Ohhhh! Sharrows!

There’s some good news for all of you fans of biking and the Strip District —

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration today announced that new lane markings have been placed on Penn Avenue from 32nd Street to 25th Street, the first half of a shared lane system that will eventually run to 16th Street. Read the Post Gazette article

For more information about the marked lanes, check out Bike Pittsburgh —

As of this post, the sharrows have only been installed from 31st St to 26th St, but the plans call for them all the way to 16th St. One of the most important functions of this set of markings is to connect Penn Ave with the current bike lanes on Liberty Ave. Once the Liberty Ave bike lanes end (heading inbound), Liberty Ave gets pretty treacherous with how fast cars tend to travel. Inbound cyclists can now take a marked route from Liberty Ave in Bloomfield onto 32nd St and then over to Penn Ave through the Strip District. Read the Bike Pittsburgh post

Also included on the page is an explanation of the term “sharrows”.