Friday, November 4, 2016

Fishtown's Growth and and Popularity

POV: Addressing resulting growth issues

Change tends to result in new or unforeseen issues. An active and popular dense commercial area has raised concern and a call for action. This article focuses on safety due to the vast increase of foot traffic. It sheds a light for people to be able to modify and increase safety when crossing that areas streets. This is wise but some suggestions could create a new set of problems that would have a negative impact.
Here's my corrections and updated suggestions as to how I see this issue . (map search Frankford and Girard Avenue 19125)

Corrections and Clarity

RE: Philadelphia urban law
I 'm refining my statement regarding "illegal crosswalks" and much more.
01 True: Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing "outside" of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection: key word is "outside."
02 True: Vehicles, however, must yield to pedestrians when crossing "within" any marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection: key word is "within."
03 True: Frankford Avenue and Master Street: They are both "legal intersection" but "illegal cross walking" is true when crossing "outside" of a marked or unmarked crosswalk at those intersections.
04 Wrong: A "No Pedestrian Crossing" sign askew readable from both Shackamaxon, Thompson and Frankford.
05 Wrong:"Do not make an ill conceived dangerous statement for support that a Crossing Guard should be at this intersection that puts children and the guard at serious risk of life and limb."
Lawful conditions: Marked Crosswalks may be considered at uncontrolled locations under the following conditions:
• School Zones with crossing guards, signs and markings, and/or signals
• Engineering judgment dictates the use of specially designated crosswalks based on the number of vehicular lanes, pedestrian exposure, ADT (Abstract data type), posted speed limit, and geometry: (the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something .)

POV: A traffic light or stop sign on Frankford Avenue at Thompson/Shackamaxon is ill conceived due to the volume of vehicle traffic on Frankford Avenue which can create backup that can and will interfere with vehicle traffic in both directions and Girard Avenue and most notable turning off Girard Avenue which includes public transportation. (three public transportation routes, 5, 15, 25, utilize the intersection of Frankford and Girard)
Plan: "Caution Pedestrian X-ing" painted on the street for both directions of Frankford Avenue approximately 20 to 30 feet before Thompson Street.
Plan: Master St is one block away from Thompson. A traffic light only changeable by "Press button to cross street" for Frankford Avenue would be very helpful especially for senior citizens (Lutheran Settlement Senior Center) and everyone else. If that's not enough then paint on Frankford Avenue in both direction "Traffic Light Ahead."
The Fishtown Neighbor's Association can petition for appropriate street painted cautions for both intersection. York Street, elsewhere, effectively painted cautions, regardless of it's form, are  helpful safety measures.
As it's long been said: Things Change.

words and not even one picture by roman blazic_all right reserved

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