What’s Red And White And Drove All Over? The City’s First Bus-Bike Lane

Bikes and buses will share the newly painted lane along Fort Pitt Blvd.

Joe DeStio
October 10, 2018 - 12:56 pm
Bike-Bus Lane

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The lane on Fort Pitt Blvd. between Smithfield and Wood Streets is bright red.

It’s a bus-bike lane; part of the compromise devised when business owners along Fort Pitt Blvd. complained about making a bike lane that would take away street parking.

A city spokesman says bike lanes will also go in on Smithfield and Wood Streets connecting to 3rd Ave.

City officials feel it’s the best way to connect the Eliza Furnace Trail portion of the Great Allegheny Passage along 2nd Ave. through a congested Downtown to Point State Park.

The lane on Fort Pitt Blvd. was already a bus lane so no parking is lost.

Bicycles will soon be allowed to share the counter flow bus lanes on Smithfield St., Wood St., and Fort Pitt Blvd. The lanes will connect to 3rd Ave. down to the Point.

Bicyclists must travel the same direction as buses and are not allowed to pass busses.

The system will be completed next year with dedicated bike lanes on Stanwix St., Penn Ave. Extension and Liberty Ave. to Point State Park.

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Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this story. 

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