June 9: Chestnut Street road diet | Boot and Saddle sign restored | Planning for mobility on-demand

The FRA is issuing new train speed regulations, four weeks after the Philadelphia Amtrak crash.

Philly will be one of the first cities to get Apple’s new transit app

John Boyle at the Bicycle Coalition blog reports on a new Streets Department study concludes that a road diet narrowing Chestnut Street from 3 lanes to 2 in West Philly would decrease crashes and improve pedestrian safety.

Nobody knows this, but Travis Southard reminds us that as of 2012, PA state law has requires a four foot berth for motorists passing cyclists. That’s about two feet past a cyclist’s outstretched arm, which means that passing cyclists is illegal on most residential streets.

A fun Planet Money podcast on the terrible politics of MonkeyParking, Haystack, and related apps that let people pay others to vacate curb parking spaces. Philly City Council has banned them.

Benjamin Freed makes some interesting points about how e-hailing and online delivery are impacting city planning.

The Boot and Saddle neon sign has been restored.

Some people in Pittsburgh created a giant slip ‘n’ slide and some people waited three hours to ride it. 

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