Transportation

 By Jake Adams and Antonio Boone

Strawberry Mansion: Bus Barn Renovations Continue Despite Challenges

Strawberry Mansion: Bus Barn Renovations Continue Despite Challenges

Renovations of the bus loop on 33rd and Dauphin continue as construction workers began installing the steel structure of the project. The 33rd & Dauphin Bus Loop Improvement Project broke ground on Sept. 10, 2012, and is set to be completed in March  2014, but the planning phases took far longer. The project, which is […]

 By Imani Nieves and Corey Woods

Haddington: Bike Shop Helps Create, Embrace Community Cycle Culture

Haddington: Bike Shop Helps Create, Embrace Community Cycle Culture

[vimeo 50529074] Tucked away on a small residential street in West Philadelphia, Haddington’s Neighborhood Bike Works shop is easy to miss. If it were not for the front tire and handlebars of a bike protruding from the wall above the door of the workshop, the average passerby might mistake it as an extension of the car […]

 By Candice Monhollan, Audra Neff-Williams and Mike Polinsky

West Philadelphia: Car Dealership Setting a Standard

West Philadelphia: Car Dealership Setting a Standard

There is never a shortage of cars on city streets, but you’d be hard pressed to find places that sell them–unless you wander into West Philadelphia. Central City Toyota, located at 4800 Chestnut St., prides itself on being the lone car dealership in the area. “We’re it,” said Jamie Haberle, the service manager and a […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: 10th Street Bike Lane Causes Concern

Chinatown: 10th Street Bike Lane Causes Concern

Bicycles are a trendy, new form of transportation, especially with this year’s sky-rocketing gas prices. It has become too expensive to drive for some people. Many cities have been installing new bike lanes, starting bike-sharing programs and developing complete street policies to make streets safer for cyclists as well as other nondrivers. The Bicycle Coalition […]

 By Kailey Meitzler

East Falls: Neighborhood Sees an Increase in Reckless Driving

East Falls: Neighborhood Sees an Increase in Reckless Driving

[vimeo 39732274] An increase in fatal accidents in East Falls has brought light to the issue of reckless driving in the area and has brought community members to action. Earlier this year, there were three deaths in a single week, said Meg Greenfield, the first vice president of the East Falls Community Council and longtime […]

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: ATVs and Dirt Bikes Flood City Streets

Hunting Park: ATVs and Dirt Bikes Flood City Streets

[vimeo 38889282] In Philadelphia it is illegal to ride a dirt bike or an all-terrain vehicle on any street, sidewalk or pathway. Nevertheless, as summer dawns on the city, dirt bikes and ATVs fill the city streets. Some riders swarm the streets in packs while others dart in and out of traffic. Many of them […]

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. McKenzie

Center City: Forum Focuses on City’s Future Options for I-95

Center City: Forum Focuses on City’s Future Options for I-95

Urban highways are changing around the world in order to meet 21st century needs. And now Philadelphia is joining in on the conversation. City planners, officials and residents attended a discussion forum titled, “Reimaging Urban Highways,” on Thursday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The forum centered on the question of […]

 By Elise Bowder

South Philadelphia: Potential Plans for Safer Streets Unveiled

South Philadelphia: Potential Plans for Safer Streets Unveiled

As local residents packed into a tiny room at the Guerin Recreational Center in South Philadelphia, a sense of anticipation filled the air. “This meeting represents a change in culture,” said Mark Keener, an urban designer and member of the Community Design Collaborative. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia held its second public meeting Feb. […]

 By Elise Bowder, Alessandro Satta and Richard Ueberroth

South Philadelphia: On the Road to Safer Streets for Cyclists

South Philadelphia: On the Road to Safer Streets for Cyclists

An estimated 4 percent of commuters who live in South Philadelphia ride their bike to work, making it the most popular biking community in the city, said Sarah Clark Stuart, campaign director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. This figure is twice as high as the Philadelphia average and comparable to cities such as […]

 By Jade McKenzie

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases Bold Plan for City’s Future

[vimeo 36032279] The city has a new vision of renovation that will try to improve challenged neighborhoods, boost tourism revenue and increase city growth in the next 25 years. In a public meeting, the City Planning Commission released its first two district drafts for West Park and Lower South. The drafts include zoning code changes, future […]