Philadelphia Police Poised To Crack Down On Bicycle Traffic

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia officials next month plan to use more “stick” in a program that takes a carrot-and-stick approach to bad behavior by people in cars, on bicycles and on foot.

The program, dubbed “Give Respect, Get Respect,” was launched at the beginning of May, aimed at reining in bad behavior by motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in Center City (see previous story).

Since then, some tickets, but mostly warnings have been handed out.

But deputy mayor Rina Cutler says that starting in August, more citations will be issued.

“After the first several months of doing that, we really need to pick up the enforcement side and really get serious,” she told KYW Newsradio.

Cyclist Andrew Fleming was riding in the bike lane on 10th Street when he had to slam on the brakes to avoid crashing into a man who wrongfully crossed against the light while talking on his cell phone.

“I’ve always had to look out for pedestrians whether or not there have been bike lanes, but I feel like it is a little more obvious now when you should be paying attention when you are a pedestrian,” Fleming said. “I try to follow the rules of the road because I used to be someone who didn’t follow rules of the road and a couple of times I got into accidents and that made me think twice.”

Nearly 600 bicyclists were given warnings since the program started, many for riding on the sidewalk or running red lights.

“We are starting to see a place for us to feel safe. It feels like there’s been room made for us on the road and so it’s time for us to start thinking about how it is the rules of the road apply to us now,” said Alex Doty, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

Pedestrians who text while they walk without looking ahead will also be targeted, but for warnings only — a point emphasized by Cutler in a later clarification of her original comments about the program.

“Pedestrians may be reminded to be more aware of their surroundings; however, there are no citations issued by the PPD (Philadelphia Police Department) for texting while walking. If a Philadelphia police officer observes a driver, cyclist or pedestrian participating in any kind of potentially dangerous behavior, the officer will remind them to be careful,” the city said in a statement.

And on the motorist side, officials will be looking for drivers who don’t respect the bike lanes.

The citations include $120 fines.

Grant money is being used to cover the costs of the increased enforcement which will last through the summer.

There are already plans in the works to get another grant to extend the increased enforcement another 40 weeks.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  1. flfshrmn says:

    My brother was in Philly for business. He and some associates went to a famous pizza place for dinner and his rental truck was towed even though it was lagally parked. He has heard it is just a tow truck wracket to stiff out of town car renters out of 300 bucks. Dirty pool, dirty city, Philly needs to clean up its act in every respect.

  2. 51 Phantom says:

    After watching Parking Wars on tv, I decided to never go to Philly again. This new law has made that vow a lifetime commitment.

  3. Jon Weiss says:

    Prohibit people from being in the city, problems all solved.

  4. Jon Weiss says:

    This has NOTHING to do with safety it is merely another scam by local politicians to raise city revenues. If Pedestriams are walking without paying attention, when they get run over for j-walking, they wil have their penalty. The same goes for cyclists. This entire problem is nothing new it has been ongoing for decades but now that money all over the contry is tight the city needs a new income stream, it is nothng more than that.

  5. Johnny Wishbone says:

    Join the Council of Conservative Citizens and let’s take back America!

    http://www.cofcc.org

    That’s www . C of CC . ORG!

  6. jimpeel says:

    One of my favorite bumper stickers in Colorado “Share the road? Share the taxes!”

  7. jimpeel says:

    Welcome to European style “Anti-Social Behavior” laws. It was only a matter of time before the cash cow got around to this. Revenue enhancement, anyone?

  8. jg says:

    “Slammed on the breaks”?

    Editor!

    It’s “brakes”.

  9. Good Grants says:

    “Grant money is being used to cover the costs of the increased enforcement which will last through the summer.”

    So I guess that “grant money,” couldn’t have been used to keep open firehouses that have been subjected to “brown outs?” Or Libraries that have been shut down. Or any other number of things that warrant funding. I see the person that is responsible for this “Rina Cutler,” has been to Boston and San Fransisco. Two nanny cities, like NY. What’s next Philly regulating the air people breathe?

    As another poster wrote above, if you can get out leave, I did.

    Ironic these types of regulations/rules/laws exist in the city that houses the Liberty Bell.

  10. Billy2strings says:

    Well, they have legislated everything else….and now they have decided to legislating how you walk and talk.

    Bu bye sheep…..the trucks pulling up to the pen.
    Hey, I have a good idea.
    Lets remove the word ‘freedom’ from all american dictionary’s….so it does not cause confusion for anyone if they happen to come across that word.
    Freedom? ….whuzz dat ?

    LOL…Here’s some more chains, why not try them on for size……
    and the sheeple nod and say, Okies . . .

    Moo….

  11. MovingOut says:

    Bike lanes in CC are few are far between. Good job news team of finding one of the only streets that has one to include in the article.

