5/18/21: The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and the MoveForwardPGH campaign are pleased to announce the completed installation of a new two-way protected cycle track for Negley Run Boulevard. DOMI’s number one priority is to make Pittsburgh’s streets safer for all users, and the MoveForwardPGH program is focused on improving access to safe bicycle networks for riders of all ages and abilities. A cycle track is an exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. A cycle track is physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. DOMI, in collaboration with local stakeholders, selected this facility-type because it was the most appropriate for this connection, and minimized the amount of parking that would have been required with protected single direction bike lanes.
As constructed, the new cycle track improves safety without changing the street’s functionality for the community. This design required minimal operational changes to signals and existing turn lanes, while keeping costs low and improving protection for bicyclists. Above all, this project builds on the vision and goals of the Bike (+) Plan and recently released Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to improve connectivity and access to residents. The cycle track would directly link to the new Washington Blvd Trail and provide safer connectivity from the East Liberty Blvd bike lanes to Highland Park and the Bud Harris Cycling Track via the Washington Blvd Trail.
As with all DOMI projects, we will continue to monitor, assess, and evaluate the Negley Run Blvd. facilities to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community. DOMI is currently holding a listening session on May 21st with neighborhood stakeholders to discuss designs. If you would like to provide feedback on the Negley Run Blvd facilities, you can do so on the city’s ENGAGE project page here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/moveforwardpgh/negley-run-blvd, by visiting https://moveforwardpgh.org/ and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the 311 Response Center – dial either 311 or 412-255-2621.
- Construction of the Negley Run Bike Lane Upgrades are set to begin on Thursday, April 29 2021, weather depending
- Postcards sent to addresses within project scope
- Tuesday, July 28, DOMI hosted a virtual public meeting. Here is the VIDEO and Presentation Slides
- Ongoing: Meeting with neighborhood stakeholders
- Project Factsheets: See the DOMI Projects website and search for the project
- Project Background and Data
- City of Pittsburgh Engage Page: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/moveforwardpgh/negley-run-blvd
Negley Run Blvd Project
The Negley Run Blvd bike lanes were originally installed in 2014. However a lack of bike lane protection still leaves people on bikes exposed to dangerous, high-speed motor vehicle traffic. There have been 64 crashes on this route in the past 5 years, according to PennDOT, several of which have been attributed to aggressive driving and included a bicyclist.
The Negley Run Blvd bike lanes will be upgraded to the standard of All Ages and Abilities to help better protect people on bikes, while keeping the vehicular travel lanes essentially the same as they are today. A physically protected two-way cycle track on the outbound travel lane (toward Washington Blvd) will be added. These upgrades keep people on bikes safe and separated from high speed motor vehicle traffic. The proposed cycle track would directly link to the new Washington Blvd Trail and provide safer connectivity from the East Liberty Blvd bike lanes to Highland Park and the Bud Harris Cycling Track via the Washington Blvd Trail.
Why Negley Run Blvd?
While the bike lanes on Negley Run Blvd have helped, with some added protection, we can make this facility available to even more people. There is a new Washington Blvd Trail that will connect into the Highland Park trail system and the Bud Harris Cycling Oval.
What is the timeline of the project?
We anticipate that the project will go into construction by the end of summer 2020.
How will the project affect parking?
The Negley Run Blvd project will not affect any parking.
Will the project be ADA compliant?
There will be no accessibility issues on Negley Run Blvd, and we will be improving the crosswalks as part of the overall project.
How will the project affect buses?
The project(s) will not affect any current Port Authority operations.
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.
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