Penn Circle Update

Currently in discussion are plans to redesign Penn Circle. The meeting on November 1st at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church presented four design ideas to convert Station Street and Euclid Avenue into two-way streets.

This was the first community meeting about the project which is still looking for funding, input, and further planning.

Many issues were brought up including street lighting, bike parking, one-way side streets intersecting the main artery, changing the road’s classification, complete street policies, and pedestrian safety among many other topics.

Look for more community meetings on the topic to come.

For more information read about it here.

Negley Ave. Bike Lane

The Highland Park Community Council had their January meeting this past Monday. Three of the HP/EL Bike/Ped Committee were in attendance. Kristen Saunders, the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for the city of Pittsburgh, came and spoke about the Negley Ave. bike lane project as well as the probable re-paving of One Wild Place which would add a climbing bike lane. You can look at the Negley bike lane proposal here: Negley Ave Bike Lane.

The Highland Park/ East Liberty Bike/Ped Committee helped with the car counts and road signage on Negley Ave. during January in preparation for the bike lane project.

There was also discussion about the green bike turning boxes on Bayard Street. Here is a great article that BikePGH wrote about these bike infrastructural improvements. Here is a video explaining them too:

Portland (Green) Bike Box! from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.


February Events: Monthly Meeting

 

Welcome: First Post

Welcome to the Highland Park/East Liberty Bike/Ped Committee’s website. Established in 2015, as committed citizens we are enthusiastically looking to improve the streets that we live in. Our mission statement is as follows:

“The Highland Park/East Liberty Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee is a group of residents dedicated to identifying, prioritizing, and advocating for the implementation of infrastructural improvements that make our streets safer and livable for everyone.”

This past year we have worked on various projects including:

  • Working with BikePGH and other bike/ped committees to petition for city money to be set aside for bike/ped needs.
  • Highland Park Community Council Meeting
  • City-Wide Public Meeting
  • Quarterly Bike/Ped Committee Meetings
  • Signing petitions for safer streets in the communities we bisect on commutes to/from work
  • Community advocacy through the Highland Park Yard Sale and Bryant Street Festival
  • Participating in May as Bike Month
  • Pittsburgh City’s bike count project
  • Many 311 pothole blitzes
  • Establishing our group
  • Starting our Facebook Group
  • And much more

We are currently starting projects to erect bike racks, gather data to help install bike lanes, and help with sidewalk infrastructure. We are always looking for help, suggestions, and comments. Please join our Google Group to receive updates as well as Like our Facebook.

Here’s to a great first year and bright future for 2016.

-The Highland Park/ East Liberty Bike/Ped Committee