PennDOT stimulates assists for pedest...

PennDOT stimulates assists for pedestrians

There are 12 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 3, 2009, titled PennDOT stimulates assists for pedestrians. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Q. About a month ago, we had traffic tied up for several weeks at Schantz and Ruppsville roads, only to find that they installed pedestrian-crossing signals at the intersection.

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Bicycles

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Aug 3, 2009
Although I'm not familiar with the Saucon Valley/Lanark intersection, just wanted to mention that cyclists use sidewalk cuts when cycling around towns.

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#2 Aug 3, 2009
What's really a shame is that these dollars could have been spent on upgrading intersections that prohibit pedestrians that pedestrians actually use -- such as Broadway / Parkway Blvd and Cedar Crest Blvd, between Trexler Park and Cedar Creek Parkway. Yes, I know there's a new initiative to join these parks and overhaul that intersection, but it seems stupid to invest in these rural intersections when there are urban intersections begging for improvement.
ROCCO

Allentown, PA

#3 Aug 3, 2009
Pedestrians better watch out when they see me coming in my sweet IROC-Z. I'll be rocking out to King Crimson on the awesome car stereo.
-ROCCO!

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Aug 3, 2009
I live not far from the Trexlertown bypass, and have noticed pedestrian crossings at each intersection, even though there are no sidewalks anywhere.

Any pedestrians walking along the bypass that aren't already in wheelchairs soon will be.
Regular

Macungie, PA

#5 Aug 3, 2009
Contractors associations and unions push for these government funded mandates.

Since: Apr 09

Lehigh Valley PA

#6 Aug 3, 2009
A total waste of money. Next thing they'll be telling homeowners that they need to install sidewalks to go with the cross walks.

Oh wait, these aren't in Emmaus.

Nevermind.
RonMania

Kulpsville, PA

#8 Aug 3, 2009
As the economy continues to sputter, unemployment rises, families lose there homes, we continue to construct curb cuts in case a wheelchair might pass by. West Bethlehem is getting improvement on their current ramps soon. In the last decade I have seen maybe 5 people in wheelchairs & they were racing down the street making a nuisiciance of themselves! Second, curb cuts are extremely dangerous to persons walking during the winter because of unremoved snow & ice. But our nanny gov knows all!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#9 Aug 3, 2009
RonMania wrote:
As the economy continues to sputter, unemployment rises, families lose there homes, we continue to construct curb cuts in case a wheelchair might pass by. West Bethlehem is getting improvement on their current ramps soon. In the last decade I have seen maybe 5 people in wheelchairs & they were racing down the street making a nuisiciance of themselves! Second, curb cuts are extremely dangerous to persons walking during the winter because of unremoved snow & ice. But our nanny gov knows all!
I don't know how they build 'em in PA, but the modifications they make for wheelchairs here in my part of Maryland seem worse than useless; at the slightest amount of rain the wheelchair accessible areas fill up with water and if there's rain and it turns really cold, there's a big sheet of ice. Not any good for wheelchairs OR pedestrians. RE the photo with this article; is a pedestrian crossing REALLY needed there? Doesn't look like it would be, at least in the photo.
Ollie North

Nutley, NJ

#10 Aug 3, 2009
Did anyone see those crazy new curb cuts on Bethlehem's south side? They've left a full-height, pie-shaped piece of (new) curb between the actual perpendicular ramps/walkways!
Road Warrior Fan Club

Harrisburg, PA

#11 Aug 3, 2009
Very informative article Dan. Thanks and keep up the great work. You are an old workhorse - something the Call needs more of.
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#12 Aug 3, 2009
Ollie North wrote:
Did anyone see those crazy new curb cuts on Bethlehem's south side? They've left a full-height, pie-shaped piece of (new) curb between the actual perpendicular ramps/walkways!
Now there's a great 'trap for the unwary'- like when we get a freezing rain and then 6 to 8 inches of snow on top of it to cover and hide the very existence of the thing from the pedestrian who - innocently stumbling along into the teeth of the gale - naively walks into that area expecting a flat, smooth surface to walk on ... What are they thinking ? What kind of monster have we created now ? One that will probably have to be jack-hammered out and re-done a few years from now - all at our expense, too.

Oh, by the way - this is another great example of 'your state govt. at work.' No pro-active or intelligent planning beforehand - just a 'knee-jerk' reaction to losing a lawsuit by some special-interest group that results in yet another 'unfunded mandate' and rushed program to respond to the court's decision, without much evidence of any comprehensive thought being given to it. Way to go, people.
Toad

Lansdale, PA

#13 Aug 6, 2009
That ADA piece that Bush 41 signed into law is one of the worst ever.I'm tired of the whiner cripples complaining about everthing!

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