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BH Completes City of Pittsburgh’s First “Neighborway” Project

Neighborway Sharrrows and DOMI Signage
“Sharrows” and Neighborway Signage

One unexpected effect of pandemic-related lockdowns in the spring of 2020 was biking levels increasing by more than 250% in parts of the country according to Eco-Counter, a cycling analysis company. To promote safe outdoor recreation and accommodate this surge of new riders, many cities temporarily closed roads to motorists or installed pop-up bike lanes. Local support for the measures even led some cities to make the changes permanent. Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Buchart Horn was helping bring the City’s first bike-friendly “neighborway” project to fruition.

South Side Neighborway Speed Hump

The 1.5-mile bike path runs through the Southside Flats Neighborhood and improves connectivity for people walking and biking on the low-volume neighborhood streets adjacent to a major business district. Enhancements such as signage and new pavement markings, including “sharrows,” remind motorists that they must share the road. The project also features various traffic-calming elements like speed humps.

ADA Compliant Switchback Ramp

A new ADA compliant switchback ramp beneath the Birmingham Bridge connects two parking lots at different elevations. This prominently signed and well-lit ramp enhances safety by allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users to circumvent a major intersection.

Infrastructure Treatment Chart from Bike(+) Plan

The City of Pittsburgh envisions a future network of neighborways as a key component of their long-term Bike(+) plan, which Mayor William Peduto describes as “safety, plus access, plus sustainability, plus joyful travel.” Streets that meet certain requirements identified by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will allow safer travel for riders of all ages and abilities to school or work, food, and recreation. Construction of the South Side Neighborway project was 100% federally funded through a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant.

Buchart Horn was pleased to support this first-of-its-kind project with surveying, deed and right-of-way research and exhibits, environmental documentation, traffic data collection and analysis, traffic calming measures, signing and pavement marking design, photometrics, lighting design, ADA ramp structure design, constructability review, coordination with PennDOT, and contractor procurement and construction support through ECMS.

Image credits: City of Pittsburgh via Neighborways webpage