Mayor’s Office Announces Penn Ave Bike Lane Extension

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Penn Ave Bike Lane to be Extended Two Blocks to Stanwix Street

As promised, the Penn Ave protected bike lane in downtown is inching two blocks closer to Point State Park – from Sixth Street to Stanwix. Installation of the new portion could start as early as tomorrow, Saturday, October 24th (weather permitting)! The Mayor’s office issued the following press release this afternoon:

Bike Lane Installation Scheduled for Penn Avenue Downtown
PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 23, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh Departments of Public Works and City Planning advise that the protected bike lane on Penn Avenue in the Central Business District will be extended two blocks — from 6th Street to Stanwix Street — in conjunction with planned street resurfacing work.

Weather permitting, installation work will begin on Penn Avenue on October 24, 2015 and should take approximately two weeks. A map of the Penn Avenue plans can be found here PDF File.

With the continuation of the Penn Avenue protected bike lane, vehicular traffic will be one-way (westbound) from 31st Street to Stanwix St. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and stay alert for changing traffic patterns.

The Penn Avenue bike lane currently has an average of 860 bike trips per day. As the downtown bike network continues to develop, numbers are expected to rise. Since the installation of the bike lane from 6th Street to 16th Street in the fall of 2014, the city has worked with adjacent stakeholders to make adjustments to the design. This bike lane will eventually take riders all the way to Point State Park and connect into a complete bike network for downtown.

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