Mayor issues Executive Order on complete streets policy for city
Mayor William Peduto announced the city’s commitment to adopt a complete streets policy for Pittsburgh’s public rights of way.
The mayor issued an Executive Order calling on the City Planning director to work with all city departments, authorities and agencies to develop a complete streets policy and framework to guide the design, construction, maintenance, and use of the city’s public rights of way.
The policy will impact streets, sidewalks and other critical pieces of infrastructure used every day in the city by those of all ages and incomes, and those with disabilities, whether by driving, walking, bicycling, using public transportation, or providing emergency services.
“Investing in smart, multimodal transportation infrastructure is among the greatest needs facing Pittsburgh, and will not only support economic growth, but the health and safety of everyone in the city. Through complete streets policies and programs we will commit to the quality design and maintenance of rights of way, and further mark Pittsburgh as a leader in 21st Century planning,” Mayor Peduto said.
The Executive Order issued signaled the city’s commitment to guide investments in transportation infrastructure in ways that benefit all residents, businesses and visitors sustainably and intelligently.
“As Pittsburghers, we use our streets more than any other public asset of the city,” said Planning Director Ray Gastil. “The complete streets approach is about working together to make this shared property work better for the people who use our streets and rights of way every day.”
The policies are meant to assist all those using streets, sidewalks and other rights of way -- of every age, need, or type of travel -- and are supported by a wide range of advocates.
“AARP believes that an essential element of creating livable communities is ensuring that everyone, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to travel safely,” said AARP Pennsylvania State President Jim Palmquist.
“The mayor’s complete streets vision acknowledges that Pittsburghers get around in many different ways,” said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH. “This order is a great step to help make sure all Pittsburghers, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how they get around, will have the choice to travel safely and conveniently.”
The policy could include changes to city code to ensure the complete streets policy is codified in law; the formation of a Complete Streets Advisory Group to serve as an independent resource to assist with reviewing and guiding elements of this work; a review of existing design guidance and criteria and recommendations for necessary changes to ensure context-sensitive, multimodal outcomes; and a strategy for integrating a complete streets approach in major transit investments.