  12. MontgomeryScott says:

    Within the Philafelphia City Linits, there are +- 1,448,000 people, of which, according to this CBS ‘news’ story, a significant numver cannot interact with their real world while utilizing cellphones (read ALL the comments, as well as this story).
    There seems to be an outcry from the commenters about the ATTITUDES of those who occupy this City, as perhaps being a root cause, as well as an outcry against the totalitarian legislation that is being currently ENFORCED in regards to ‘rudeness’.
    What would happen if a Class V Solar Flare knocked out electricity on the East Coast (caisung an interruption of cellular transmissions, as well as the ability for the cops to ‘run your ‘ID’)?

    I would gather that you 1,448,000 peole wolfn’t really care, as your cars would all stop working, and this webpage would go dowm (semi-permanently), and the ATM’s would quit, and the COPS would be summarily slaughtered, as a short period of ANARCHY would be allowed to reign (before the FEDERAL TROOPS were brought in to RESTORE ORDER).
    MEANWHILE:
    DROP THE CELLPHONE, AND GET DOWN ON THE GROUND (TAZERS USED NOW)…
    I understand that the ORIGINAL ‘Liberty Bell’ was flawed by a large CRACK (it was contracted to be cast by the frigging GOVERNMENT at that time). It’s enshrined in ‘Liberty Hall’, somewhere in downtown PHILLY, isn’t it?

    WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT POSSIBLE that the ‘cradle of liberty’ woukld allow AND ENCOURAGE 4 or 5 militirized goons to tackle, beat, taze, and bofy-slam a civilian citizen for the crime of ‘TEXTING WHILE WALKING’, much less the capital offence of RIDING A BIKE on a SIDEWALK?

    Get out, if you can, while you still have time.

  13. Don King says:

    This article sucks.

  14. malibu says:

    Well who would know better about giving respect than a cop.

  15. ApocalypseNow says:

    Simple, put a motion sensor in all cell phones.
    If it is in motion the only thing it can do is call emergency services.

    Shut up, no one needs to know the minutiae of your idiotic lives.
    Cell phones do little good, adding greatly to high frequency emissions
    and encouraging idiots that know nothing to babble incessantly.

    On second thought, use your cell phone as often as possible and hold
    it as closely to your head as you can.

    It will take years but the results are virtually guaranteed.

    1. Dennis Hopper says:

      Apocalypse Now sucked.

    2. Banderman says:

      ROFLMAO.

  16. rlo says:

    Police work is more about revenue generation these days.
    Prosecuters don’t seem to care about guilt or innocense as long as they get a prosecution.
    What next? Fined for wrong color of shoes or you stepped on an endangered and protected roach?

  17. Dudge says:

    The “Drive-By” Media ALWAYS exclaims “Grant Money”, “State or Federally” financed “projects”—just like this w/ the City of Phila. WHEN DO THESE NEWS JERKS finally say “Taxpayer’s Dollars?”—–So, in essence, the TAXPAYER is FUNDING another “project” for Phila. to CREATE MORE REVENUE—-to support THOSE who DON’T, WON’T or CAN”T support themselves. The “can’ts” are already taken WELL care of…..A “culling” of the “Herd” is needed of the “won’t s & Don’ts”…….THIS ain’t for “safety”—it’s for REVENUE!…………

  18. Charles Runyon says:

    I don’t know but I’m pretty sure someone is being killed, raped, mugged, or worse in Philly so why not target criminals instead of citizens? Just a thought, I mean why make law abiding citizens criminals, hmm.

    1. Kendra says:

      The city isn’t making them criminals, they are doing that themselves. The laws are already in place, bicyclists must follow the laws of the road. This program is simply enforcing the law.

    2. Bruce B says:

      I agree up to a point. There is illegal behavior, but if they’re planning on making stupid, inconsiderate, selfish behavior illegal, that could end up emptying their fine city.

  19. Hinton88 says:

    I don’t understand people who get all up in arms about safety regulations being enforced. It’s the same thing at work when you are required to do certain processes in certain ways. It’s for everyone’s safety.

    1. joey says:

      This isn’t safety work rules for safety reasons. This is another freedom being taken away because people are too stupid to use common sense. Stupid however should not be a crime. If anything, stupid should be a right. How are the idiots of our country going to die if we stupid proof the streets? Besides protecting supid people from doing stupid things is far more important to the cities revenue than focusing law enforcements attention to low class thugs and drug dealers that cost the tax payers money. This is just a more profitable and direct way of getting money and keeping the jails uncrowded. Stupid

      1. Angry Revolutionary says:

        Joey gets it!

      2. Joe says:

        Shakedown

      3. Jon Weiss says:

        Indeed idiocy should be allowed to be a terminal illness.

  20. francis edwards says:

    Walking and texting is not illegal in Philadelphia. There is no law or Philadelphia Code provision that applies. I have not heard the police nor the mayor’s office make any statements to the contrary and I am unsure where this information came from.

    The “Give Respect, Get Respect” program brochure highlights this as a problem that they want people to be aware of. However, no citations or warnings can be issued for conduct that is not against the law.

