Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that as part of the Strip District/Penn Avenue project, shared lane markings have been installed on Penn Avenue from 32nd to 25th streets. Upon completion, the shared lane markings will run on Penn Avenue from 32nd to 16th Streets.
The Strip District/Penn Avenue project is part of the Mayor's Bicycle/Pedestrian Initiatives and the City's plan to install bicycle infrastructure on streets that experience high bicycle traffic volumes as well as those that connect cyclists to work and entertainment.
"Bicycling as a means of transportation is part of our overall sustainability initiatives," said the Mayor. "This project not only expands the current bicycle infrastructure, it provides additional safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists and continues to green our City."
"The cycling community is enthusiastic about the Mayor's commitment to making our City more livable by enhancing the safety of bicyclists on our streets," said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh. "Bike Pittsburgh looks forward to our continued partnership with our elected leaders and City departments in order to complete our streets for all users regardless of mode of transportation in every neighborhood."
With the completion of the Strip District/Penn Avenue project, various neighborhoods will have a direct route to Downtown. Currently, shared lane markings and bicycle lanes exist on Liberty Avenue through Bloomfield from Baum Boulevard to Herron Avenue Bridge. The Penn Avenue project will extend the existing infrastructure to Downtown and points between.
Shared lane markings (identified by a bicycle symbol and chevrons) are pavement markings generally installed on streets that are too narrow to accommodate bicycle lanes. The markings provide road placement for street users on those streets which experience a significant mix of motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Bicyclists are advised to ride through the middle of the symbol to ensure that they are clear of the door zone while continuing to share the road. Motorists are permitted to drive over or through the symbol, but must yield to bicyclists. Motorists are advised to use the left lane to safely pass bicyclists.
As a reminder, bicycles are permitted on all City streets unless explicitly prohibited by signage.
The Mayor's Bicycle/Pedestrian initiatives, or Four E's - Engineering, Events, Education and Enforcement - provide a framework to encourage residents to bike and work. They also outline what the City needs to attain Bicycle Friendly Status through the League of American Bicyclists.
Friday, August 7, 2009
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