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Northside streets get first-ever bicycle infrastructure

The Northside’s first-ever on-street bicycle infrastructure is now in place with more to come.  Shared lane markings, or sharrows, have been painted on several key streets leading from the riverfront trail to Northside neighborhoods.  Part of a greater community-wide bicycle route, the project will eventually include bicycle lanes from the Central Northside to the Wood’s Run neighborhood.

Bike Pittsburgh’s Eric Boerer says this infrastructure will allow safer access for Northside residents to the riverfront trail system while addressing other issues of connectivity.

The new markings are along a bicycle route identified by the Northside Bike/Ped Committee.  

Jerry Green, a member of the Bike/Ped Committee, is amazed by the work being done, and how quickly the city has responded to his organization’s input.

Green says the committee views sharrows as important for raising awareness of cycling as a normal and healthy transportation option for residents and visitors.

“It legitimizes the bikes,” he says.

Green, who has been cycling for decades, says he notices a change in driver behavior while on roads with sharrows, like Penn Avenue in the Strip District.  He says he hopes it makes a difference on the Northside.

“I’m hopeful that this isn’t all, that there’s more to come,” Green says.

And new sharrows have also been laid along Penn Avenue at the Doughboy Square intersection in the Strip District.  Those markings link the Liberty Avenue bike lanes with existing sharrows in the Strip District, part of an East End-to-Downtown on-street bicycle route.

“The sketch is there,” Boerer says of the bicycle routes in progress.  “And now we're trying to work with the city to fill in the gaps to make it a more clear and present connection.  The long-term vision is to make sure there’s a network safely and clearly connecting neighborhoods with bicycling infrastructure.”  


A community meeting will be held tonight, November 30th, about the future of the former LTV (Almono) site in Hazelwood, and whether or not the riverfront trail will be extended into that neighborhood.  6:30 to 8:30 P.M., International Union of Operating Engineers, 300 Saline Street.  For more information contact Jim Richter, jwarichter@comcast.net, 412-421-7234

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Eric Boerer, Bike Pittsburgh
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