    Please revise the article or provide your source.

    1. yunkk says:

      Lighetn up, Francis.

  21. Tiffany says:

    People should be responsible on their own. If they’re not responsible on their own, let them suffer the consequences on their own (like the lady who fell in the fountain – I’m sure she was very embarrassed and likely will watch her step next time!) Do we really need to pass yet MORE laws governing people’s behavior? Can a person just not even walk down the street anymore without some law governing their person? Next thing you know you’ll be fined for taking steps that are too small or for walking too slowly. America has gone crazy with all these new laws. We don’t need them! Just because a few people were injured as a result of their own stupidity is NOT cause or justification to pass a law that will affect millions of people. This is just unnecessary government intrusion into the private life of an individual.

  22. Animal says:

    “Cyclist Andrew Fleming was riding in the bike lane on 10th Street when he had to slam of the breaks to avoid crashing into a man who wrongfully crossed against the light while talking on his cell phone.”

    Slam of the breaks?

    Hello? Is there a copyeditor in the house?

  23. Bill H says:

    Laws should be followed in May a vehicle on pin street turned into the bike lane never looking. I slammed my brakes and flipped over either had to hit a tree or the vehicle if I didnt slam the brakes. Wound up in the ER the next day for pains in my neck. Of course the driver drove away. it was a gold SUV. I recently started a new job and thought I had health insurance only to find out it started the next day. So now besides losing money from missed work the hospital wants me too pay them thousands all becuase someone inconsiderate has no time to look before they turn,

  24. Christen says:

    AH, FOILED. this article has been changed since yesterday. “Pedestrians who text while they walk without looking ahead will also be targeted — but for warnings only, not fines. “

  25. TGreens says:

    There should be SAGGING LAWS and ACCESS CARD ONLY lines.

  26. RJ says:

    Cops should probably start cracking down on visually and mentally impaired people too. Who knows what a visually or mentally impaired person might do?

    If you’re going to enforce idiotic rules, you might as well go all in.

    1. Bruce Brinkmann says:

      Luckily, most of the mentally impaired people in Philadelphia work for the “PARKING AUTHORITY”

  27. brad says:

    Philadelphia seems to have forgotten it’s place in history. How long until they bulldoze Independence Hall? We can’t have old buildings standing around..they may pose a safety risk. Thank goodness the public officials there know what’s best. I guess “no taxation without representation” was just a fancy meaningless slogan…”Hope and Change”…now there’s a meaningful slogan. HA!

  28. Marbran says:

    After watching the video, why didn’t the biker see the pedestrian ahead of time? Was he not looking at the road? Why did the biker use his front break, almost flipping, instead of his rear break? Why is the biker decked out in racing gear yet chooses to train/practice in a heavily congested area? He needs to get out of center city for that! The video seems staged to me. The camera certainly had time to set up, and you have the lean pro biker versus the schlub on the phone. Phony!

    1. brett says:

      and why didnt the pedestrian see the cyclist? why is the pedestrian crossing against a red light?

      1. Marbran says:

        If the cyclist had been naked I’m sure he would have been seen. Maybe that’s the solution for Philly: expand the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride to year-round. Then all cyclists will be noticed!

  29. MovingOutOfPhilly says:

    Dear Mr. Nutter,
    You are not my Dad!

  30. Wes says:

    If areas of roadway are being dedicated to cyclists, then tax them to maintain the roads and paths they operate on. Same for electric cars or hybrids, there are no free rides.

  31. Government=Good says:

    Good work Philadelphia. Taxes on walking, taxes for talking. You know what I think would be a great plan, Philadelphia? Taxes on oxygen. Think about it, citizens (customers) will be forced to pay to breath the air in Philadelphia. Everyone will have to pay, because as you know, humans can’t live without air. The city will be rich, and the citizens will be poor, thus allowing for them to WANT/NEED more support from the government. When the people turn to the government for more help they give the government more power over their everyday lives. Soon we’ll have the citizens in chains, and we’ll whip their backs to work harder for their “common good” and we’ll steal all that they have, and take what is rightfully theirs. This is such a good plan and should be implemented right away. The government needs to take over the lives of every citizen, needs to take their money away, their freedoms, because no one knows better than government. The government knows what best for all of us. So listen people: Give in, submit to your government, become slaves of the common good, and no longer work and live for yourself.

  32. Hater says:

    Just keep taxing and fining the tax base right out of the city while the brothas run wild. Philly is done.

    1. IndyMike says:

      Its articles like this that make sure I never visit city’s like this. And I would never move to a city like this with my business when they try to control how you walk and talk. Another one to cross off the list.

  33. Sandy Lester says:

    Wouldn’t the public be better served if the police started arresting those flash mob thugs, and street gangs? Oh, wait it is just so much easier to ticket and fine a pedestrian for bad behavior. What a wait of tax payers money.

