Ped Safety in Rosemont and Del Ray

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Page updated on Apr 13, 2016 at 11:57 AM

What's Happening?

On September 3rd, 2015 a pedestrian fatality occurred at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road.  In response, the City has been working with the Police Department and the residents to take a comprehensive look at pedestrian safety in the neighborhood.  A public meeting was held on September 14th where over 100 residents came to speak about safety concerns in the area.  An online form for comments was posted as well.  Based on the feedback from the meeting and from the comments forms, the following concerns have been identified: 

  • Excessive vehicle speeds on Commonwealth and Braddock
  • Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Visibility issues at intersections due to parked vehicles
  • Need for more education and outreach regarding safety and laws
  • The need to prioritize people before cars
  • Install sidewalks
  • Increase enforcement 

For a full list, click to view the Compiled Comments


Response

The City is following up by collecting data and implementing short, as well as long, term improvements in the area.  The City has already implemented the following improvements in the area:

  • Provide a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road to provide pedestrians with more conflict free time to cross the streets
  • Installed curb extensions and new crosswalks to provide shorter and safer crossings on Monroe Avenue
  • Installed pedestrian countdown signals at Commonwealth Avenue and Monroe Avenue
  • No Right on Red turn restrictions approved by the Traffic and Parking Board for installation at the Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road intersection

Additionally, this neighborhood has been included as a Pedestrian Case Study Area in the current update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.  A comprehensive "Vision Zero" program is also recommended in this plan to reduce crashes for all roadway users and include programs to safety on our streets.  


 



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