Philadelphia picks first two neighborhoods to become slow zones

Pat Loeb
March 03, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Two Philadelphia neighborhoods in the lower Northeast will be the first to get special features that slow down traffic in an effort to reduce car crashes and improve pedestrian safety. 

Streets in Fairhill and around Willard Elementary School will get speed cushions and other "traffic calming" tools with a million dollars from the red light enforcement fund. Philadelphia's Vision Zero coordinator Charlotte Castle says the city received 28 completed applications; Fairhill and Willard were chosen based on three criteria.

"We looked first and foremost at crash history inside of the proposed slow zones," Castle explained. "And then we also looked at vulnerable users, children under 18, adults over 60 as well as poverty levels, and then we looked at community places which are places that generate pedestrian activity, such as our free libraries, our schools and our health centers."

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Willard had almost a perfect score with high crash rates and a large percentage of children and elderly. Fairhill was close behind. 

The community will decide what to deploy and where. The goal is to get travel speeds on those streets down to 20 miles per hour.

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