  34. Sighhhhhh says:

    This isnt that insane. If you dont drive/live in the city, you probably dont know how bad it is. Bicyclists constant run through red lights and ride on the sidewalks. They are suppose to drive on the street and therefore should obey the laws like motorists.

    1. FedUp says:

      Cyclists who “obey the laws like motorists” and stay in line while on the road are most likely to be side swiped for a crazy reckless cab driver, who will do anything to get 1 spot closer to the front of the line. CC motorists are far from law abiding themselves. Oh and I drive and live in the city.

    2. 51 Phantom says:

      Move! If you don’t like it….Move! No one is holding a gun to your head… Move!

  35. Wyatt says:

    Typical deflection. It’s the useless politicians in City Hall that came up with this brilliant idea, not the cops. This is what happens to a city that has had 60+ years of uninterrupted Democrat rule.

    1. artemis133 says:

      “Mr. Warren” is just spamming his book, as usual. Comment was reported. Look at most comment sections of online articles, this schlub is usually there, pimping that book.

  36. stop2think says:

    How about fining oblivious voters who continue to vote in incompetent and corrupt Democrats to office year after year after year?

  37. Only in Philly says:

    Just another blatant cash grab. Heaven forbid cops in this area actually go after real criminals instead of being deputy tax collectors.

  38. ky30 says:

    How about cracking down on Flash Mobs ?

  39. Regulas says:

    Next will be dress code police like in Iran.

  40. Basil says:

    Time foe a new game, Tackle Texting. If you see someone texting without looking ahead, just tackle them. Make sure you land on them so you don’t tear your clothing on the pavement.

  41. Barry says:

    We all better learn to watch out for each other whether walking or riding bikes. If our ecenonmy tanks due to unemployment and high gas costs, we’ll ALL be riding bikes to work and have to learn to respect each other on the roads.

  42. Chicago Nick says:

    “Philly To Ticket Oblivious ‘Text-Walkers’… ” Can’t they just be shot?

    1. Angry Revolutionary says:

      Sure, can we do the same to people from Chicago….the most corrupt city in the United States and producer of the worst president in history….

    2. Bill says:

      There is a good chance they will be. One more thing to distract the already overburdened cops from stopping actual criminals and there will be more shootings than ever.

  43. Angry Revolutionary says:

    Does this mean we can ticket the bike cops when they ride up South Street the wrong way, ride on the sidewalks and blow through red lights? Does it mean we can ticket the cops when they yap on thier cell phones while driving? What’s good for the goose…..

    1. EK says:

      I agree! On several occasions I have nearly run head-on into University City bike patrol coming up the wrong way on the Chester ave bike lane at 40th street. I was also given a verbal warning by a police officer at 40th and Walnut for “sidewalk riding” as I maneuvered onto the street… and was then passed by 2 bike police riding on the same sidewalk…

  44. John says:

    Everyone should be ENRAGED by this. Seriously, the government is trying to control your life in every way possible. This is absurd. In 1775 they would have been tarred and feathered for having an agenda like this. All for YOUR money too. It’s no no laughing matter. Slowly but surely they’re talking away your rights and your money.

  45. Cogito ergo sum says:

    Congratulations!!!! You have won the Award for the Most Idiotic Online Comment of the Month! This has to be the most far-out, ridiculously ignorant comment I’ve read all year.

    1. cogito ergo dumb says:

      You really don’t get around much, if you think that comment was award-winning in that way.

  46. DENNIS says:

    Philadelphia. I
    FLEW INTO THIS CITY ON THE WAY TO EUROPE AND USED U.S. AIRWAYS. STAYED OVER NIGHT, WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE…THE AIRPORT WAS OK BUT MOST OF THE WORKERS WERE LAUGHING AND SCRATICHING. NOT WORKING AT ALL AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT…… THE CITY IS DIRTY….I MEAN TRASH EVERYWHERE….AND PEOPLE JUST DROPPING TRASH AS THEY WALKED. LIKE IN A THRID WORLS COUNTRY..THEY WERE NOT WHITE…
    I WILL NEVER FLY INTO THIS CITY AGAIN….A COMPLETE DISGRACE…
    AND THE TSA GOONS….THIS IS A WELFARE JOB IN ITS BEGINNING STAGES…
    A FAST FOOD PLACE WOULD NOT HIRE THESE FOOL CLOWNS….
    EXAMPLE…OF FACT….MY FLIGHT OUT WAS AT 10AM AND I WANTED TO LEAVE THE HOTEL AT 8:00AM.
    HONEST TO GOD…THE GIRL DRIVING THE VAN WAS LATE AND DID NOT GET TO THE VAN UNTIL 835AM AND SOME MISSED THEIR FLIGHTS BECAUSE OF HER BUT SHE DID HAVE TIME TO GRAB TWO DONUTS AND COFFEE FOR HERSELF…
    SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED FOR BEING LATE….
    WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN FILTHYDELPHIA…
    SORT OF LIKE A CHICAGO SLUM…BUT FURTHER EAST…

    1. yunkk says:

      Good. We don’t want you here anyway. Now, if you’d excuse me, I have a trash tornado to go play in.

