Smallman St Next Steps: Public Meeting Feb. 6

Weigh in on the final street design: Featuring a plaza, bike lanes, and more

The street design on Smallman St, between 16th and 21st is getting a facelift. Once the PWSA project is complete (most likely this spring), the City will be installing a fresh coat of asphalt and unveiling a redesign of the street layout featuring a small plaza near 21st St, rearranged parking, and bike lanes.

The resulting design concepts, known as the Smallman St Improvements Project, culminated from a series of public meetings last year, hosted by the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI). This upcoming meeting intends to dig deeper into these concepts to gather feedback on the details of the design. It also includes reconstruction of ADA sidewalk ramps, traffic signal upgrades and reconstruction of sections of the sidewalk.

Your input is important! Please show up and weigh in on the design, and help make the case to extend bike infrastructure further east.

Smallman St Public Meeting Details:

Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
AC Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown – Madrid Room (7th Fl)
1126 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Smallman St concept at 21st St. See presentation for complete design.

#ExtendPenn to the eastern neighborhoods

The importance of bike infrastructure in the Strip cannot be overstated. Since its installation in 2014, the Penn Ave bike lane ends eastbound at 16th St. Figuring out how bikes will navigate the chaotic mix of streets toward the eastern neighborhoods is the heart of our #ExtendPenn campaign.

While this project helps establish dedicated space for bikes, we still need to make the case for how people on bikes will safely ride east of 21st St. DOMI is launching a transportation study in early Spring to help get a snapshot of the mobility and parking needs in the Strip, and recommendations for how to bring order to the existing layout.

Between the exponential growth in development, the rise of AV testing, poor sidewalk conditions, and its popularity as a walkable tourist destination, there is a serious need to look at how people get to and through the Strip District.

Stay tuned, and stay involved!

The results show that it is important to show up to public meetings, be vocal, and state your case. Your presence at future meetings will be even more important as we push toward the more difficult, yet ultimate goal of securing the connection between 21st St and the eastern neighborhoods.

Please join our #ExtendPenn email list and stay connected: bikepgh.org/extendpenn

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