East Liberty Blvd goes on a Road Diet, gets new Bike Lanes!

East Liberty Blvd undergoes a safety improving “road diet.” This is in front of Peabody High School

A pretty dramatic change happened on East Liberty Blvd (ELB) this weekend. Not only did it get a much needed paving, but a new bike lane went in, replacing a “regular” lane of traffic. Bike Pittsburgh worked with the City and East Liberty Development, Inc to create this much needed improvement. This “road diet” has the added benefit of slowing down traffic on this previously fast-paced road. Slowing traffic is especially important here because ELB passes in front of Peabody High School at Highland Ave. Basically, this once four lane road no longer needed two car lanes in each direction for the amount of traffic that it currently carries. In many cases, like this one, when there were two lanes in each direction, with very few other cars on it, it gave the impression that the road could be treated like a highway. With the added improvements, it brings the road back to the neighborhood level, reducing speeds along the way.

This 1.5 mile stretch of road connects Negley Ave to Frankstown Ave and Hamilton Ave, providing a great alternative to the dense and narrow Penn Ave. Frankstown and Hamilton continue toward Homewood, Point Breeze, Frick Park, and Wilkinsburg while you can take Negley to Friendship for a great connection to Bloomfield and Lawrenceville, avoiding Penn altogether.

The wide lane also makes this a “trailer safe” riding area if you need to cart kids towards Frick Park.

We applaud the city’s lead on our first road diet and look forward to working with them on future diets.

Send some thanks!

Some thanks are in order, so send them to show your appreciation for these safety improvements.

East Liberty Development, Inc
Call or write 311
The City of Pittsburgh Bike/ped coordinator, Stephen Patchan
City of Pittsburgh’s Dept of City Planning and Public Works

Let’s celebrate!

We’re going to co-celebrate this remarkable achievement with the celebration of the launch of our 2009 Bike Map.

What: Bike Pittsburgh 2009 Map Launch and East Liberty Blvd Celebration Party
Music, food, art and good company.
We’ll provide snacks and beer from the East End Brewing Company (the official beer of Bike PGH)
Where: deepLocal’s Office in East Liberty: 6101 Penn Ave suite 602 (sixth floor), corner of Penn Ave and Sheridan Ave
When: Thursday, October 16, 2008 7pm-10pm (we’ll be going to Kelly’s afterward to hang out)


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