  47. Render says:

    Thank god the police have taken care of all the real crime in Philadelphia. Since doing so, it’s certainly legitimate that they move on to molding the modern American society, and the behavior of its citizens, into precisely the form that the Ivy League elite and their sycophantic wannabes know is right and proper.

    Kudos to the people of Philadelphia for accepting their role as the vanguard of this new behavior modification regime.

    1. Curtis Sharpe says:

      I spent 27 years in the city of bortherly Love and always was amazed at how the administration and it’s citizens lacked respect for themselves and others. Transit riders stand in the street waiting for the bus, Buses stop in the street to pick up passengers, cars back up for blocks behind buses. It will be a great day when the administration and the wonderful people of Philly show respect to others, including the bus drivers, auto drivers, bikers and yes those who walk. Philly has the option to make a lot of progress and show its value of it’s name, City of Brotherly Love! Keep looking for better apprciation for each other.

  48. Sponge Bob says:

    They need to give Donovan McNabb an award for sticking it out in Philly for so long.

  49. Bob W says:

    Anything to increase revenue at the same time waste, fraud and abuse by the “authorities” runs rampant at all levels of government. Why not just have someone with a badge assigned to each citizen who still has a few bucks to his or her name? Meanwhile the biggest criminals are allowed to steal us blind. The real kicker in this story is that grant money (i.e., money already extracted from taxpayers) is being used to fund the “imaginative” program. I think the country — not just Philadelphia — is being imploded by design because no other country operates in such an obviously counterproductive, asinine way.

  50. dave51537 says:

    The mechanical device used to stop a bicycle is spelled brakes, not breaks. Andrew Fleming’s bicycle has brakes, not breaks.

    1. SailorV says:

      Every man, woman and child in Philadelphia should get a citation and a 120 dollar fine for supporting Democrats in public office. Except dave who picked up on the correct spelling of bicycle brakes. Kudos.

    2. coop says:

      and it is “slam on the brakes” not “slam of the breaks”. The editor but be preoccupied with sending text messages.

  51. Melanie says:

    So you removed my comment, nice. Well, fine then, I don’t plan on visiting this website ever again. Nothing to see here, moving right along.

    1. Seriously Melanie says:

      Noooobody cares.

  52. JB says:

    The bicyclists in Philly are out of control. Sailing though red lights, going the wrong way down streets, using the sidewalk when there are open bike lanes. Frankly I can’t remember the last time I saw someone on a bike actually obeying traffic rules.. They are a disgrace and deserve any fine the city levies.
    On the other hand, maybe they should start with the vagants occupying city parks, bathing in the fountains, and leaving debris all over the public spaces of this city.

    1. bawlmerian says:

      It is not just Philly. The Spandex gangs are out of control everywhere.

    2. Philly cyclist says:

      Some are, some aren’t. The ones who do dumb stuff like that should be ticketed. On the flip side I know I’d really appreciate it if you drivers would actually respect the bike lane for once so I could get into work ONE TIME without almost being hit while riding IN THE BIKE LANE.

  53. Ted Pikul says:

    Yes.

    That’s what’s keeping this city on its knees.

    Bicyclists.

  54. Daniel McDowell says:

    Congrats Philly on making the list of stupid laws. Good luck enforcing the txting while walking, the higher up courts are eventually gona get tired of throwing out those charges.

  55. zombierocket says:

    I have a friend that oves when people text while they walk and when they don’t look up to see where they are going, he plows right into them with a stiff forearm… knocks right off their feet and their precious iPod goes flying. He says he likes to teach the idiots to look where they are going!

    1. Bradford Tiernan says:

      nothing like criminal assault to get your blood flowing, right?

    2. Ghost says:

      Your friend is a moron

    3. Jon Doe says:

      Your friend should be in jail.

    4. Abe Froman says:

      Your friend is a hero.

  56. ratso says:

    I have sent emails to the city about bikes on sidewalks (mostly by foreigners who think it is OK). I have seen many people hit by bikes including a blind person. If one hits me, he will have a serious problem, after he get up from the ground.

  57. blacknblue2 says:

    I keep trying to figure out when this pedestrian nonsense started. I see people walk out of a Starbucks, directly into the street and didn’t look left or right. It started before the text messaging I think it is just part of the me attitude of people. They assume that 10 ton truck won’t run over them because, after all, the world does revolve around them.

    I’d say a $150 ticket would be a good start to changing their attitudes.

  58. MrRee says:

    Why stop there? Do you know how many people are killed in car accidents everyday? We need to ban all cars! Oh, and don’t get me started on swimming pools. /s

    1. ban cell phone use says:

      The benefits of a safely opreated car are much greater than the costs. That is what they are trying to do, make sure people are operating their bikes and cars safely, and being safe around bikes and cars while walking. Quit being a troll. There is no need to ban cars. And yes, Robert Jones is correct. Cell phone use in any form should be banned while driving on most roads. When you text you take your eyes off the road for an extended period of time. When you talk, you drive like you have tunnel vision and are clueless about what is going on around you.

