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South Braddock Ave. Traffic, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety – Jan. 2013 to present - As a result of several pedestrian and bicycle accidents on or very near S. Braddock Ave. in the past ten years, and more recently in late 2012, the Regent Square Civic Association (RSCA) organized the S. Braddock Ave. Traffic, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Committee and invited interested residents and business owners to participate as well as members of the adjacent Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association. The Committee consists of members from both organizations, residents representing the four municipalities in Regent Square and members from local non-profits. The Committee meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month. Its over-arching goal is to achieve “SLOW & STEADY” traffic along the entire S. Braddock Ave. corridor for the benefit of ALL who use the road and to avoid inadvertently diverting traffic to the side streets or negatively impacting the business community.

         Goals:

  • 1. Develop short- and long-term action plans for improving pedestrian, traffic & bicycle safety along S. Braddock Ave. Corridor (Penn Ave. to Parkwy),
  • 2. Work with the adjacent neighborhood group (Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association) and BikePgh to reach common goals and implement plans,
  • 3. Work collaboratively with our four municipalities and their elected officials to institute plans,
  • 4. Educate residents about traffic, bicycle & pedestrian safety, and
  • 5. Communicate with residents and business owners via RSCA publications as to plans and progress being made.

    Actions to date:

  • Community meeting (Jan. 23rd ) & email request for community input
  • Monthly Committee planning meetings (Feb. 2013 – present)
  • Collaborations with Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association & Bike Pgh
  • Informational letters to Edg, Sws, & Wlk council presidents & Pgh Councilmen, plus other interested individuals/agencies (Feb. 26th, March 13th, Marc. 28th)
  • Informal Residents Roadway Survey of existing and potential items that impact traffic and pedestrian safety from Penn to the Parkway – e.g. signage, visibility, line painting, lighting, usage, etc. (Mar. 2)
  • Acquisition of 8 PennDOT Yield-to-Pedestrian road signs for crosswalks near Environmental Charter School’s Regent Square & Park Place buildings (March 22nd )
  • Pedestrian/traffic safety education articles & committee updates in bi-monthly RSCA Newsletters (March - present)
  • Meeting with representatives from the four municipalities (Edg, Pgh, Sws, & Wlk) to present findings, identify items that can easily be put in place immediately, and come up with longer term initiatives (April 11th )
  • New, better located “No Left Turn” and “No U Turn” signs for in-bound Parkway ramp area provided by PennDOT (May)
  • Meeting with City of Pittsburgh Traffic Engineer Amanda Broadwater to discuss the possibility of installing bulb-outs ad key intersections on S. Braddock Ave. (May)
  • Repainting of crosswalk zebra stripes at Forbes and Henrietta intersection by City of Pittsburgh (May)
  • Repainting of yellow curbs at corner with Overton and new 25 mph sign nearby by Wilkinsburg (May)
  • Additional traffic details by Edgewood Police near Parkway on-ramp to curb illegal turns
  • Installation of a bike lane and “sharrows” by City of Pittsburgh on S. Braddock between Penn and Forbes (July 30th)
  • Meeting with SPC’s Domenic D’Andrea on potential updating of traffic signals via the SINC and SINC-UP programs (Aug 8th)
  • Formal request to all four municipalities asking them to apply to SINC-UP program (Aug. 10th)
  • Formal request to the City of Pittsburgh to install bulb-outs at Biddle, Guthrie, Henrietta and Kensington (Aug. 10th)
  • Conversations with Environmental Charter School regarding collaborating to acquire “Your Speed Is” sign for Park Place campus (July & Aug.)
  • Discussions with SPC’s Doug Smith regarding the possibility of the four municipalities applying for a Roadway Safety Audit for entire S. Braddock Ave. corridor (Sept.)

    Future Actions:

  • Update Informal Residents Roadway Survey to reflect actions taken by the municipalities to date; submit updated survey to all four municipalities
  • Meet with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy re. shared interest in pedestrian and bicycle safety near Forbes, Guthrie, Biddle and Allenby intersections
  • Continue to inform residents about safety initiatives for the Corridor
  • Continue to lobby City of Pittsburgh to install bulb-outs at identified intersections
  • Continue to work with municipalities to apply to SPC’s SINC-UP for next funding cycle

Gas Pipeline Replacements – Summer and Fall 2012 - Peoples Natural Gas will be replacing pipelines in Regent Square in late summer. Construction activity will begin in the third quarter of 2012. More details are available here

Sunoco/GetGo Site Redevelopment – Fall 2011 to present - After 25 years of service in Regent Square, the owner of the independent Sunoco station at the corner of Braddock and Hutchinson sold the property to Giant Eagle Corporation for the establishment of a GetGo station. Giant Eagle is only rebranding and reimaging the station for the time being, once it has been open for a while, the company will re-assess the site and decide whether and how to reconfigure it.

