Four local online surveys worth your time

Don’t just comment on newspaper sites, comment where it matters!

Sometimes you just need to take some time and answer some online surveys. We’ve collected four projects that need input because the plans are in active development.

Take a few moments and comment away!

City of Pittsburgh Steps Survey

With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America. The City is working to improve these steps and you can help by answering a few quick questions using their interactive map. This is hands down the funnest survey we have listed.

This feedback, along with other analysis, will help the City determine which steps should be prioritized for improvement. The survey map closes on October 15th.

City of Pittsburgh climate Action Plan

The City is updating their Climate Action Plan, and are seeking input on it. One thing that sticks out in our minds is the goals for bicycle mode share are not very ambitious. In fact, based off of the 2014 numbers that they are using as a baseline, just over the past two years we’ve grown bicycle commuter mode share by 44%, nearly achieving their published goal of a 50% increase for 2030. We can be more ambitious!

While the plan went before the Planning Commission on October 10, the City is looking for comments beyond the legislative process. The Plan is not intended to be a static document, but and adaptive strategy that help guide city-wide efforts to address climate change.

You can view the Climate Action Plan here.

Citizens can continue to provide on-line comments to climate@pittsburghpa.gov.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Junction Hollow Schenley Park Survey

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) is looking to install several “green infrastructure” interventions in order to deal with the immense amount of rainwater that ends up in Four-Mile Run. Homeowners in the Greenfield neighborhood have been dealing with flooding issues for years, and there is now momentum and money to do something about it.

The PPC is spearheading this effort, and have created a plan that includes several proposals that will affect the area that the Junction Hollow Trail runs through, as well as the lake in Schenley Park.

The survey walks you through some design options and allows you to explain how you currently use the park, and provide input on some proposed changes.

Take the survey here. 

Southwest Pennsylvania Commission Draft TIP Comment Period

Every year, the Southwest Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is tasked with organizing and collecting comment on all of the transportation projects in the region that use state and federal funds, called the Transportation Improvement Program or TIP. This is a good time to look at the projects that are coming down the pipeline and comment on them. Does a project lack pedestrian accommodations?  Does a project align with a popular cycling route? Is there a multi-billion dollar highway boondoggle going through your community?

SPC encourages you to attend a fall Public Participation Panel meeting in your county to learn about the draft 2019-2022 TIP and long range planning. Meetings will be in a workshop format beginning with an informational presentation. There will be opportunities to look at maps, ask questions, and talk to representatives from SPC, PennDOT, transit operators, and planning departments.
You can view the draft TIP here, and make comments.

Allegheny County Meeting: November 13, 3:00 p.m., Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh, SPC Conference Center, Two Chatham Center, 112 Washington Place, 4th floor, Pittsburgh

Meetings in the other SPC counties can be found here.


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