Following two traffic fatalities in NW Philadelphia, NewsWorks rented a radar gun and clocked some alarming speeds along Henry Avenue and Lincoln and Kelly drives. How would you suggest the city slow down mortorists?
In September, NewsWorks rented a radar gun and clocked the speeds of passing motorists along Henry Avenue and Lincoln and Kelly drives in Northwest Philadelphia. The project was created in light of two recent traffic fatalities in the area and an ongoing neighborhood struggle with reckless, speeding drivers.
Brian Hickey and Matthew Grady spent roughly 10 hours at six different locations, primarily during morning and afternoon rush hours throughout the week of Sept. 10. They logged a variety of speeds for a report published in late September, which, in one instance, documents drivers pushing up to 70 miles an hour in a 25 mile an hour zone.
According to the article, if Philadelphia Police had issued speeding tickets to every driver who violated the speed limit across the 10-hour span, the city would have collected $76,406.
Now that we have the numbers, what are your suggestions for slowing down the drivers?
What traffic calming trade-offs would you be willing to put up with to make Henry Avenue, Kelly Drive and Lincoln Drive safer? A roundabout? Concrete cutouts? Increased police presence? You tell us.
NewsWorks will conduct a similar speeding survey at different Northwest Philadelphia locations in a few months. Let us know what streets you’d like us to include in that study.