The lack of a sidewalk where the crash took place highlights need for a County-wide commitment to zero traffic fatalities
Tragedy struck North Braddock last week when a driver hit and killed a 75-year-old man on Braddock Avenue near O’Connell Boulevard. The crash occurred around 8:15 a.m., and has prompted an investigation by Allegheny County police.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim. And as we await further details from the investigation, we must highlight the importance of road safety and advocate for measures that protect vulnerable road users. We urge citizens to join the call for safer streets and enhanced pedestrian infrastructure– These. Deaths. Are. Avoidable!
Every pedestrian fatality is a stark reminder that the consequences of unsafe road conditions affect not only those directly involved but also the broader community. There is no sidewalk on the side of the street where the victim was struck, which emphasizes a critical safety concern. The absence of pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, coupled with the proximity of parking spaces for tractors and trailers, creates a hazardous environment for those on foot in this area in particular.
Bike Pittsburgh advocates for comprehensive urban planning that prioritizes the safety of all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, and this crash serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for safer streets. We urge County authorities to prioritize pedestrian infrastructure and implement measures that enhance road safety for everyone– we need a County-wide commitment to zero traffic fatalities TODAY. Together, we can work towards preventing these avoidable deaths and creating a city where all residents can move safely and freely.