Should I wear this costume?
Braddock Avenue is notoriously difficult to cross as a pedestrian. With no stop signs or traffic lights for almost a half a mile between Forbes and Penn Avenues, traffic often exceeds the 25 mph speed limit. Park Place residents often say that they love living here because of Frick Park – but most of us have to cross Braddock Avenue to get there. We also have two schools on that stretch of road. A few months ago, I walked up the street with fellow board member Greg Barnhisel and we took notes of all the problems…lack of yellow paint or signs to indicate no parking, paint wearing down on crosswalks in the street, and lack of signage to indicate a crossing were just some of the problems we noted. We think two big things need to happen. First, the City of Pittsburgh needs to repaint and fix signs. Second, drivers need to become more aware that Braddock Avenue is very much a multimodal roadway, and to be on the lookout for pedestrians on cyclists.
With that in mind, we want to invite you to come out on Friday October 25, 2013 for our Costumes in Crosswalks event.
How it works:
1. Sign up to sponsor a crosswalk. (Sign up online here, or at the Freys, 121 South Braddock – clipboard is on the porch.)
2. Invite your neighbors to join you (the more the merrier!)
3. Make a sign or get a costume. (Signs could say things like: “Kids live here.” “I walk my dog here.” “This is the safest place for me to cross into Frick Park.” ”Slow down!” Etc.)
4. Show up at your crosswalk on Friday October 25 between the hours of 4 and 6, and cross back and forth for as long as you are able to stay. (Be safe and legal. Wait until a car yields to you. Don’t block traffic.)
5. At 6:15, we’ll stage a mass crossing at Penn and Braddock and then gather at the Freys for cider and pizza.
This will be a great way to draw the City’s attention to our poorly painted crosswalks! It’s also a fun way to remind the many people who pass through our neighborhood daily that pedestrians are often looking to cross the street, and have a really hard time doing it safely. I hope to see you there, neighbors!