Urban areas like Philadelphia are notorious for having a high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. Being struck by a car while on foot or a bike can lead to serious injuries or even death. Fortunately, the City of Philadelphia has secured $2.68 million in federal funding to improve public transportation as well as pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The funding comes from the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. Local contributors have pledged to add $500,000 to the federal government’s contribution. The funds are slated to be divided among five different projects:
Two Philadelphia elementary schools notorious for child pedestrian accidents will be fitted with infrastructure to protect children walking on foot or riding bikes.
These programs are designed to plan and implement activities that encourage children to walk or bike to school safely.
The north side of the street in this area will be converted to a gateway plaza, stretching between Vernon Park and the bus transfer area.
The recently opened Manayunk Bridge Trail will be fitted with lighting to improve safety. Once the new lights have been installed, the bridge will be open to commuters travelling between Montgomery County and Philadelphia County later into the day than was previously allowed.
Existing bicycle lanes will be converted into protected areas. Also, new protected bicycle lanes will be added. These will be fitted with flexible delineator posts to separate the lanes from automobile traffic. High priority bicycle lanes throughout the city will be fit with special stripes and signs to increase awareness and visibility.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a car while on foot or on a bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Philadelphia bicycle accident lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP have a successful track record of helping clients who have been involved in pedestrian accidents pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. With offices located in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or contact us online today.