Fresh Sharrows on Penn Ave in the Strip

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Some shared lane markings, or sharrows, were painted today on Penn Ave in the Strip

City crews were installing sharrows today in the Strip District on Pittsburgh’s most famous street, Penn Avenue.  This is the first of any on-street bicycle marking on the Avenue that runs the length of the City.

workersAs of this post, the sharrows have only been installed from 31st St to 26th St, but the plans call for them all the way to 16th St.  One of the most important functions of this set of markings is to connect Penn Ave with the current bike lanes on Liberty Ave.  Once the Liberty Ave bike lanes end (heading inbound), Liberty Ave gets pretty treacherous with how fast cars tend to travel.  Inbound cyclists can now take a marked route from Liberty Ave in Bloomfield onto 32nd St and then over to Penn Ave through the Strip District.

Sharrows, or shared lane markings, act as much a bicycle facility as an educational tool.  Like the name suggests, the markings designate a “shared lane,” a place where drivers can expect to see cyclists.  It also re-affirms not only our right to the road, but a safer place to ride – outside of the dreaded door zone.

This set of sharrows is the result of a collaboration between Bike Pittsburgh, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Steve Patchan, the Department of City Planning, and the Department of Public Works.  This partnership, known as the Urban Cycling Commitee, has been working on these as well as the other set of bike lanes and sharrows that have been appearing in the past two years.  There are more in the works by the end of the summer.

If you like these types of developments, it is really important to contact the Mayor using his non-emergency response line, better known as 311.  You can call or email your appreciation.  Let him know that you not only approve of, but appreciate this direction that he is taking the City.

Bike lanes and sharrows would not exist without the grassroots efforts of an advocacy group that speaks for cyclists.  So it’s very important show your appreciation for us too!  Come to our BikeFest Kickoff and Fundraiser Party on Friday August 14!  To really show your appreciation, make sure to join us before the main party at the VIP Stimulus Party.

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The route inbound from Bloomfield-Lawrenceville

Not a member of Bike Pittsburgh? Join today! We need you to add your voice! Bike Pittsburgh works to protect cyclist’s rights and promote the vision of making Pittsburgh a safer and more enjoyable place to live and to ride. For more info, check out: www.bike-pgh.org/membership

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