    2. zombierocket says:

      No that’s not the issue. The issue is a complete lack of common sense and an utter lack of courteous behavior. I know this is hard for you to understand… today’s youth are so narcissistic they do not see this as an issue…

    3. Frank D. says:

      In reply to “ban cell phone use” from 9:41:

      I couldn’t agree more. Cell phone use distracts the driver from the task at hand: Driving the car! In my opinion, ALL discussions distract the driver. I refuse to allow any type of conversation in my car. The minute anyone begins to talk, you run the risk of distracting the driver. It is not worth it. Like I tell my wife, kids, parents, and siblings, if you’re getting into my car, DO NOT TALK. In the end, it is not worth the risk.

      1. Jon Weiss says:

        If Cell phone use is a distractor, then tickets need to be issued to drivers that are fiddling with the radio, CD player, etc. Distraction is distraction regardless of the cause.

  59. BikeCat says:

    Nevermind the fact that I have NEVER EVER seen ANYTHING done for people on their cellphones. Even while I was struck, on my bike, obeying the traffic laws while being watched by police. Half the Peds I almost bike into ON THE STREET are ones who dart between cars or don’t feel it necessary to NOT CROSS THE STREET while they have a red light. I’d be rich for ever time I heard “OH its just a bike, it can’t hurt me” Like they are the only ones to get hurt, either. I’ve got to worry about other bikes, cars who don’t obey traffic laws, cars who find it fun to cut off bikers while they are in their rightful place, cars who slam on their horns for blocks when they can’t pass by me or I am not going fast enough in a one lane street. Lets EDUCATE people in the city who utilize bikes first instead of fining them, because a lot of people don’t seem to understand the rules of the road, like don’t bike down the street opposing traffic, and always stay in the right lane… I am a biker complaining about bikers here. NO ONE is truly right but also (hell, I have seen bike cops taking up full lanes of traffic and biking all over a one way street, all in the wrong direction of traffic), no one seems to respect anyone else which isn’t a motorist problem, but a city wide epidemic that seems to effect the manners portion of their brains.

    1. BikeCat says:

      The first sentence should be clearer- I have never seen a motorist pulled over for cellphone use while in the city.

      1. Bob W says:

        You should have used a colon after the word “clearer” instead of a hyphen. Also, your spacing is a bit sloppy.

    2. Wyrdless says:

      “””cars who slam on their horns for blocks when they can’t pass by me””

      No wonder you are getting run off the road, you probably have no respect for cars or other peoples time. I have rarely felt threatened by a car and I bike in Boston frequently for years, becasue I respect the fact that cars are faster except at rush hour and I let them pass. You can also let them pass but you choose not to. That is why you feel threatened by cars.

      Stay safe.

      1. ab says:

        I am refering to side streets, like the ones where you have to drive 3 mph lest you rub the curbs or knock off someones mirrors.

      2. Sean says:

        Stay in Boston, where cars are faster except at rush hour.

    3. JWood says:

      I live in Denmark at the moment. I have yet to see a bicycle rider fail to obey trafic laws here. They signal when they are going to turn (ever seen that in Philly?) and stop at stop signs and lights. When they have to travel on a sidewalk they get off the bike and walk it. We’ll never get to that level in the US.

      1. yunkk says:

        I signal my turns/lane changes/stops (in Philly).

  60. Danforth says:

    Good. Cyclist flat out ignore the laws, unless they feel they are being violated. Ticket them all, maybe they’ll stop riding through crosswalks at red lights. And for the love of god, stop wearing speedos unless you’re a hot chick.

    1. hang up and drive says:

      More traffic laws to make the streets safe, yes. If you don’t think there is a safety issue created by the high percentage of people who don’t pay attention to what they are doing because they are on the phone or texting while driving, then you are clueless. When I see someone doing something idiotic like changing lanes without looking, driving 15 MPH below the speed limit, etc., I always look. And the majority of the time, they have a phone in their hand. You can bet that if I am inured by a driver talking or texting, I am planning to hire the biggest SOB lawyer there is to take that person for EVERYTHING they have and EVERYTHING they ever will have. Of course, I would rather not get injured. That is why they need severe restrictions on using phones while driving.

    2. smart then you says:

      stupid

    3. brett says:

      and what of the pedestrian here who is crossing against a red light?

    4. Bill Brasky says:

      You only looked because you liked what you saw.

  61. Bruce_Almty says:

    Tax Tax Tax… Call it what you like but….. Tax Tax Tax

    1. tax the stupid says:

      I support taxing those who are being unsafe. That reduces the burden on the rest of us that follow the law.

