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Mayor's Office will Release "Master Plan" for Bike Lanes, Parking by End of Year

Mayor Peduto says plan will balance need for parking with cyclists' needs for protected bike lanes.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto plans to release a master plan for city bike lanes by the end of the year.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the mayor's office says the plan will attempt to balance the concerns about adequate street parking downtown, alongside cyclists' need for lanes protected from traffic.

The Post-Gazette cites Parking Authority figures that show 162 on-street parking spaces became bike lanes from 2014 through the end of 2018, and four spots became Zipcar and bike rental stations.

However, these lost parking spaces have had an almost negligible effect on city parking revenues. Parking Authority data shows the lost revenue in 2018 from those spots accounted for 0.62% of total parking revenue.

Mayor Peduto told the Post-Gazette that bike lanes are an important part of city infrastructure and that 22 percent of city residents live in a household with no vehicle.

"People are dependent upon public transportation, and walking and biking is a very efficient way of transportation for city residents, and we want to be able to keep them safe," Peduto said.

Business owners along Penn Avenue and Liberty Avenue have expressed concern, however, that putting bike lanes in front of their storefronts will eliminate parking and decreased their number of customers.

Mayor Peduto joined other Pennsylvania mayors earlier this year, urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow for parking-protected bike lanes. This means the city could put bike lanes along the curb, then an area to parallel park between the street and the bike lane. The bill passed the House last week 200-1, and has moved to the Senate's Transportation Committee.

Make your voice heard! If you want to share your thoughts on bike lanes in Pittsburgh, you can click here to contact the mayor's office or here to contact a member of City Council .

To contact your state senator, you can click here .

For more information from BikePGH on bike lanes and safety in Pittsburgh, you can click here .

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