Reynolds St traffic calming “Neighborway” and FAQs

Reynolds St traffic calming in the works

Feedback and Outreach:

Outreach Timeline:

  • LATEST: September 9, 2020 – City Council Hearing VIDEO / Presentation (pdf) / DOMI Questions and Responses (pdf)
  • July 30, 2020 – Neighborhood Traffic Circle Pilot Public Meeting – DOMI presented the data collected and analyzed during the neighborhood traffic circle pilot
  • July 25, 2020 – PBO Stakeholder Meeting – Meeting with Reynolds Business Owner, Larry Gerson and Project Manager, Elissa Goughnour.
  • July 16, 2020 – Public Meeting #2 – DOMI hosts second public meeting on Zoom in webinar format. Posters put up along Reynolds announcing the meeting a week prior. VIDEO of the presentationVIEW the presentation here. (pdf)
  • July 7, 2020 – PBO Stakeholder follow-up meeting – DOMI, Healthy Ride met/followed up with PBO stakeholders from June 30th meeting on Zoom.
  • July 6, 2020-present – Neighborhood Traffic Circle Pilot on nearby N Euclid Ave – Four (4) neighborhood traffic circles constructed with temporary materials on N Euclid at Callowhill, Hampton, Hays, and Rippey. Speed, traffic, and video (for traffic behavioral observations) collected during the month of July. DOMI met with stakeholder groups to analyze effectiveness and any concerns around the traffic circles, including but not limited to an ADA Focus Group, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools, City of Pittsburgh Crossing Guards, Dept of Public Works (snow plow teams), and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Click here for more details.
  • June 30, 2020 – PBO Stakeholder meeting – DOMI, Healthy Ride meet with PBO members and local small business owners on Zoom
  • June 23, 2020 – Reynolds FAQ posted to MoveForwardPgh.org
  • May 28, 2020 – Public Meeting #1 – DOMI & Healthy Ride host first public Zoom meeting with early Neighborway design proposal, followed by open discussion. VIEW the presentation here
  • May 12, 2020 – Stakeholder meeting – DOMI engineers and Healthy Ride met with PBO President, Kathleen Farrington
  • May 5, 2020 – Project posted to DOMI’s website – Fact sheet updated on DOMI Current Projects Page with proposed traffic circles. Online survey posted to DOMI Current Projects page
    Signs informing residents of the Neighborway project were placed along the corridor, at each of the impacted intersections. The signs provided links to the project website and encouraged residents to visit the pilot locations on N. Euclid Avenue.
  • March 5, 2020 – PBO Meeting – Kim Lucas, DOMI Assistant Director of Policy & Planning, attended the Point Breeze Organization meeting, brought Fact Sheet for this project
  • February 25, 2020 – Bike+ Plan outreach. Nearest open house to Reynolds hosted on this date at The Shop (621 N Dallas in Homewood) from 3-8 PM

Point Breeze Resident Survey Analysis:

  • Elective Survey on DOMI’s website received 199 submissions from 5/26 – 8/7
  • Positive Feedback: 114 (57%)
  • Negative Feedback: 62 (31%)
  • Indifferent or Cannot Determine Feedback: 23 (12%)

Please see the Project Fact Sheet for latest details. (Search for Reynolds)

We encourage you to fill out a survey and provide feedback about the project here.

Reynolds St Neighborway

Reynolds St, a residential street in Point Breeze, has long been an important corridor in Pittsburgh’s bike network. It provides a (mostly) flat, direct connection between Mellon Park/East Liberty to Frick Park/Regent Square, while avoiding the dangerous and deadly Penn Ave. Additionally, Reynolds serves to connect Oakland/Squirrel Hill (via Wilkins bike lanes) and East Liberty/Homewood/busway. Reynolds is a street that truly ties together multiple parts of the East End for non-motorized transport.

Along the route are churches, a school, two small business districts (including the famous Frick Park Market), The Frick Museum, and Frick Park itself. On any given day, there are a flood of bicyclists riding the street and pedestrians walking to their destinations. 

However, the street can still see a number of speeding, impatient, often aggressive drivers, mainly due to its use as a cut through for cars when Penn Ave is backed up.

A few years ago, a driver struck an eight-year-old Point Breeze boy riding his bicycle, leaving him with lifelong injuries.

