Mayor William Peduto’s administration is providing new daily parking options for bike commuters who use the Eliza Furnace Trail — a stretch of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the Monongahela River's north bank.
Parking restrictions put into place in advance of construction of a new protected bike lane on Saline Street in Greenfield displaced some commuters who park their vehicles by the Eliza Furnace trailhead and bike to work each day. Other daily commuters commonly took advantage of free parking on Saline and would take buses to work.
This construction is part of the city’s protected bike lane project
with lanes being built from Schenley Plaza to Anderson Playground in Schenley Park; along Saline Street between Greenfield Avenue and Swinburne Street (Panther Hollow Trail) in Greenfield; and on Penn Avenue from 11th Street to Stanwix Avenue, Downtown.
Thomas Baxter, executive director of Friends of the Riverfront says the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is becoming more heavily used, which he says is “a great problem to have.”
Baxter notes that when Friends of the Riverfront began working on the trail, the project focused on recreation. Today, efforts have expanded to transportation.
To continue to encourage biking, the city is planning to add parking spaces to the lot at the Eliza Furnace trailhead and mark them for weekday bike commuters. For those seeking to use the trail for mid-day exercise, parking at other spaces in the trailhead lot will remain restricted to three hours.
Work may take a couple of weeks to complete so bike commuters may park their vehicles at the soccer field in Junction Hollow, on Boundary Street just north of Saline Street. From there, bicyclists can connect with the Eliza Furnace trail to get Downtown or go the opposite direction to travel to Oakland.
“Pittsburgh is becoming one of the best cities in the country for bicyclists, and we’re doing all we can to add even more bike-friendly infrastructure,” Mayor Peduto says.
Source: Office of Mayor William Peduto, Thomas Baxter