Personally I think the Smithfield plan should go forward, which I believe creates a separated bike lane and bus lanes. From there I would make Forbes a limited access street for pedestrians, cyclists, etc, all the way to Stanwix. From there you have the wide median that can hold a path that would connect to Point State Park. That plan brings people through a business district that needs revitalization, and one (Market Square) that is booming.
rsprake wrote:The thing Indy has going for them is that they have really wide streets. For Pittsburgh to get there I think we would need to heavily restrict access to certain streets downtown.
Yeah, something about the images made it seem to me that it wouldn’t exactly be applicable to Pgh, but I didn’t take the time to put my finger on it. Also Pgh never had the absolute cratering of it’s downtown like I would expect many midwestern cities to have had, that would allow rebuilding from a more vacated starting point.
I’d love to see Forbes be a ped/bike only street, that would be wonderful.
I’d suggest that with any of these models, the idea isn’t to copy it exactly but take the pieces and ideas that work and apply them to your specific situation.
Ideas to pull from Indy for Pgh (my take):
1. Get philanthropic and other stakeholders to push the project and provide funding
2. Integrate more to bike lane – ie. bioswales, decorative pieces, thermoplastic on the cross-streets
3. Signage that is different enough that people might actually read it, and that helps to educate all users
4. Incorporate a more decorative lane through city shopping and cultural districts that connects to surrounding greenways
5. Wayfinding- from what I could see the wayfinding kiosks and “signs” on each section stood out and seemed effective