  The lane is easily identified with its bright lines and with a first of its kind distracted walker icon – reminiscent of the bicyclists icons found marked in the City’s bike lanes.

“Philadelphia is the city of firsts.  On April 1st 2012, the world again sees a first in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Stand on any sidewalk in Philadelphia you will see fellow citizens with busy lives who can’t take the time to look up from their IPhones, BlackBerries and other electronic devices.  The E-Lane is a safe and convenient option for those distracted walkers and should make sidewalks safer for the rest of us.” The Mayor continued, “More Philadelphians than ever before rely on mobile technology to do business and stay in touch with family and friends . We need to accommodate them.”

Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler noted, “We are all pedestrians. The transportation needs of Philadelphia are changing and my office is working hard to accommodate those changes.  We’ve piloted bike lanes, transit improvements, parklets and other innovations.  I am pleased to bring this latest pilot to our sidewalks.”  Cutler added, “About every four hours a pedestrian in Philadelphia is struck by a car. The first thing one learns in kindergarten is to look both ways when crossing the street. Pedestrians have an important role to play in keeping themselves safe on the street: use crosswalks, wait for cross signals, turn down music and look up from electronic devices when crossing the street. At the end of the day we just want to get everyone home safely.”

Check back here for photos and video.

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