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Pittsburgh Launches Complete Streets Planning in Earnest

With a planned pace of ten new miles of bike lanes every year for the next five years, Pittsburgh is already making over many of its thoroughfares in the complete streets model. A formal city policy certainly won't hurt, however.
December 3, 2015, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Ed Blazina reports on the first public meeting of the planning process for the city of Pittsburgh's Complete Streets policy. The response from the public, so far, has been strong: "More than 150 people attended the initial meeting at the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall Tuesday night, interested to learn the types of steps the city may consider to improve street safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users."

According to Blazina, "[t]he city is working with the National Complete Streets Coalition to develop a policy over the next 18 months and presented an overview of the project." Pittsburgh Planning Director Ray Gastil was on hand to explain to the audience that Complete Streets are a concept that has already been applied in some 800 communities large and small.

The article offers more insight into the talking points selected by planners introducing the idea of Complete Streets to a new, but eager, audience.

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Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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