A Protected Bike Lane for Penn Ave in Pittsburgh

Michael Anderson reports on a proposed road diet and bike lane proposed for Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, along a historic and cultural corridor in one of the country's oldest downtowns.
August 31, 2014, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Pittsburgh has announced plans to add a one-mile-long protected bike lane on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. According to Michael Anderson, who covers the story for Streetsblog USA, "[the] Penn Avenue bike lane will make it easy for families and casual riders to get downtown by trail and then venture into the retail core for entertainment, food, and shopping."

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is on a bit of roll with bike infrastructure, with the Penn Avenue lane representing one of three recently announced protected bike lanes.

The proposal would "return Penn Avenue to one-way motor vehicle flow by removing an eastbound traffic lane," in one of Pittsburgh's historic, cultural centers. Call it a back to the future moment: the street grid around Penn was designed for horses and carriages. 

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Published on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Streetsblog USA
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