Aiken Ave Bike Facilities

A long awaited extension of a successful project

Stay tuned to this page as the project develops.

Public Meeting

  • Thursday, September 9: Aiken & Melwood Bike Facilities Upgrades (PRESENTATION) (VIDEO).

The Project

The Aiken Ave Bike Facilities are part of the overall Shadyside-Squirrel Hill network of projects, and seeks to add bike facilities on Aiken Ave, between Baum Blvd and Ellsworth Ave. Essentially, these improvements will be extending Bloomfield’s Liberty Ave bike lanes, across the bridge and linking them to Shadyside. The improvements have been identified in the City’s 2020 Bike(+) Plan.

These improvements will better connect the existing bike lanes on Liberty Ave and the popular bicycle corridor on Ellsworth Ave. 

DOMI intends to reorganize the existing street layout to make sure a two-lane configuration is consistent throughout the corridor, while adding bike lanes and turning lanes. 

The project will improve the overall connectivity and clarity in the Bloomfield/Shadyside bicycle network, and make it easier for people riding bikes, driving, or walking to navigate the streets and around each other. There are a significant number of crashes on this stretch of road that the project aims to mitigate.

Additionally, the route will improve access to destinations such as UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Grocery Stores (Aldi and Market District), Post Office, business districts (Liberty, Centre, Ellsworth, Walnut), and Morrow Park. 

Through key improvements, based on engineering best practices and community feedback, DOMI hopes to achieve safer, more comfortable streets for all users.

FAQs

What is MoveForwardPGH?

MoveForwardPGH is a collaborative program between the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), Bike Pittsburgh, and Healthy Ride to help rapidly implement the new Bike(+) Plan, as well as market how less stressful roadways are beneficial for everyone, regardless of how they use our streets. See the https://moveforwardpgh.org/ website for more information.

Why Aiken Ave?

The recently adopted Bike(+) Plan calls to improve walking and cycling throughout the area and has identified Aiken Ave as a street that has a high number of crashes and that residents would like to see change. Aiken is a natural missing connection in an overall safe bike network as it extends the Liberty Ave bike lanes to the popular Ellsworth Ave corridor.

Do you have (crash/traffic/background/other) data about this project?

We do our best to collect baseline data regarding projects as well as using the Department of City Planning’s Public Engagement Guide to help evaluate equitable, transparent and inclusive engagement. Please see the following links for more info.

Background Data

Project Factsheet (search for project)