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A Vision Zero Call to Action After Cyclist Killed in West Philly

A message appeared in the Bicycle Coalition’s inbox this morning concerning Jamal C. Morris, the cyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday morning. The message was from one of Morris’ friends, who told us that after several days in the hospital, Morris had passed away. The piping designer and Drexel graduate was found […]

Ride of Silence is May 18

2015 was a particularly bad year as far as Philadelphia cyclists’ injuries and deaths are concerned. Nine people on bicycles were killed in traffic violence, according to reports, which is the most in several years. And as usual, to commemorate these cyclists who’ve lost their lives, the annual Ride of Silence will be held during Bike […]

Speed is Killing People — Here’s What We Can Do About It

Last week, Plan Philly reported on a community meeting about N. 5th Street regarding what options were available to slow down motor vehicle traffic and make the road safe for the residents who live on it and use it for walking and bicycling. One of the meeting participants asked if speed cameras could be used to […]

GoFundMe Page Supports South Philly Family Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver

A GoFundMe page has been launched for three Philadelphians who were struck by a hit-and-run driver at Broad and Dickinson Streets earlier this month. In support of Stefanie McMillan and two of her daughters, the page was created about a week after a Philly.com article, titled Philadelphia’s other violence epidemic, shed light on “Our neighbors and children [that] are […]

Working for a Safer North 2nd Street After Summer Hit-and-Run

Lakeya Tillman contacted the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia on October 23 with a heart-wrenching story. Her step-son, Tyrone Tillman, had been killed by a hit-and-run driver earlier this year, and while her message was one of thanks “for bringing awareness to all the reckless drivers in the city with no regard to cyclists,” what […]

THIS WEEK IN BICYCLING: Our Weekly News Roundup

Reminder: Sunday is World Remembrance Day, and we encourage you to join in the remembrance of those killed in traffic violence, using the below Thunderclap and hashtag.   Speaking of which, we were pretty disappointed in a PhillyVoice article that overtly blamed the victims of traffic violence for their own deaths and injuries. “It’s Dangerous […]

Latest Hit-and-Run Death is a Study in Victim-Blaming

The tape had barely been cleared from outside Police Headquarters when an all-too-typical question arose in Philly media: Was 46-year-old science radio show host Joseph Heard to blame for the hit-and-run crash that killed him? Seriously. This question was asked, and an answer seemed to be implied in numerous stories written on the subject. On […]

3 Charts That Explain Philly’s Hit-and-Run Problem

The headlines are not misleading you: Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise this year. Overall, according to a piece in this morning’s Philadelphia Daily News, the number of crashes are up when compared to this time last year. Even people who spend their days trying to solve hit-and-runs can’t truly explain why there have been […]

Response for Cyclist Injured by Construction Bike Lane Blockage ‘Overwhelming’

There are posters up all over West Philadelphia, depicting a series of machines and construction barrels blocking the bike lane at 43rd and Baltimore Ave. “Investigating Bicycle Crash Caused by Construction Project Blocking Bike Lane” reads the poster, asking anyone who knows anything about a June 18th crash to contact Stuart Leon, a Philadelphia attorney […]

3 People Riding Bicycles Killed By Motorists In Separate Crashes

Three people riding bicycles — a 17-year-old high school senior, a 45-year-old father of two and a 36-year-old mother of twins — were recently killed in separate bike/car crashes in the region. On Thursday July 9th Daniel Wilson, 45 was killed in a head-on collision with the 33-year-old driver on a country lane in Tinicum Township, […]

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