May 17: Attend This Public Meeting on City’s Shadyside Traffic Calming Proposal

What is the future of biking in Shadyside?

The Ellsworth Corridor has long been an important route for people on bikes, ranking high in the city’s annual bike count. Sandwiched between the heavily car oriented Fifth Ave and Baum/Centre, it provides one of the better bicycling options for an east-west connection between Oakland, the Junction Hollow Trail, and points east.

However, Ellsworth itself, while the most direct, intuitive and ridden, is narrow, with sporadic parking patterns that force bikes into and out of traffic, creating a chaotic and dangerous environment for all users of the roadway. Other alternatives, such as Howe, Kentucky, or Elmer are not direct, contain lots of one-way streets that make the route confusing, and most importantly, do not connect to Neville St – the primary route to the trail system that leads to the South Side and Downtown.

The City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) are looking at this corridor to see how to make it safer and accommodate more people. They have narrowed it down to two possible alternatives: bike lanes on Ellsworth, and a traffic-calmed “neighborhood street,” that could use a series of streets that allow “one way except bikes” types of treatments.

Both proposals have their trade offs and challenges, most notably, parking as well as directness of route.

 

Attend a Public Meeting to explore these options and provide feedback

Learn more: Council District 8 facebook
When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Pittsburgh Liberty Elementary School K-5
Address: 601 Filbert St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232


 

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1 Comment

  • screbner says:

    Wow. I used to ride or walk Ellsworth from Negley to Neville and vice versa twice a day on weekdays as part of my bike/bus/walking commute to Pitt from the Busway. I’ve also ridden the bike boulevards in Portland, OR where the only through traffic allowed is pedestrian and bicycles. At each cross street all motorized traffic is required to go left or right, so in this case, the car (and bus) traffic I assume would be redirected to Fifth/Center/Bayard. It would be heaven for the bicycling community and Hell for the (many) motor vehicle operators who use Ellsworth to avoid the congestion on Fifth and Center. The locals who park on Ellsworth would probably have a stroke as parking is very much “on street” in that area.

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