Why Pittsburgh is redesigning streets to help drivers slow down

Pittsburgh city officials, particularly the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, have been very busy the last couple of years working on efforts to make dozens of streets, intersections, and corridors in the city safer for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. And those efforts have really sped up as of late with several newly reconfigured stop lights installed, bike lanes added, and traffic-calming devices that all basically share the same goal: slow down drivers…

And remember that Pittsburgh has been called the Paris of Appalachia; it’s actually a good fit for these traffic-calming changes. While the majority of Pittsburgh’s trips are still taken using personal vehicles, more than 10% of the city’s residents walk to work, a disproportionately high amount for a mid-size city like Pittsburgh. Bike ridership rates have also increased each of the last several years. The city’s narrow streets and lack of alternate routes mean fewer chances to zoom through residential areas.