Shadyside Corridor Connections and FAQ

Connecting neighborhoods in the middle of the city

Updates:

Pop-Up Info Session on Thursday, Oct 7:


Past meetings

  • Thursday, Oct 7: Pop-Up at Winchester-Thurston. A pop-up booth at Winchester-Thurston to learn more about the Ellsworth Neighborway. The project team set up in multiple locations along on Ellsworth between Aiken Ave and Neville to share specific traffic calming treatments. Click to view map (pdf).
  • Wednesday, September 22: Reviewed public survey results highlighting preferred street and infrastructure improvements and provided an overview of traffic calming tools being considered to increase connectivity and clarity in the Shadyside bicycle network. (View Presentation)(Watch Video).
  • Friday May 21: Shadyside Connector Porch sit 5-7pm Councilperson Strassburger and the MoveForwardPGH team hosted an outdoor “porch sit” to be available to residents to talk about the proposed projects, the Bike(+) Plan and future projects that make streets safer for people using all modes of transportation including biking and walking.
  • Wednesday, May 5: Shadyside Connector Public Meeting (VIDEO) (VIEW PRESENTATION) (PDF Presentation)
  • Wednesday, April 28 : Office Hours with Councilperson Strassburger and Karina Ricks, the Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Tuesday, April 27 :Office Hours with Councilperson Strassburger and Karina Ricks, the Director of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Wednesday, April 21: Shadyside Connector Public Meeting – (VIDEO) (VIEW PRESENTATION)
  • April 12: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting
  • March 24: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting
  • December 16: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting
  • December 2: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting
  • November 5: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting. VIEW PRESENTATION
  • October 13: DOMI and Erika Strassburger hosted stakeholder meeting to introduce the concept and begin the conversation. VIEW PRESENTATION
  • Advisory Group has representation from:
    • Age Friendly Pittsburgh
    • Church of Ascension
    • Friends Meeting House
    • Representative from renter community
    • Representative from active transport commuter
    • Shadyside Action Coalition
    • Shadyside Chamber of Commerce
    • Shadyside Complete Streets
    • Unitarian Church
    • Winchester Thurston

The Project

The Shadyside neighborhood streets are used by many people, from residents accessing their points of interest to those biking to connect between Oakland and destinations further east. Sandwiched between the heavily car oriented Fifth Ave and the Baum/Centre corridor, Shadyside’s streets provide some of the better bicycling, pedestrian, and transit options in the city. It is part of the overall Shadyside-Squirrel Hill Network of projects.

However, Ellsworth itself, while the most direct, intuitive and ridden, is narrow, with sporadic parking patterns that force bikes into and out of traffic, creating a chaotic and sometimes dangerous environment for all users of the roadway. Other alternatives, such as Howe, Kentucky, or Elmer are not as direct, contain lots of one-way streets that make the route confusing, and most importantly, do not connect to Neville St – the primary route to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system that leads to the South Side and Downtown.

A heatmap of where bicyclists who ride in Shadyside and use the Strava App ride. Ellsworth is the highest use in the area
A heatmap of where bicyclists who ride in Shadyside and use the Strava App ride. Ellsworth is the highest use in the area

Originally identified as a “high need” improvement in the 1999 Bike Plan, the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has been looking at this corridor for decades to see how to make it safer and accommodate more people. Through the MoveForwardPGH program, City staff worked with the community and smaller working groups to evaluate seven bike route alternatives based on directness, safety, traffic impacts, parking, transit operations, and feasibility. The option of reducing the volume of traffic on Ellsworth Avenue to make it more comfortable for people biking ranked high throughout this process and the City is conducting a traffic study to explore this option further.

The study will use historic and collected traffic data to understand local traffic patterns and answer the following questions:

  • Where are people driving on Ellsworth Avenue going to and coming from?
  • What portion of trips on Ellsworth are traveling the entire corridor?
  • Where is local access the most important?
  • What share of trips currently using Ellsworth Avenue have a natural alternative route available?
  • What share of trips currently using Ellsworth Avenue have strong potential for mode shift away from private vehicle trips?

Based on this new understanding of traffic patterns on Ellsworth Avenue, as well as existing traffic operations, the project team will identify options for reducing traffic on Ellsworth and study the impacts on traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and transit operations.

DATA

Crash Data – 63 crashes 2015-2019: 23 injuries, 8 pedestrians, 5 bicyclists
Crash Data - 63 crashes 2015-2019: 23 injuries, 8 pedestrians, 5 bicyclists.

FAQs

A map showing the CDGB eligible areas (low and moderate income). Most of the area north and west of Ellsworth is CDBG eligible.

Why the Ellsworth Corridor?

As previously explained, Ellsworth is a high use bicycle corridor due to the important connections it provides throughout the area. However, there are also high numbers of crashes, and we feel that with engineering and a street redesign, we can create an environment that is less confusing and less stressful for everyone, no matter how you get around the corridor.

Who is on the Stakeholders Committee and how was it formed?

Stakeholders Committee consists of residents, commuters, neighborhood groups, faith-based institutions, Councilwoman Strassburger, DOMI and MoveForwardPGH representatives. DOMI formed the group in consultation with the Councilwoman and community groups. The Committee has representatives from: Age Friendly Pittsburgh, Church of Ascension, Friends Meeting House, Representative from renter community, Representative from active transport commuter, Shadyside Action Coalition, Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, Shadyside Complete Streets, Unitarian Church, Winchester Thurston

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

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.

Additionally you can email any feedback or questions to: moveforwardpgh@gmail.com