In its effort to maintain the small-town character of the Regent Square neighborhood and its business district, the RSCA convened a group of interested residents in October 2011 to develop a wish list and vision for the future of the site (click here to see document). In January 2012, the group met with Giant Eagle representatives to share the resulting document (click here to see the minutes from this meeting). The RSCA has also asked Edgewood Council for a meeting to share this document. In addition, the RSCA has been making every effort to communicate the latest information on the site's redevelopment to the community via its newsletter and a project-specific email list. Residents can send an email to contact@regentsquare-RSCA.org to get on this list.

The RSCA will continue to be involved and to communicate any new developments. To express their questions and opinions to their elected officials and have them become part of the public record, residents should attend Edgewood Borough Council meetings which take place on the first and third Mondays of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building.

Biddle Building Rain Garden – Fall 2011 - A rain garden is a simple form of green infrastructure that directs rainwater from the roof of the building into an area planted with native plants. Designed to absorb excess stormwater, rain gardens are a beautiful, simple, and cost effective way to reduce the negative effects of runoff into the area’s Nine Mile Run. On September 24, 2011, area volunteers added a rain garden to the front of the Biddle Building on S. Braddock Avenue in Regent Square. The project was a joint effort of the Regent Square Civic Association, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Three Rivers Wet Weather, and the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works provided additional support for the project. To help in keeping the garden flourishing, contact redclayfrick@gmail.com

Link to Post Gazette article:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/walkabout-rain-gardens-grow-as-a-smarter-way-to-circulate-water-314528/.

Business District Tree Planting – Spring 2011 to present - The RSCA Tree Committee in collaboration with TreePittsburgh and the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association is currently working towards a mass replanting of dead and ailing trees and a planting of additional trees in and next to the Regent Square business district. This effort would be part of the state-wide TreeVitalize program which is working in partnership with community groups, non-profits, and municipal agencies to plant 20,000 trees by 2012 throughout the Pittsburgh region in order to improve quality of life and the environment. In September 2011, the Committee will file an application for the first 10 trees, with a second application in Spring 2012 for the remaining 30+ trees. Other accompanying improvements for the Business District are still in the planning stage. In June of 2011, Committee persons invited Braddock Ave. business and property owners to a brunch-time presentation on this effort. You can see a summary of the discussion by clicking here. A site plan is available here.

Holiday Tree Lighting – December 2007 to present - In 2007, the RSCA Business Networking Group started a new tradition during the holiday season: lighting the trees in the main portion of the Braddock Avenue business corridor. The lights are set stay on from late-November thru early April to brighten those dark winter nights and bring attention to the business corridor.

The RSCA wants to thank the following businesses that have sent in contributions for the 2011/2012 lights as of December 9th:

Many businesses also decorate their storefronts for the holidays, making the business district even more cheerful. Special thanks also go out to them.

Additional funds will be needed to reinstall and take down lights each year, as well as replace any broken lights. To make a contribution to this effort, please send a check to: RSCA Lights, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 (payable to RSCA – Lights). Donors’ names will be added to the list above.

Tree Planting – Fall 2005 to present - In Fall 2007, the RSCA Tree Committee completed a project to beautify Braddock Avenue by planting trees. This effort will also work to slow traffic on this busy street by creating a "green tunnel" effect and by reinforcing the impression that this is a neighborhood where people live. To date, they have planted 38 trees and 500 daffodil bulbs. They also pruned and mulched trees in the Business District. The Tree Committee will continue to monitor and prune these trees over the next several years, and will do more planting as funds become available.

Braddock Ave. Design Charrette – November 5, 2005 - As an intiative of the RSCA Business Networking Group, business owners, residents and friends of Regent Square and the RSCA spent six hours indoors on a beautiful fall Saturday to brainstorm ideas for highlighting, improving and supporting the local business district. Ideas were plentiful and positive energy was at an all time high. The result: a vision for the community to gather behind and a prioritized list of initiatives that ranged from simple and inexpensive which could be started immediately to those requiring much more work, dedication, money and patience.

