Enhancing safety for people walking and biking
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The Wightman Street Bike Lane upgrade is part of the overall Shadyside-Squirrel Hill network of projects, and seeks to enhance and improve the existing bike lanes on Wightman St, between Forbes Ave and Beacon St. The improvements have been identified in the City’s 2020 Bike(+) Plan.
The project will improve the overall connectivity and clarity in the Squirrel Hill bicycle network, and make it easier for people riding bikes, driving, or walking to navigate the streets and around each other. Enhancements will likely include better pavement markings and other features intended to calm traffic. This facility will connect the existing bike lanes on Beacon St to the bike route on Forbes Ave. Over the past five years, there have been a significant number of crashes on this stretch of road (22 with 10 injuries) that the project aims to mitigate and improve for all users.
Additionally, the route will improve access to destinations such as the Squirrel Hill business district, the Jewish Community Center, Schenley Park, the Bob O’Connor Golf Course,Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Universities.
Through key improvements, based on engineering best practices and community feedback, DOMI hopes to achieve safer, more comfortable streets for all users.
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.
Why Wightman St?
The recently adopted Bike(+) Plan calls to improve walking and cycling throughout the area and has identified Wightman St as a street that residents would like to see these changes. Additionally, the troubling crash history shows a clear need for improvements.
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.