City will provide extra parking for those using bikes to commute to work
Mayor William Peduto’s administration is providing new daily parking options for bike commuters who use the Eliza Furnace Trail.
Parking restrictions put into place in advance of construction of a new protected bike lane on Saline Street in Greenfield displaced some commuters who park their vehicles by the Eliza Furnace trailhead and bike to work each day. Other daily commuters commonly took advantage of free parking on Saline and would take buses to work.
To keep encouraging biking the city is planning to expand the number of parking spaces in the lot at the Eliza Furnace trailhead, and mark them only for weekday bike commuters. For those seeking to use the trail for mid-day exercise, parking at other spaces in the trailhead lot will remain restricted to three hours.
That work may take several weeks to complete so the city is providing another parking option immediately: Bike commuters may also park their vehicles at the soccer field in Junction Hollow, on Boundary Street just north of Saline Street. From there bicyclists can connect with the Eliza Furnace trail to get Downtown or go the opposite direction to travel to Oakland.
“Pittsburgh is becoming one of the best cities in the country for bicyclists, and we’re doing all we can to add even more bike-friendly infrastructure,” Mayor Peduto said.
Work on the Saline Street protected bike lane connecting with the Eliza Furnace Trail is beginning this week and, weather permitting, should be completed within two weeks. The city is also building two other protected bike lanes in Schenley Park and on Penn Avenue in Downtown in advance of the international Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in mid-September.
The lanes are the first phase of five new miles of protected lanes planned citywide in conjunction with People For Bikes.