To see a summary of these initiatives, click here.

A special thanks to all who helped to organize it and donated to it - it could not have happened without them!

  • Cathy Brennan - A Capella Marketing
  • Kitty Brunkhorst - Microtime 2
  • Kathy Cauley - Murphy’s Tap Room & Katerbean
  • Joe Cooper-Silvis - The Think Tank
  • Kent Edwards - Perkins Eastman Architects
  • David Green - Sweetie Sweetie Bakery
  • Ken Kuligowski & Jack Williams - Perkins Eastman Architects
  • Marjorie Landale - The Map Room
  • Kathy & Todd Meyers - Meyers Properties
  • Warwick Powell - Interlink Management
  • Maureen States - Neighborhood Realty Services
And, thank you to the 30+ participants. There could not have been a more creative bunch!

South Braddock Study - The RSCA acquired a grant to have Vollmer Associates conduct a Strategic Improvement Study that focused on traffic congestion, parking, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and zoning, as well as streetscape and façade improvements. A public kick-off meeting was held on September 23, 2002 to identify in more detail the key issues and concerns of both residents and businesses. After meetings with the RSCA Steering Committee, Vollmer presented preliminary recommendations on the above issues at another public meeting on November 7, 2002. Final recommendations were made public on December 2, 2002 and a final report was presented to the RSCA on January 7, 2003.

The S. Braddock Committee is diligently working with local municipalities and the county to see how we can make these improvements a reality. Join the committee! Email contact@regentsquare-RSCA.org.

More information on the Vollmer Study is available by clicking here.

S. Braddock Avenue Committee - The S. Braddock Avenue Committee is working hard to develop a comprehensive plan for S. Braddock Avenue that will serve Regent Square well in the years to come.

The Braddock Avenue Improvement Committee has met many times since 2004 and reviewed all of the residents' concerns and suggestions from the February Town Meeting surveys, e-mails, and meetings. Committee members are investigating the feasibility of some of the recommendations. The myriad of suggestions will be categorized and grouped into short and long-term possibilities and will be combined with the Vollmer recommendations.

Keep your eyes and ears open for updates and calls for volunteers (we will surely need you)! Thank you all for your input, feedback and remarkably creative ideas. If you have other thoughts, please e-mail them to contact@regentsquare-RSCA.org

To read the latest activities of the S. Braddock Avenue Committee, check out the RSCA Newsletters online at http://www.regentsquare-RSCA.org/newsletter.htm

Notes About Pedestrian Safety - Understand Pennsylvania law about pedestrians in crosswalks:

  • - "When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing within any marked crosswalk or within any un-marked crosswalk at an intersection."
  • - No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute a hazard.
  • - Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a crosswalk at an inter-section or any marked crosswalk shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway."

Beautification - From flower planting to decisions about where to plant trees donated by the various municipalities, the RSCA is dedicated to continued beautification of our already lovely neighborhood.

Join the RSCA Neighborhood Beautification committee. Or join volunteers as they plant flowers each year (email contact@regentsquare-RSCA.org for more information).

Parkway Clean-up - A diligent group of volunteers meets on a Saturday morning four times throughout each year -- March, June, September, and November -- to pick up around and clean up the Parkway Ramp entrances and exits to and from Regent Square.

Make Regent Square's "first impression" a good, clean one! Contact Barbara Peterson at babs@libcom.com and join the crew.

Town Meeting: Safety & S. Braddock Avenue, February 19, 2004 - In response to citizen calls about the fatalities and accidents on S. Braddock Avenue, RSCA President Arch Pelley moderated a discussion at the regular RSCA February meeting on 2-Feb-2004 to collect preliminary citizen input. Over 50 residents attended the meeting to voice their concern. To facilitate direct citizen input about these vital safety issues to all relevant governing bodies, the RSCA moved quickly to organize a Town Meeting that would focus solely on the traffic issues of the South Braddock Corridor and allow residents to voice concerns about recent events directly to local, county and state officials.

RSCA then organized a Town Meeting that was held on 19-Feb-2004 at 7PM at the Center for Creative Play. Government officials were present from the four municipalities of Regent Square, along with Port Authority Transit, County and State officials. The February 19th meeting had over 250 residents participating in an active and well moderated discussion. Click here to read about the meeting and its results as reported in the February/March 2004 RSCA Regent Square Newsletter.

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