A tunnel on the Montour Trail Photo by Flickr user jmt190
Plans to connect the City and western burbs to the Montour Trail moving forward
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joined municipal officials in McKees Rocks this morning at the unveiling of a transportation plan that will offer a nonmotorized link between Pittsburgh and the Montour Trail in Coraopolis.
“Connectivity is key to getting more Allegheny County residents walking and biking,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
“The community has spoken loudly on the issue and people want safe, separate bike lanes on West Carson Street,” Mr. Bricker said. The proposed shared lanes “are not the type of infrastructure that will encourage anyone other than 20-something risk-takers to ride along West Carson Street,” Mr. Bricker said. “We want facilities constructed that are welcoming and safe for everyone.”
The plan calls for both bicycle lanes and a share-the-road route that would pass through the city, McKees Rocks, Stowe, Neville and Coraopolis. Bike Anyplace routes will connect places where people want to work, shop and go to school, Mr. Fitzgerald said.
Busy West Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side is part of the proposed route.
Dedicated bicycle lanes will be critical to that part of the plan, according to Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh. He and Mr. Fitzgerald were among a dozen speakers at the unveiling of the trail plan.
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