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How will the river trails evolve and grow?

Will the Mon system get a northern shore rt. to Braddock? Will the Strip gain a permanent trail past 16th? Can we connect to parks too?

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As it stands in 2018, after decades of hard work, Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a trails system which has been called world class. It affords views of the city's present which are unparalleled, and makes its way through the ruins of our uniquely large-scale industrial past. And we can make it better. Our bike/ped systems have room for improvement and expansion, especially when it comes to access in low-income and minority neighborhoods. In the Mon Valley, the trail system's northern shore fractures at Four Mile Run, where rail, the last big brownfield in the city, a large employer's park-and-ride-lot, a neighborhood and geographic constraints create a tangle of sidewalks, gravel bars, and dangerous traffic. Hazelwood is currently completely cut off. To its south, a potential trail to Braddock is hemmed in by rail crossings. The Glenwood Bridge, to the south shore, has stairs, but not ramps, to connect to the trail below. On the Allegheny, the northern shore trail has much to expand north. The southern shore stops at 16th - not good enough. Few hills up from the rivers to the East Liberty Valley, the flat "plateau" of Oakland and the East End, have protected & appropriate-grade bike paths. The river trails are great, but they are a *long way round* if one cannot get up into the city. The high hilltop neighborhoods could be connected by escalators, inclines, or other bike-friendly vertical-movement infrastructure.


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Hi Connor, welcome and thanks for your insightful post! It seems like you have a pretty good idea of what the current cycling layout looks like throughout the city. You mention quite a few areas of improvement that other folks are agreeing with...but I'm wondering, if you had to isolate one aspect that would be the ideal, first target, what would you say should be top priority?
-Aly, community facilitator

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Hi Aly!

I'm going to dodge the question - I don't think it's my place to set priority.

As an individual citizen, I have some projects I personally want to see done (chiefly, a safe path out of Hazelwood, where I reside), and though I have a sense of what could be better, I think Bike Pittsburgh, UCSUR, and the neighborhood communities themselves have a better understand than me of how best to prioritize improvements across the network.

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