Mayor Ravenstahl officially opened the first inter-neighborhood bike lane in Pittsburgh this morning at 11 a.m., with a celebratory kick-off ride starting at Morrow Triangle in the East End and ending at the Church Brew Works on Liberty Avenue. This bike lane is a result of collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh and bicycle advocates, Bike Pittsburgh. The lane, which will run alongside Liberty Avenue from Baum Boulevard to Ligonier Street, will be striped with a combination of five-foot wide bike lanes and on-street stencils called Shared Lane Markings (Sharrows). Bicycle signage will also be installed throughout the corridor.
"This bike lane marks a fresh direction for Americas most livable city," said the Mayor. "We are building partnerships with our non-profit community and making our shared goal of creating the most bike friendly city a reality. The lanes will further encourage biking as a mode of transportation, promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment by encouraging exercise and reducing carbon emissions."
Greenfield Road, which runs from Hobart Street to the Greenfield Bridge alongside Schenley Park in Squirrel Hill, will also be receiving a brand new bike lane and signs.
"We're very pleased that the Mayor's administration is taking these steps to make Pittsburgh a better, more bike friendly place to live and visit," said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh. "These markings will help keep cyclists safer and encourage more people to ride."
For the first time in Pittsburgh's history, the City will be hiring a full time bike-ped coordinator who would be responsible for formulating a City Pedestrian Improvement Plan; updating and managing the City's Bicycling Plan; advising the City on needed pedestrian and cycling accommodations in City/PennDOT/PAT infrastructure projects, streetscape improvements and City traffic operations improvements; administering the City Trail Maintenance and Expansion Program; and identifying and pursuing funding sources for cycling/pedestrian improvements.
The City of Pittsburgh will also be installing 89 riverfront trail wayfinding signs this summer throughout the area using a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant. The signs will be installed along City streets to improve the visibility and accessibility of the City's 22 miles of riverfront trails. They will direct cyclists to riverfront trail entrances and motorists to free trail head parking lots.
The total costs of fabricating and installing the signs is $52,000. The City will oversee fabrication and installation by Bunting Graphics out of Verona PA. Penn DOT will reimburse the City for 100% of its costs.
While cycling wayfinder signs are common in many cities, the sign designs for Pittsburgh are unique - circular in shape colored blue with a red rim, a light blue bicycle silhouette, and white text identifying the trail with a directional arrow and the name of the adjacent river.
The cycling signs were designed through a collaborative effort of the City of Pittsburgh, the River Life Task Force, and Friends of the Riverfront. Professional design assistance was provided by Landesberg Design on the South Side.
Included in this project are park-to-park signs directing cyclists from Schenley Park to Frick Park through Squirrel Hill. (A similar set of park-to-park signs are installed along Reynolds Street in Point Breeze).
Monday, June 18, 2007
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687