  62. Responsable use of Technology says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this new policy. I have had my car been walked into, 3 TIMES by pedestrians in the last few years or so. I was paying attention to driving and was WALKED INTO! It happened again last Thursday on my drive home!!!! This is not to mention that I have been walked into during my morning Starbucks stop AND once again at work. I will give you all a hint as to what these mindless, inconsiderate fools were doing with their phones. It starts with text and ends with ing, any takers???
    If you really want to blather on texting about unimportant BS I really don’t care. But try not walking around, driving or cycling while you are doing so! Get some freaking common since people! You are putting yourself, but far more importantly, OTHERS in real potential danger. This isn’t a joke or something just to blow off anymore, this is becoming a real problem. I am so glad that Philly is finally waking up to this fact! Unfortunately, observant people have already realized this for years!
    And P.S if you think I’m an old man screaming “you damn kids with your gadgets and Internets” you are DEAD WRONG!!! I am 26 and in fact work for an IT firm in the Philadelphia area.

  63. simon says:

    Philly is a hell hole no matter how they try to giftwrap it..

  64. Devin McKensy says:

    Ticketing pedestrians sounds like a poor idea, but I have to agree about increasing enforcement for both cars and bicycles.

    As a regular pedestrian in the city, I can’t tell you the number of times where I have almost been hit by a car that thinks a red light means hit the gas, by a bicycle going to the wrong way on a one way street, or had some arrogant bicyclist yelling for me to “get out of the f***ing way” so he can proceed unhindered through a crowded sidewalk.

    Both drivers and bicyclists need to understand that the rules of the road apply equally to them and they need to be followed. Maybe a few extra tickets will help get that across to them.

    1. yunkk says:

      Ticketing cyclists sounds like a poor idea, but I have to agree about increasing enforcement for both cars and pedestrians.
      As a regular cyclist in the city, I can’t tell you the number of times where I have almost been hit by a car that thinks a red light means hit the gas, by a pedestrian crossing against a red, or had some arrogant leg walker yelling for me to “get out of the f***ing way” so he can jaywalk unhindered through a busy roadway.
      Both drivers and pedestrians need to understand that the rules of the road apply equally to them and they need to be followed. Maybe a few extra tickets will help get that across to them.

    2. Kevin McDensy says:

      Ticketing motorists sounds like a poor idea, but I have to agree about increasing enforcement for both bikes and pedestrians.
      As a regular motorist in the city, I can’t tell you the number of times where I have almost hit a person that thinks a red light means keep walking, by a bicycle going the wrong way on a one way street, or had some arrogant bicyclist yelling for me to “get out of the f***ing way” so he can jaywalk unhindered through a crowded sidewalk.
      Both bicyclists and pedestrians need to understand that the rules of the road apply equally to them and they need to be followed. Maybe a few extra tickets will help get that across to them.

  65. Common Sense says:

    Well she’s a typical dumocrat with her idea of taxing and imposing fines any which way they can until they fine or tax you for breathing air in their city limits. Pretty weak.

  66. Wyatt says:

    174 (as of today) homicides in this town, and this is what we’re concerned with? Priorities, Mayor Squidward!

  67. phillies 2012 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I have had my car been walked into, 3 TIMES by pedestrians in the last few years or so. I was paying attention to driving and was WALKED INTO! It happened again last Thursday on my drive home!!!! This is not to mention that I have been walked into during my morning Starbucks stop AND once again at work. I will give you all a hint as to what these mindless, inconsiderate fools were doing with their phones. It starts with text and ends with ing, any takers???
    If you really want to blather on texting about unimportant BS I really don’t care. But try not walking around, driving or cycling while you are doing so! Get some freaking common since people! You are putting yourself, but far more importantly, OTHERS in real potential danger. This isn’t a joke or something just to blow off anymore, this is becoming a real problem. I am so glad that Philly is finally waking up to this fact! Unfortunately, observant people have already realized this for years!
    And P.S if you think I’m an old man screaming “you damn kids with your gadgets and Internets” you are DEAD WRONG!!! I am 26 and in fact work for an IT firm in the Philadelphia area.

    1. tom says:

      they should ticket you for being too sensitive and sticking your nose in other peoples business.

    2. Marbran says:

      You mean you work for Geek Squad? Exactly how are folks walking into your car? At a red light? While you are doing 50 in a 25? Tell us more.

      1. Herbert says:

        Marbran sucks.

    3. dunkk says:

      The Phillies suck.

    4. junkk says:

      The Phillies suck.

  68. John says:

    Okay, ticketing bicyclists makes sense. They can hurt a pedestrian if they’re on the sidewalk, but ticketing someone who is texting while walking??? Eh? Who are they going to run over?

    1. richard Allen says:

      John you are clueless…

      Its who car are they going to walk into and whose windshield are they going to smash?

      And the worst offenders are mothers pushing their kid against a don’t walk sign while on the phone….maybe kill a few of them and they will get the message….

