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Bikes, Cars, and People Co-Exist on Pittsburgh’s Shared Streets

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As part of its series of posts leading up to the Pro Walk/ Pro Bike/ Pro Place conference to be held in Pittsburgh this September, StreetsBlog wrote this piece on Pittsburgh’s bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The article notes that Mayor Peduto has shown a strong commitment to improving walking and biking in Pittsburgh. StreetsBlog then highlights three projects that show innovative methods of creating shared spaces in Pittsburgh.

by Tanya Snyder

Summer is finally here, but livable streets advocates already can’t wait for September to come. The biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, a city that’s shedding its “Rust Belt” image and emerging as a leader in progressive street design with the help of a new mayor who’s committed to biking, walking, and public space.

Over the course of the summer, we’ll be previewing some of the great research and success stories that will be told at the conference. This is our first post in that series. Today, we’re spotlighting one type of innovative design that Pittsburgh is increasingly becoming known for: “shared space.”

As Payton and John have described on Streetsblog this week, shared space is a way of designing streets for cars, bikes, and pedestrians without segregating them. By removing curbs and traffic signals, planners allow everyone to navigate the street using their own common sense and by communicating verbally or non-verbally with others.

Three recent projects in Pittsburgh have utilized the shared space concept. “It’s a change in thinking about how that space is used that elevates the status of pedestrians and cyclists — more pedestrians than anyone — over the car,” said Michael Stern, an architect at Strada, the firm that designed the three new shared spaces. “So that’s a big change.”

Click here to read about the three projects StreetsBlog has highlighted.


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