The City of Brotherly Love doesn't always show a lot of love on the street, especially if you are driving in heavy traffic, which happens a lot in Philadelphia.
The City of Brotherly Love doesn't always show a lot of love on the street, especially if you are driving in heavy traffic, which happens a lot in Philadelphia. The roadways are often packed with locals and some of the millions of tourists who flock to the city to see the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall or just to eat a cheesesteak and take in the cultural opportunities.
Philadelphia is unique not just for its cheesesteak and history, it also has an interesting traffic pattern, with two major interstates bounding it on each side. I-95 on the east is legendary for its 24/7 traffic. It's also the main road to get to a ballgame in Philly, whether you want to take in the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers or Flyers.
On the west side, the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) enables commuters to get out to some of the most pleasant suburbs in the country. It also shuttles north-south travelers up and down the East Coast.
Add downtown streets that take people to tourist sites and you have gridlock at some hours of the day, as people take Market Street to get to Independence National Historical Park or 20th Street to get to the famous Franklin Institute. The multiple bridges over the Delaware River to the east (leading to hundreds of thousands of homes for commuters from New Jersey) and the Schuylkill River to the west simply add to the challenge of driving around Philly.
All of these crowded streets and highways lead to some surprising statistics. If you are driving in Philadelphia, for instance, you are 10 times more likely to be in a car accident than if you were driving in one of Pennsylvania's more rural counties. Philly drivers get into an accident about once every six years, far more frequently than the average American driver, who gets into a wreck only once every 10 years.