      GOOD for Philly….we need our streets safe for drivers…

      1. Jim says:

        Richard,
        You are clueless. Just how far are you willing to let the government go in telling you how to act in life. You idiots need to go back and study history to find just where the current state of control will lead. The support for many of the repressive laws that have come to pass in this country in recent years is a major shock to those of us over 40 or so. Just 1/100th of the government encroachment on freedom that we see today would have sent the public into a major revolt just 30 years ago. The youth have been spoon fed lies and prevented understanding the principles of this country to the point of blind acceptance of anything big brother says. I just want to shake everyone I meet and scream at them to wake them up. They know not what they are being led into. Aaaargh!

      2. SailorV says:

        I completely agree with Jim’s reply to Richard. These do-good feel-good laws will lead to unintended consequences like pushing a baby carriage while talking on the phone.

    2. zombierocket says:

      I’m all for tickets. I had an idiot walk right into me while she was texting and I was carrying hot coffee… burned myself. I was tempted to bust her teeth out. And she never even apologized… I say fine them all!!

      1. bryanabbott says:

        We need to fine these reckless people carrying scalding hot liquid. They’re a danger to their fellow citizens.

      2. Marbran says:

        Oh, so it’s all about you, huh? Did you ever think that accidents just happen sometimes? Maybe you should be mad at the coffee brewer for making it so hot, or maybe at yourself for deciding to walk in the presence of others with a hot beverage. You, sir, should be fined for endangering others! And these fines are really just money grabbing opportunities for the city, preying on the misfortunes of the citizenry. Good day, sir! I said, “Good day!”

  69. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Just another degenerate government run by mentally decrepit parasites that want your wealth and are going to take it anyway they can. When there is nothing left these morons will try and tax your reading.

    —————— http://911essentials.com

  70. Incredulous says:

    I guess the revenue patrols will be out in full force. HEY NUTTER …FU

  71. g says:

    god, im so glad i left this city! btw this is news out here in california. every place i been all people know about philly is how it’s worse than detriot.

  72. PhillyIsALostCause says:

    Yea can’t understand why there are more than 200 murders every year. It’s easy to walk out of a donut shop and ticket a pedestrian then go into the neighborhoods and get the bad guys off the street.

  73. offended says:

    ticketing for head up ass disease, the politicians that thought this up should then be sentenced to life on the electric chair.

  74. tom says:

    Welcome to Philadelphia aka Detroit 2.0. Another liberal sink hole that is trying to save itself by pushing progressive dogma down the throats of the citizens. I guarantee you being fined for texting while walking is a progressive thing. Very soon the Progressives in their visionary approach will restart prohibition. Oh they already started that with smoking cigarettes

    1. James says:

      > Very soon the Progressives in their visionary approach will restart prohibition. Oh they already started that with smoking cigarettes

      Nancy “War On Drugs” Reagan says ‘Hello’!

      1. tom says:

        Pot heads won with it now being available as “medicine”. And since when is smoking pot safer than smoking cigarettes? More progressive dogma. Keep drinking your koolaide, sheep.

    2. Romantic Violence says:

      Yeah in NYC.

  75. thisiscreazy says:

    Because philly has no criminal matters to attend to it must devote it’s resources to “fixing up society.” Thanks philly police for monitoring stopping my bike from being stolen from a legitimate bike rack with “video surveillance.”

  76. Mark says:

    How’s tyranny for change? The country is broke, expect a lot for fines, fees, charges and the TSA searching everyone everywhere.

  77. Tony Zebekis says:

    but its ok to smoke crack or weed and harrass white peopel its ok to drive around with a thumping car stereo
    uts ok to rob people its ok to steal in this devastated third world city philadelphia is a giant toilet

  78. RedBlooded1776 says:

    Thank you, comrade Linda.

    You cannot legislate good behavior. Why is it that the city that hosts the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall is hell-bent on anti-liberty measures? Typical northern city…

    1. Bob W says:

      You’re right about not being able to legislate good behavior unless, of course, we become a police state that has the technology and manpower to enforce the law, ordinances or whatever “rule” an officer says you violated. Buit, no danger of that ever happening in the good old USA, which is a beacon of freedom and democracy for all the world. Everybody wants to come here to live! The Muslims hate us for our freedoms. We’re No. 1.

    2. Finbar O'Shaunnessey says:

      Right! I mean, why should bus drivers have to follow those silly routes anyway? It’s an infringement of their unalienable right to wander!

  79. weakleader.com says:

    pedestrians should be fined for being in Philadelphia.

  80. Linda D Bryant says:

    Pedestrians should also be fined for walking/talking–crossing the street while talking on their cell phones!!!!

    Septa bus drivers, and cops should also be fined for using their cell phones on the job!!!!

    1. MrRee says:

      Don’t forget gum chewers! All that smacking and bubble blowing drives me nuts! Not to mention the mess it leaves on the sidewalk! Ticket the gum chewers! /s

      1. MrRee the Troll says:

        How is chewing gum unsafe? Faiiled agiain TROLL!!!

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