PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Every pedestrian is important to someone.

Please WATCH FOR EACH OTHER.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Be a good neighbor.

This walker does not have a safe landing.  Help create a place for him to jump off the road by cutting back vegetation.

This walker does not have a safe landing.  Help create a place for him to jump off the road by cutting back vegetation.

Vegetation control for safety.  

Please support our initiative to make Penn Valley more safe for all road users: 

  • Proactively cut back or re-landscape vegetation on your property, especially around corners, blind spots and within the right-of-way.  Busses and cars have trouble seeing around some corners in the area, making it dangerous for all road users. 
  • Create safe landings for walkers on the edge of your property where they can jump out of the way of traffic if necessary.
  • Cut back vegetation around bus stop signs, speed limit signs and other important signage.  If you have oversized shrubs growing around these, consider regular pruning or re-landscaping of the area.

slow down and stop for pedestrians  

  • Slow down while driving and observe traffic signs and speed limits.  Set the example.  We have more cars on our roads than ever before.  Anticipate pedestrians and cyclists at all times to avoid accidents.  Remember that some of our neighbors bike to work or walk to school.
  • Stop for children to cross intersections.  Did you know that every intersection is considered a crosswalk even if no markings are painted on the ground?  Please give pedestrians the right of way.  Every walker and cyclist represents one car off the road and less traffic congestion for all of us.  Let's support them and better our community!

Cyclists

  • Remember to wear your high visibility clothing/gear.  It's hard to see at night and in the shadows of our big trees.  Help us keep you safe by wearing reflective jackets, reflective ankle bands, backpack flashers etc.  Parents, please insist that your children wear these items, regardless of age.

Thank you for helping to improve visibility and avoid accidents for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and busses.  Thank you for helping to make PV safer for all road users!

New edge line striping along Hagys Ford Road  installed in July 2016 creates a margin of safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Thank you for slowing down while driving in Penn Valley!

New edge line striping along Hagys Ford Road  installed in July 2016 creates a margin of safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Thank you for slowing down while driving in Penn Valley!

 

New pedestrian safety improvements in penn valley

Over the past year, a dedicated and novel working group of PV Civic officers and staff from LM Township and LM School District met three times in problem solving sessions to negotiate pedestrian improvements along Hagys Ford Road.  We’re thrilled with the resulting edge line striping that creates designated parking space for residents and visitors of Penn Valley Elementary School (PVE) as well as an improved margin of safety for pedestrians and cyclists between PVE and Welsh Valley Middle School.  Other new improvements include stop bars at Old Gulph Road and Hagys Ford Road, a center of road crosswalk placard at Ardleigh and Margo Lane, freshly painted crosswalks, and a new high visibility traffic sign on Margo Lane at Stacey Road.  Forthcoming improvements provided by the LMSD will include an expanded school zone around PVE to include the intersection of Hagys Ford and Righters Mill.  Special thanks to Chris Leswing, Carissa Hazelton, Harry Wilson, Dennis Witt, Pat Guinnane, Officer Michael Sullivan, Sergeant Robert Ruggiero and Commissioner Dan Bernheim for their engagement.  Civic officers on the working group team were Michelle Detwiler, Jen Kelly and Kris Prendergast.

New high visibility sign installed by Lower Merion School District at our request.  It sits at the corner of Margo Lane and Stacey Road and alerts drivers to the possibility of children walking and the approaching elementary school. Please remember that Margo Lane is 1-way from Ardleigh to Righters Mill Road during the school year, 8:30am-9:00am and 3:30pm-4:00pm to allow for orderly and safe pick-up and drop-off.

New high visibility sign installed by Lower Merion School District at our request.  It sits at the corner of Margo Lane and Stacey Road and alerts drivers to the possibility of children walking and the approaching elementary school. Please remember that Margo Lane is 1-way from Ardleigh to Righters Mill Road during the school year, 8:30am-9:00am and 3:30pm-4:00pm to allow for orderly and safe pick-up and drop-off.

Hagys Ford Road requested pedestrian crossings

"hagys Ford corridor"

With input from the PVCA Pedestrian Safety Committee formed in October 2015, Civic officers crafted a position paper asking for pedestrian safety improvements from Montgomery Avenue to Hollow Road along Old Gulph and Hagys Ford Road.  We asked for new crosswalks and other traffic calming measures that we thought would improve safety for all road users and help to safely link our community to bus stops and the PV business district along Montgomery.  Our interests are aligned with the Circulation Element of the Township's new Comprehensive Plan.  Many improvements were not possible due to the design of certain intersections or policy requirements.  New crosswalks in LMTS for example now require ADA compliant curb cuts, a sizable expense over simply painting crosswalk markings.  Lowered speed limits were not possible due to police officer concerns about compliance and human behavior.  New edge line striping that you now see along the Corridor came out of our problem solving sessions with the working group.