After this story's publication, Andrew Stober, of the Philadelphia Office of Transportation and Utilities, clarified that people texting while walking will receive warnings from police officers but won't be fined or ticketed.
To keep its streets safer, Philadelphia expands a program cracking down on certain moving violations by drivers and cyclists, and will caution people who use their cell phones while crossing streets.
Any urbanite knows that directions aren't created equally, especially if you're a cyclist looking to keep your limbs intact while pedaling down dangerous, car-choked streets. Google's new mapping tools for bike-riders lends a hand to two-wheeled riders.
Internet-ready bicycle hooks up riders, works by cell phone.
Next up in his quest to turn "aquatic biking" into a global phenomenon, BayCycle Project founder Judah Schiller will cross the Hudson on a bike fixed to a portable flotation device.
Bicyclists in particular may be attracted to the FlyFit ankle-mounted fitness tracker on Kickstarter.
Adding Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein to the mix, the Web giant boosts mapping data for cyclists.
Cycling in New York can be tough enough, but breaking down there? Brooklyn-based Bikestock hopes 24-hour vending machines, plus local businesses, will add up to the right help for stranded bikers.
Residents of Greece, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Slovenia now can make their own contributions to Google Maps and Google Earth.