July 2012

Philadelphia and Town Watch30 Jul 2012 09:58 pm

Information from the Philadelphia Police Department 3rd District

Officers will be warning Bicyclist until Labor Day then Traffic Citations will be issued to violators.  

  • Under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, a bicycle being ridden on the street IS considered a vehicle, and as such riders are subject to the same “rules of the road” as any other motorist.
  •  Not only are riders expected to follow the provisions of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code when riding their bicycle on the highway (such as stopping at stop signs and red signals, riding the correct way on one way streets, yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk and even speed restrictions), riders are subject to the same penalties as motorists. Police Officers CAN issue traffic violations to riders who are observed breaking the law.
  •  Riders CAN face the same civil penalties as a motorist if their actions result in an accident or injury.
  •  Riders also CAN face the same criminal penalties as a motorist! Not only does this include possible charges if their actions result in property damage or injury to another, this also includes D.U.I. If an Officer determines a rider is operating a bicycle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, they CAN be arrested and charged with D.U.I. under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.
  •  Riders are expected to utilize the roadway and follow traffic patterns like any other vehicle, however the City of Philadelphia has enacted a special ordinance designed to protect pedestrians on the sidewalk. It states that “no person 12 years of age or more shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district.” It also states “whenever any person is riding on the sidewalk” (after exiting the roadway and reaching your destination) “such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.” A Police Officer CAN issue a traffic violation with a fine of $55.50 to riders observed violating this ordinance.


Philadelphia Police Department Warning (example)

This warning has been issued to you for the violation as shown below.

It has been issued at the officer’s discretion as a courtesy in lieu of a

Summons to court. Your future compliance with state law is requested.

DATE                          LOCATION



DOB                                   TELEPHONE NUMBER


*Failure to wear helmet MVC 3510

*Failure to ride on proper side of road MVC 3505

*Disregard stop sign MVC 3501

*Disregard traffic light MVC 3501

*Bicycle not equipped with proper equipment MVC 3507

*Reflector and/or lights MVC 3507.a

*Audible Signal Device MVC 3507.b

*Brakes MVC 3507.c

OFFICER             BADGE                    POLICE DISTRICT

Pennsylvania law requires all children under the age of 12 to wear an

ANSI or SNELL, ASTM, CPSC approved bicycle helmet when operating,

or riding a passenger, on a bicycle, tricycle or other pedal cycle.



Town Watch18 Jul 2012 11:27 am

Information from the Philadelphia Police Department 3rd District


Don’t let thieves spoil your summer vacation! While you’re away, your homes and vehicles may be vulnerable to burglary, theft or vandalism- take steps to protect your home and vehicle before you leave!

Tips to Protect Your Home

  • Always secure your windows and doors while you are away, even if only for a few minutes but especially for long periods of time and at night. Pay particular attention to ground floor and out of sight (such as rear or side) entrance ways.
  • Consider the use of security or motion lighting, especially near out of sight entrance ways. Also, consider trimming shrubbery near windows and doors which thieves may use to conceal themselves.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure it is armed and your monitoring company has updated emergency contact information. If you are allowing anyone to be inside while you are away, be sure to provide them a temporary code and notify your monitoring company who has permission in case police are inadvertently called.
  • Even if you don’t have an alarm system, stickers and signs can be purchased and placed in visible locations around your property which imply you do and may deter thieves. The same goes for a “beware of dog” sign.
  • Bring all valuables (such as your grill, bicycles or metal benches) inside if possible. If not, secure them with case-hardened chains and locks. Transparent, shatter-proof film can be purchased and placed on vulnerable windows.
  • Remove window air-conditioning units, which can be easily removed for theft or to gain access inside, whenever possible. Also, secure any ladders and remove objects from under windows on which thieves could stand on to climb inside. Remove any items that can be opportunistically used to break windows or locks (like tools or even large rocks) from your yard and around your home.
  • Don’t leave valuables, credit card, car keys or cash in open spaces when you plan to be out, take steps to move them to a secure location in case a thief does get into your home.
  • Ask someone you trust to collect your papers, packages and mail or have them held at the post office while you’re away. When mail piles up not only does it become a target for theft, but it lets thieves know no one has been home for a while. Also, consider the use of automatic timed lighting devices both inside and outside of your home while you are away.
  • Record the serial numbers of all of your valuable electronics and keep it in a safe place, it may help Police to trace and track them if stolen.
  • Notify your local police station that you will be away so periodic checks can be made on your property. Make sure you provide emergency contact information and a list of anyone who is allowed to be on or in your property while you’re away.

Tips to Protect Your Vehicle

  • Always attempt to park in well lit, well-populated areas whenever possible, especially when leaving your vehicle for long periods of time.
  • Always be sure your windows are up and doors are locked when leaving your vehicle unattended, even if only for a few minutes-but especially if for long periods of time.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view. If possible, place items in a secure area (like the trunk or a locked compartment) or take them with you.
  • Thieves will often break into a vehicle even if it appears there may be items of value inside. Remove docking stations for your GPS or music devices from the windshield when not in use, and be sure to wipe the suction cup “ring” from the window.
  • Keep your vehicle washed and clean. Vehicles that appear overly dirty and neglected, especially those that have been parked in the same place for an extended period of time, give the impression that an owner rarely checks on the vehicle and it may be an easy target for theft, vandalism or even unwarranted towing.
  • Never leave spare keys for your vehicle or home inside of your vehicle. Spare keys enable thieves’ access to steal your vehicle, and access to your home as well. Consider keeping your paperwork in your wallet instead of your glove-box- these items have your home address on them.


The best thing you can do to prevent crime is be neighborly. Alert those you trust when you will be away, and ask them to keep an eye on your property and vehicle while you’re gone. Return the favor when your neighbors are away!

Zoning10 Jul 2012 10:22 pm

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its July meeting. Results are below.

1537 S. 11th Street (Fond restaurant re-location) Unanimous Non-Opposition. Philly Zoning Board hearing date 7/18/12 2:00 p.m.

1123 Titan Street (Legalization of additions) Unanimous Non-Opposition. Philly Zoning Board hearing date 8/1/12 (time TBD)

1509-13 E. Passyunk Ave. (Sweat Gym legalization of chiropractic office floor change) Unanimous Non-Opposition. Philly Zoning Board hearing date 7/24/12 2:00 p.m.

1519 S. 7th Street (Daycare/after school program) 6 Non-Opposition; 1 Opposition. Philly Zoning Board hearing date 8/21/12 9:30 a.m.

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