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Speaking Out

Safety at UC Station

I occasionally take the train to the University City station. Upon descending the stairs from the southern exit of the station you are greeted with a sign indicating that you should not J-walk. Instead, you are directed to walk to the nearest traffic light-controlled intersection at Spruce Street. As you might expect, everybody ignores this sign. Fortunately, most oncoming traffic slows down or stops for pedestrians. It would be much safer if there were an official pedestrian cross-walk with signs at a suitable distance indicating the oncoming cross-walk.

—Howard Goldfine, Professor of
Microbiology, School of Medicine

 

Response from UPPD

The University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) is actively involved in numerous traffic safety initiatives. Traffic safety and in particular the safety of pedestrians and bicyclist remains a high priority within the UPPD Patrol Division. The Penn Police Department, in concert with several other University Departments, participates in a University Transportation Safety group on a monthly basis to review traffic safety initiatives, identify problematic areas and also communicate on a regular basis with the Department of Philadelphia Traffic Engineers to work on resolving traffic safety issues. We have made numerous recommendations to the City of Philadelphia which will ultimately enhance traffic safety at various intersections. However, specific to Convention Avenue, the City has determined the area to be unfit for a pedestrian crosswalk due to its proximity to a right angle bend in the road. Even with ample signage, inserting a crosswalk at this location would cause an abrupt, unexpected, and unsafe stop for vehicular traffic.

—Mark Dorsey, Chief of Police

 

Speaking Out welcomes reader contributions. Short, timely letters on University issues will be accepted by Thursday at noon for the following Tuesday’s issue, subject to right-of-reply guidelines. Advance notice of intention to submit is appreciated. —Eds.

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 24, February 28, 2006

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