The project includes both bicycle and pedestrian facilities to enhance non-motorized transportation connections throughout the project area. The trail will expand upon the existing network of bicycle and pedestrian routes, including improvements to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail (Junction Hollow Trail) in Schenley Park, to provide one continuous connection from Oakland to Hazelwood.
Bike/Ped Trail Design Updates
Currently, the project team is designing Phase One of the project, which includes the Junction Hollow & 4 Mile Run segments of the project. In this area, the 3 Rivers Heritage Trail will be rebuilt and enhanced to complement the 4 Mile Run Stormwater Improvements. The project team is working closely with PWSA to ensure the design of the Mobility Corridor and 3 Rivers Heritage Trail will be flexible and responsive to the stormwater design needs. As that work progresses, the project team will conduct field surveys and geotechnical investigations throughout the project area. Phase Two, the Sylvan Avenue Segment of the project will supplement the 3 Rivers Heritage Trail that runs parallel along the riverfront and provide additional bike and pedestrian connectivity from 4 Mile Run to Hazelwood.
2017/2018 Study Phase Bike/Pedestrian Recommendations
The Study Phase identified a recommended route for the Bike/Ped Trail, including recommendations for lighting and materials.
Bike/Ped Trail Route
In addition to the base Bike/Ped Trail route, potential locations for additional infrastructure to allow safer pedestrian connectivity between the neighborhoods have been identified. Due to topographical challenges, the Study Phase recommended that several city steps be reopened or built new. In these cases, a bike runnel (a channel alongside the steps to make it easier to walk a bicycle up or down the stairway) should be installed.
Connections from the main route were also examined conceptually during the 2017/2018 study phase and will be analyzed further in the design phase to determine feasibility.
Lights & Materials
The 2017/2018 Study made several recommendations about the lighting and material for the Bike/Ped Trail:
- