Expand Downtown’s Bike Lane Network on November 28

The new Bus-Bike Lanes on Smithfield St, leading to the Smithfield St Bridge and the Great Allegheny Passage.

Discuss the plans to expand Downtown’s bike lane network

In September, the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) installed a contra-flow bike lane on 3rd Ave downtown, as well as opened up Downtown’s bus lanes on Smithfield, Wood, and Ft Pitt Blvd to bicycle traffic, creating the City’s first bike-bus-only lanes. This segment is the first phase of the full “GAP to the Point” project.

The purpose of the project is to connect the Smithfield St Bridge as well as the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) to not only the Point, but the Penn Ave bike lanes. Both the GAP (Eliza Furnace Trail) and the Smithfield St Bridge are pipelines of bike traffic that spilled out into downtown streets. This created a problem and confusion, especially for new riders, or those arriving in Pittsburgh from the GAP and Washington DC on their way to the Point.

The expanding downtown bike lane network

The City of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will be hosting a public meeting to go over the details of phase two of the project. This installation will finalize the connection to the Point using a cycle track on Stanwix St and Penn Avenue Extension/Liberty Avenue.

Additionally, the Stanwix St bike lanes will connect to the existing Penn Ave bike lanes, expanding connections south and north in Downtown. Join the team for a presentation and discussion of the project.

Public Meeting Details:

Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Point Park University Academic Hall
Address: 201 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA

The entrance is on Third Avenue. Take stairs or elevator to second floor, cross the skywalk and enter Lawrence Hall. Room 200 will be on your right

For more information, please contact: Kristin Saunders, Principal Transportation Planner City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning Kristin.Saunders@pittsburghpa.gov

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