General Information & Overview
Frequently Asked Questions
General Information & Overview
Dormont is often referred to as a “walking community,” because of its dense streets and vibrant business district which are accessible from all parts of the Borough. The Borough prides itself on its extensive outdoor recreation areas, including Dormont Park, Beggs Snyder Park, and the Dormont pool.
But we also know that we have a long way to go to be sure that all residents have access to spaces to safely walk, bike, scoot, move and play near their homes.
Dormont Shared Streets is a program that aims to provide more spaces like these right outside our doors! A Shared Street discourages through traffic, and encourages lower, extra cautious driving speeds. The goal is to reduce and slow traffic to leave more room for the street to be used for healthy play, exercise and movement. A Shared Street is defined as one block of a street.
The Borough of Dormont strives to give its residents more options for safe transit to our parks and business district and more space to play and exercise closer to their homes through a permitting process to volunteer residential Block Captains.
Residents interested in being a Block Captain for a Shared Street must first submit an application demonstrating that the suggested street would benefit from this program. The application must demonstrate that:
1) The street is eligible as a Shared Street
2) There is adequate support from neighboring residents
3) Signs and traffic devices will be properly monitored and maintained;
4) It meets priority criteria.
Who Can Apply?
Applicants (Block Captain) must be a resident of the street. A group of residents may apply for a block to be designated as Shared Streets, but one resident must reside on each street block. There is no application fee.
Criteria Checklist – to be considered for the Shared Street program, a street block must:
– Have low car traffic volume
– Have topography that lends itself to activity and allows for a clear view between pedestrians and drivers
– Not be a permanent transit route (Port Authority or school buses), designated emergency route or street in the business district
After meeting these initial eligibility requirements, the applicant must have the support of at least 25% of residents of the street.
Preference will be given to streets that meet one or more of the priority criteria below:
- Street blocks with support of neighbors on surrounding streets (above and beyond the 50% resident requirement)
- Street blocks leading to recreational areas (parks, pool, etc), other open spaces, municipality building, or local businesses
- Street blocks that create space for activity in areas that have less access to parks
- Street blocks that help create a network of Shared Streets
- Street blocks that lack sidewalks
- Street blocks that will not negatively impact traffic and safety on neighboring streets
- Connects to a potential route in the Pittsburgh Bike(+) Plan
What Happens if a Street is Approved?
The applicant (Block Captain) will be given a Shared Street Block Captain kit. The Block Captain will monitor and maintain signs and traffic devices for the designated Shared Street. A Shared Street sign will be provided by the Borough that will indicate that the street is a Shared Street and encourage car traffic to share the street with pedestrian and non-motor vehicles. The Borough will mark on the road where signs and traffic devices shall be placed at all times. It is the responsibility of the Block Captain to ensure signs are in safe condition and in their designated locations EVERY DAY. Issues should be reported to Borough Manager Ben Estell. Failed monitoring and maintenance will result in revocation of the Shared Street designation. The Block Captain is also expected to help educate the residents on the street and gather feedback from them.
Cancellation of a Shared Street
If at any time, the Borough of Dormont deems that the designated Shared Street is not producing the intended result, it may be cancelled, without notice, and the street will be returned to prior operation.
Application Processing Outline
The steps below describe the typical review process
1. Initial Application: Applications will be accepted for the duration of the program. Applications must be submitted through the online application at a dedicated page on the Borough website (include address when created).
2. Review and Selection: The review and approval process includes:
a. Technical review: The Borough Manager, in cooperation with Chief Bisignani, Chief Davis and Engineer Wayne McVicar, will review the street for eligibility using available street classifications, draft or adopted plans, available data, and field visits if necessary.
b. Qualitative review: The Borough Manager will review application submission for capacity to post and maintain signage and barriers and the location’s alignment with articulated preferences and priorities.
c. Neighbor Support: After the street is determined to have met the basic criteria, the applicant must supply signatures of at least 25% of residents on the street to complete the application.
3) Installation: After the technical and qualitative reviews are completed and support signatures are submitted, Dormont’s Public Works department will provide signage and materials for posting signage when available and mark appropriate locations on the street for placement.
4) Re-Evaluation: The program as a whole and designated Shared Streets will be re-evaluated periodically to determine if they are meeting the objectives set forth by the program. The Shared Street will maintain its status until November 1 of the application year. Block Captains must reapply in subsequent years to renew the Shared Street status. Re-evaluation can be at the request of Council or the Mayor at any time during the program. Feedback from residents, police reports, traffic data, and other sources of data will be taken into consideration during the re-evaluation process.