Support Safer Streets in East Kensington (Frankford Ave.)
Improving the safety and accessibility of our neighborhood streets is important to the East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) and we are asking for your help concerning the intersections of Frankford Avenue and Hagert & Frankford and Sergeant. Over the past year we have heard from neighbors and business owners regarding their concerns for these two intersections.
Hagert Street at Frankford is a highly trafficked crossing, which currently has neither a stop sign nor crosswalk. During the school year a crossing guard is stationed here taking great risk to help pedestrians to navigate the intersection. It is EKNA’s contention that this intersection is in immediate need of a safe crossing route.
The intersection of Frankford and Sargeant also lacks either a crosswalk or stop sign, while at the same time being highly trafficked and containing a bus stop. In addition the intersection requires pedestrians and cross traffic to deal with an awkward slip lane which cuts Amber Street through the busy intersection.
Countless accidents have been documented and nearby neighbors and business owners have spoken to EKNA about the need for change. Currently the Streets Department of Philadelphia has placed these two intersections onto their list of “Areas for Traffic study,” which labels them as places of potential issue, but does set any deadline for action. We believe based on neighbor accounts and foot traffic in this rapidly developing area that the intersections should be given serious and expedient attention.
Please sign this to show support as we ask Councilperson Mark Squilla and the Streets Department to prioritize these two intersections and their case for stop signs and crosswalks. With Philadelphians home now more than ever our streets must be safe for adults, children and people of all abilities.