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It’s Full Speed Ahead for Pittsburgh’s First Protected Bike Lanes

Penn Ave Protected Bike Lane

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | City of Pittsburgh

New Lanes Are Being Installed in Oakland and Greenfield, Penn Ave Next Week

Have you seen the new bike lanes around town? Here are two excellent news articles on the forthcoming protected lane in Downtown Pittsburgh along Penn Avenue.

People for Bikes: Business Leaders Cheer Protected Bike Lanes Into Busy Downtown Pittsburgh
By Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Downtown Pittsburgh has a perfectly good reason to be running out of room for more cars: its streets have been there since 1784.

“In Pittsburgh, we have too many cars chasing too few parking spaces,” Merrill Stabile, president of the city’s largest parking operator, said last week. “I am in favor of building a few more parking garages. But we’ll never be able to build enough to meet the demand, in my opinion, if we continue to grow like we’ve been growing.”

That’s why Stabile said he’s among the Pittsburgh business leaders backing a plan, announced today, to reduce downtown’s dependence on car traffic by adding a protected bike lane to Penn Avenue.

To read the full article, visit the People For Bikes website.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to start work on bike-only lanes next week
By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Installation of bicycle-only lanes on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh and the Strip District will begin next week, Mayor Bill Peduto announced.

The protected lanes will be placed on the eastbound side of Penn from Sixth to 16th streets. That is a change from the initial plan to have the lanes from Stanwix to 11th streets.

When the project is completed, two bike lanes, one in each direction, will occupy the eastbound side of the street. Eastbound traffic will be removed from Penn and rerouted to Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Liberty Avenue, which are parallel to Penn. Two Port Authority bus routes, 8 Perrysville and O1 Ross Flyer, will be rerouted. Westbound traffic and on-street parking will not change.

To read the full story visit the Post-Gazette website.


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