Pittsburgh nixes plan for bike lanes on Fort Pitt Boulevard



Pittsburgh has dropped the thought of putting in bicycle lanes on Fort Pitt Boulevard, the place property homeowners complained the lanes would take away already-limited parking.

Karina Ricks, town’s director of mobility and infrastructure, mentioned in a press release in the present day there are “higher options” than utilizing Fort Pitt Boulevard. The town’s plan had been to make use of the lanes to provide cyclists a direct connection alongside the Nice Allegheny Passage via Downtown to Level State Park by placing lanes on the north facet of the boulevard from Grant to Stanwix streets and Stanwix to Penn Avenue.

“At the moment we’re not pursuing any modifications to Fort Pitt Boulevard to implement a bicycle facility on that road,” Ms. Ricks mentioned. “We heard the issues of the Fort Pitt stakeholders and others within the Downtown and bicycling neighborhood and took the chance to look once more at accessible choices.

“Upon re-examination we consider there are higher options for offering a secure and enticing bicycle facility that not solely finishes the connection from the path to the park, but additionally offers entry to Downtown locations in a approach that matches into the general downtown multimodal community.”

Ms. Ricks couldn’t be instantly reached for additional touch upon what the brand new route can be.

In October, Metropolis Council permitted a $772,000 plan for the lanes, which might have 80 % federal funding.

Final week, Mayor Invoice Peduto mentioned the hadn’t acquired a last advice on the challenge but, however along with Fort Pitt Boulevard, town was contemplating First Avenue and the Boulevard of the Allies, in addition to a mixture of all three.

“I favor the one which has the least influence however nonetheless, on the similar time, offers a secure method to journey east-west all through Downtown onto the path,” the mayor mentioned final week. “The thought is, this may have the ability to join the path on the North Facet to the Mon River path and have the ability to entry factors that go properly past simply the north-south routes that we’ve got presently.”


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