RSCA was saddened and distressed to learn of the pedestrian who was hit by a car on January 17, 2017 at Sanders & S. Braddock Avenues. We understand many residents and business owners are concerned about the state of traffic, bicycle & pedestrian safety along South Braddock Avenue, and the RSCA shares in those concerns. We encourage all residents and business owners to contact their local elected officials in Edgewood and Swissvale to express your experiences, concerns and ideas for improving safety along South Braddock Avenue through Regent Square.
From the December 2016 edition of the RSCA Newsletter:
As a result of several serious pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Regent Square in the past ten years, RSCA organized the Traffic, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Committee. The Committee consists of residents from the four municipalities in Regent Square and representatives from local non-profits. The Committee usually meets at 7:00pm on the third Thursday of each month at CLASS (1400 S. Braddock Ave.). If you are planning on attending, please contact us to confirm meeting details.
The current goal of the Committee is to achieve SLOW & STEADY traffic along the S. Braddock Ave. corridor for the benefit of ALL who use the road, while at the same time avoiding inadvertently diverting traffic to residential side streets or negatively impacting the business community.
- City of Pittsburgh prepared a schematic design for improvements to the Forbes, Guthrie, Biddle and Whitney intersections.
- City of Pittsburgh applied to PennDOTs Multimodal Transportation Fund to cover improvements to the above intersections.
- ECS distributed committee-created pedestrian and bicycle safety information to parents.
- Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor organized a meeting with representatives from Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Swissvale, SPC and the Committee to facilitate collaboration and implementation of the desired safety improvements.2015
- SPC carried out a Road Safety Audit (RSA) along S. Braddock Ave. from Meade St. to the Rankin Bridge. The resulting observations resulted in suggestions for safety improvements to the corridor.
- SPC consultant AECOM, met with the committee and the municipalities to review RSA suggestions, obtain feedback and estimate implementation costs.
- The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) proposed an inter-municipal pilot project for the purpose of obtaining funding for safety improvements along the S. Braddock corridor.
- Subsequently, Swissvale and Edgewood jointly applied for SPC’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding to cover the cost of the safety improvements proposed from Hutchinson to the Parkway.
- Port Authority approved adjustments to bus stop locations as per RSA suggestions.
- Committee and community members participated in a survey prioritizing the RSA suggestions. Results were then given to the municipalities.
- Pittsburgh Traffic Engineering Dept. adjusted School Zone signal timing to better coincide with arrival and dismissal times at both Environmental Charter School (ECS) and Shadyside Academy.
- Pittsburgh Dept. of Public Works installed No Parking signs near the ECS north campus to address poor pedestrian crossing visibility.
- Pittsburgh Dept. of Police installed “Your Speed Is” signs in order to evaluate traffic speeds near both ECS campuses.
- PennDOT provided additional “Yield to Pedestrian” paddle signs for ECS
- Pedestrian and bicycle safety information distributed to ECS students
- In 2014, as a result of the Committee’s advocacy work, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) carried out a Road Safety Audit along S. Braddock Ave. from Meade St. to the Rankin Bridge. The resulting observations resulted in suggestions for safety improvements to the corridor.
- The Committee and SPC are now meeting and working with the municipalities along the S. Braddock corridor, PennDOT, Port Authority and local schools to prioritize RSA suggestions, and obtain funds to implement high priority itemsPast Actions summarizes the progress of the committee before 2014.