Neighbors around Broad between 36th and 32nd have been trying to get Richmond 311 and our City Council to put in some traffic and speed control measures. We’ve yet to see much progress. The stretch on E. Broad between 36th and 32nd is increasingly dangerous to scores of children, pedestrians, and bikers attempting to cross into Chimborazo Park. There are no crosswalks after 32nd St., which leaves walkers and riders vulnerable, especially from 33rd-36th Streets and around the blind curve into Government Road. As you probably know, vehicles whip around Government Rd. and onto E. Broad St. with such speed and frequency, that Richmond Police regularly post a cruiser at that Chimborazo Park entrance as a deterrent. The stop sign at that corner was knocked over recently and has yet to be repaired.[sep] We have discussed a few times over the years about the lack of complete streets in the East End area. Several blocks don’t have sidewalks. And while there’s been progress, it’s slow. Chimborazo Park is a well attended area and ultimately, more than a crosswalk would be ideal. Crosswalk markings alone are unlikely to benefit pedestrian safety since they should be used in conjunction with other measures. Ultimately, this is an issue for the neighborhood as the East End becomes more popular (and populated).
Gill F. writes: