Pittsburgh's Stadium Authority and WTW architects have publicized a project plan for a new parking garage on the north shore between the stadiums. It is referred to as the "Lot 1 Parking Facility". The zoning application has a hand written date of 3/10/16 but the portion of the PDF detailing the parking garage is dated April 5th.
It's nice to see that bikes are included in the master plan, even if it seems rather amateurish.
Page 7 marks existing "bike paths" on a map but the map is comically inaccurate.
Page 31 shows a bike path with differing pavement from the adjacent pedestrian sidewalk.
Page 50 and 51 are maps showing Steelers parking ingress and egress. Of note is a dotted line labeled as "Bicycle barricades" down the middle of the street, separating vehicles and pedestrians. Not really sure what that is about.
Page 53 has a map and details about bike parking!
* Minimum of 100 Bikes
* Bike Maintenance Station
* Adjacent to Manager’s Office
* Security Cameras
* Dedicated Entrance
Overall I have mixed feelings.
A non-insignificant amount of money is needed for 100 bike parking spaces. From the pictures and map it looks like that means 50 inverted "U" pipes anchored to the ground with a bike parked on each side. It's in a dedicated, covered space with as much security as can be expected. That part is pretty good.
Where I feel it falls short is that the route to and from the bike parking appears to have been given little thought. It isn't really detailed on any of the maps. The details are what make a bike lane/route great or merely lip service. In my opinion the plan should show bike lanes with as much detail as was used for sidewalk and roads. If bike lanes were well understood, lack of detail would be fine. But we are obviously still learning how to do them well. Lack of planning will result in poorly built infrastructure that is a detriment to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
The river front trail system is a wonderful part of Pittsburgh for bikers. It is likely how most will reach the stadiums by bike. And yet the stadium authority's master plan doesn't plan for this at all. There is some excellent bike parking, an excellent trail system passing by the area, and unknown magic that is supposed to happen in between.