MOTUnes Monday | Roundabout

On Mondays, 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. Today, we are sharing Roundabout by Yes.

Washington Avenue Safety Project: September 3 Public Meeting

The City of Philadelphia is committed to making safe streets for people who drive, walk, bicycle, deliver, load and unload, and use public transit—Washington Avenue is no exception. Join MOTU, the Streets Department, and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Thursday, September 3 between 6 and 7:30pm at the Rock School for Dance Education for an evening of discussions and activities that will help us to develop a re-striping proposal for Washington Avenue.

Washington Avenue - September 3 - Public Meeting Announcement

Frankford Avenue Transit Improvement Project

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You’re invited to join SEPTA and MOTU at the Holmesburg Branch Library on August 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00pm to learn how new technology will support the service of SEPTA’s Bus Route 66 along Frankford Avenue. Representatives will be available to discuss the improvements and to answer your questions.

For more information on the project, visit SEPTA’s website.

August 2015 Abandoned Bike Sweep

On Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th, MOTU and the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division will be conducting an abandoned bicycle sweep. We will remove abandoned bicycles that have been identified through Philly-311 and tagged by our office. Specifically, we will be doing our best to remove abandoned bicycles. Removing abandoned bicycles is an important part of maintaining the streets for all Philadelphians as it frees up our sidewalks for pedestrian use and it clears existing parking areas that are designated for cyclists.

All abandoned bicycles will be donated to local charities that specialize in refurbishing bicycles.

To report an abandoned bicycle, submit a request by calling 311 or by the 311 website. Remember to include a description of the bicycle, its location, any damage, and what the bike is locked to (a tree, parking meter, etc.). If we are unable to remove the abandoned bike during this sweep, or if the reported bike is located outside of our priority zones for the Papal visit, we will address the request at a later time.

If your bicycle has been identified as abandoned inadvertently, simply remove the yellow tag and relocate the bicycle to a nearby bike rack, or call the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at 215-686-4421.

Curious about what defines an abandoned bicycle? Review Bill No. 150287.

Tidbit Tuesday | Phone down. Head up.

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.

Phone down. Head up.

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.

Low-Cost Safety Improvement on Springfield & Baltimore Avenues

Have you ever wondered about the automated red light enforcement cameras at intersections across the city? Well, the City of Philadelphia benefits from those cameras immensely—and so does your safety as street users!

The City has used $1.5 million of earlier Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) fund distributions to improve pavement markings within bicycle conflict zones at 34 intersections and over seven miles of bicycle lanes. Of these intersections, the Baltimore and Springfield Avenues intersection (just east of S. 45th Street in the University City area of West Philadelphia) was one where the City and community stakeholders collaborated to improve safety.

The Springfield and Baltimore Avenues intersection was recently improved under Philadelphia’s citywide Low-Cost Safety Improvement project funded by ARLE. University City District has said “the response in the neighborhood has been phenomenal! [There has been much] outpouring of appreciation, especially for a project of this [small] scale.” The Springfield and Baltimore Avenues low-cost safety project demonstrates low-cost-big-impact type of work that has really been at the heart of Philadelphia’s ARLE funded safety improvements. The project has dramatically improved safety by eliminating accelerating Springfield Avenue traffic onto Baltimore Avenue heading east. The improvements for pedestrians is also significantly improved since pedestrians no longer need to negotiate the nearly 70-foot unsignalized crossing parallel to Baltimore Ave. The improvements, consisting of traffic paint and flexible delineator posts, shorten the crossing to less than half and require vehicular traffic to make a turn instead of a higher-speed merge.

The results? Have a look for yourself:

Baltimore and Springfield Avenues, before

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, BEFORE

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, AFTER

Springfield and Baltimore Avenues, AFTER

Additionally, the City is using the most recent $3.5M ARLE funding distribution to implement traffic calming measures throughout the City to reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian safety. Such projects include corridor safety improvements on Castor Avenue, pedestrian safety improvements on South Broad Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, citywide traffic calming improvements, LED Street Light Improvements, and Anti-Skid pavement resurfacing at key locations.

Coordination between MOTU and the Streets Department on projects like these ARLE funded safety improvement projects is helping the City of Philadelphia to advance transportation safety for all street users.

Tidbit Tuesday | It’s called a bus stop. Not a bus chase.

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.
It's called a bus stop. Not a bus chase.

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 | Philadelphia Freedom

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. Today, we are listening to a Philadelphia-themed song with Elton John’s 1975 “Philadelphia Freedom”.

Tidbit Tuesday | You have eyeballs. Use 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.

You have eyeballs. Use 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.

Tidbit Tuesday | Don’t just read the 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.

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