Reynolds St traffic calming “Neighborway” Moving Forward – Provide Feedback
Attend a Virtual Public Meeting on Thursday, May 28 or take the survey
Reynolds St, a residential street in Point Breeze, has long been an important corridor in Pittsburgh’s bike network. It provides a (mostly) flat, direct connection between Mellon Park/East Liberty to Frick Park/Regent Square, while avoiding the dangerous and deadly Penn Ave. Additionally, Reynolds serves to connect Oakland/Squirrel Hill (via Wilkins bike lanes) and East Liberty/Homewood/busway. Reynolds is a street that truly ties together multiple parts of the East End for non-motorized transport.
Along the route are churches, a school, two small business districts (including the famous Frick Park Market), The Frick Museum, and Frick Park itself. On any given day, there are a flood of bicyclists riding the street and pedestrians walking to their destinations.
However, the street can still see a number of speeding, impatient, often aggressive drivers, mainly due to its use as a cut through for cars when Penn Ave is backed up.
A few years ago, a driver struck an eight-year-old Point Breeze boy riding his bicycle, leaving him with lifelong injuries.
Since 2004, there have been 30 crashes along Reynolds, between Beechwood Blvd and its terminus, half of which were attributed to aggressive driving and half resulting in injury. 30% of the crashes were with either a pedestrian or a bicyclist, 5 and 4 respectively.
Improvements on their way!
The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility (DOMI) and Infrastructure seeks to enhance the experience of our non-motorized travelers along the corridor by including traffic calming measures, such as neighborhood traffic circles, high vis crosswalks, among others, to not only slow cars down, but to discourage drivers from using Reynolds as a cut-through in the first place. The goal is to turn Reynolds St into a Neighborway, a new shared street type that DOMI has developed that emphasizes slower speeds, without dedicating space for bike lanes. Neighborways can create a safer, shared street for residents and visitors alike, improve the bicycle network, and be sure that the most vulnerable users, people on foot and on bike, have the most protection.
The City has budgeted around $80K for these traffic calming investments along Reynolds St.
Your Feedback is needed!
There are several ways to provide input into the project.
Attend a Virtual Zoom public meeting about the project on Thursday, May 28, 6 – 7pm. Register for the meeting here!