Want to make the Bloomfield Bridge intersection safer? Come dance.
By Christina Howell, Bloomfield Development Corporation
The Crossings: Bloomfield is a pop-up street performance to ignite visibility around mobility and safety of the Liberty Avenue and Main Street intersection at the Bloomfield Bridge. This large and complicated intersection has seen many collisions and close-calls, and residents have repeatedly expressed a need to make it more pedestrian-friendly, particularly for those who may require more time to cross.
This one-hour spectacle will creatively demonstrate the importance of safe, welcoming walkways for everyone by gathering people to cross together carrying signs (“Vulnerable together. Safer together”), dancing to music and dressing in costumes — essentially putting on a show for drivers, residents, government officials and media.
The Crossings is a project of Lively Pittsburgh in partnership with Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, the region’s initiative to create more inclusive, respectful communities for all generations. Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh is made possible through support by the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation and Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging.
While Lively Pittsburgh brought The Crossings to East Liberty and Lawrenceville as one-day events last fall and spring, Bloomfield Livable Streets and Bloomfield Development Corporation are working together over a six-week period to gather data from neighbors and intersection users. This data will inform the community’s vision for improving the accessibility of the intersection. Click here to take the survey.
The goal for The Crossings: Bloomfield is to increase safety and walkability for everyone using the intersection, but particularly for the most vulnerable among us. When a walkway works better for someone using a wheelchair, it also works better for someone pushing a stroller or carrying heavy grocery bags. By expanding the event to include a survey that generates data on the needs of local pedestrians, The Crossings: Bloomfield will shape new private development and future intersection revisions and bring about lasting, tangible improvements in walkability.
Special Instructions: Want to join? Meet in the ShurSave parking lot at the corner of Howley Street and Main Street on Wednesday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. RSVP on this page, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org