Since 2004, there have been 30 crashes along Reynolds, between Beechwood Blvd and its terminus, half of which were attributed to aggressive driving and half resulting in injury. 30% of the crashes were with either a pedestrian or a bicyclist, 5 and 4 respectively.

Improvements on their way!

As part of the City’s new Bike (+) Plan, City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility (DOMI) and Infrastructure seeks to enhance the experience of our non-motorized travellers along the corridor by including traffic calming measures, such as neighborhood traffic circles, high vis crosswalks, among others, to not only slow cars down, but to discourage drivers from using Reynolds as a cut through in the first place. 

An example of what the Reynolds St Neighborhood Traffic Circle could look like.

The goal is to turn Reynolds St into a Neighborway, a new shared street type that DOMI has developed that emphasizes slower speeds, without dedicating space for bike lanes. Neighborways can create a safer, shared street for residents and visitors alike, improve the bicycle network, and be sure that the most vulnerable users, people on foot, in wheelchairs and on bike, are prioritized and have the most protection. 

The City has budgeted around $80K for these traffic calming investments along Reynolds St. Pittsburgh residents have consistently requested “Complete Streets” projects as a top priority during the City’s Capital Budget public process.

FAQ’s about the project

What is MoveForwardPGH?

This 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 and clearer streets are beneficial for everyone, regardless of how they use our streets.

Who is providing the funding for this project? 

The funding The City of Pittsburgh employs for implementing mobility infrastructure and programs comes from The City of Pittsburgh’s Local Capital Budget and from County, State, and Federal Grants.

Will there be any parking spaces removed?

We are not planning on removing any legal parking spaces for this project.

Will there be speed bumps or speed humps on Reynolds?

No. We do not plan to install these.

What will the Neighborhood Traffic Circles look like?

The Neighborhood Traffic Circles will be made out of concrete. We will not be using any plastic bollards or “pylons” on this project. 

Additionally, we would like to include planters as part of the project, and are securing residents to help maintain the plants.

Will buses be able to get around the Neighborhood Traffic Circles?

Yes. We are actively working with the Port Authority on this project.

Why Reynolds Street?

As discussed earlier, Reynolds offers an alternative route to the busy Penn Ave. Several years ago, the City installed signs and shared lane markings, or “sharrows” to help direct bicyclists to Reynolds, and to warn drivers that they should expect to see bicyclists. We feel that we can make the street even safer, while providing needed connections to parks, businesses and amenities. In the new Bike (+) Plan, the City has committed to a well marked, low stress bicycle network. 

Will the stop signs be removed? How does this make it safer?

We plan to leave the stop signs up at first. We will monitor the effectiveness of the new design, and consider removing them if we determine that it will help with our traffic calming goals. Traffic circles are designed to reduce drivers’ speeds (keeping them typically closer to 15-20mph and under 10mph through the intersections) and improve safety at intersections by eliminating angle collisions. All of these help to increase safety for all roadway users. Stop signs are not always used. 12% of cars don’t stop at intersections. The vertical obstruction provided by the Traffic Circle will force vehicles to slow down. We will continue to monitor the project after all changes are made, and can simply change it back if it’s not working.

Will the Neighborhood Traffic Circles inhibit emergency vehicles?

Reynolds is not on the route of emergency vehicles, but obviously they will still need access to Reynolds Street. These Neighborhood Traffic Circles do not inhibit emergency vehicle response or access.

Will this project push traffic onto other residential streets?

Many of the excess traffic that is currently using Reynolds Street is using it as a cut through to avoid Penn Ave, since it’s only one block away. Case studies have shown no proven change to traffic volumes with the installation of traffic circles. In other words, while speeds and crashes were reduced, drivers continued using the same route as before the installation.

Who will maintain the landscaping?

It will be up to community members to maintain the landscaping.

What are the statistics from the community regarding how many people support, oppose, or are neutral for these traffic circles? How will community input affect the final design?

Through the feedback survey we have received a majority positive responses:
Total (5/26 – 7/1): 166
Positive: 98 (59% of total)
Negative: 51 (31% of total)
Indifferent or Cannot Determine: 17 (10% of total)

Community input combined with engineers’ data will be crucial to determine the final design.

If you have further questions, email:

moveforwardpgh@gmail.com