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From 6ABC -
PHILADELPHIA - May 21, 2009 (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Police are on the scene of an accident involving a man and his young son.
The accident occurred around 9:50 this morning on the inbound ramp to Martin Luther King Drive, just before the Benjamin Franklin Parkway merge.
A 29-year-old man and his 4-year-old son were riding their bike, crossing the street in the crosswalk. A vehicle approached, saw the two crossing and stopped. However, a second vehicle behind the first went around the stopped vehicle, hitting the father and son.
The Bicycle Coalition has been very concerned about the road and crosswalk conditions on MLK Drive. We have noted in previous posts (here, here, here and here) that speeding on MLK and Kelly Drives present a danger to bicyclists and pedestrians. BCGP has been working with the Streets Department to add measures to the crossing area and we expect that improvements will begin in a few weeks. Specifically, they will be installing "Yield to pedestrian" signs and will be narrowing the outbound travel lane. They are also planning to install a next generation flashing pedestrian warning beacons at the crossing (the bidding and contract process is expected to take about a year).
However, the real problem is the need to reduce vehicular speeds on MLK Drive. Options include soft rumble strips before the crossing in both lanes, Driver Feedback Signs (Your Speed) on the Drive and Police enforcement of the speed limit.
We hope to work with the city to implement these measures.