This is scary for me, since I work in the strip in the early morning/late night on Penn. I hope we get more details, such as if he had lights or was not cycling responsibly (Today I saw a guy on a bike riding against the traffic on penn/17th. And I wonder why people think cyclists are irresponsible. One bad guy can ruin it for everyone.)
I ride on this stretch frequently and I wouldn’t classify it as friendly.
The sad thing is that they attempted to calm traffic already. The lanes are narrow and there are crosswalks and the little signs telling people to yield which in turn makes drivers more impatient since as soon as there is a chance to pass there is a pedestrian crosswalk sign blocking them from doing so. The attempt to calm traffic just makes the traffic more angry and impatient.
@edmonds59, you don’t get a ticket for running down a cyclist in Pittsburgh.
I avoid Smallman because people there drive crazy. It seems that about once per year, a pedestrian is killed in the crosswalk at Smallman & 21st. Every time, the city talks about putting a traffic light there, but it never happens. I’d love to see a light there.
When cycling, I’ll use Penn (when inbound) or Railroad (when outbound) to avoid Smallman.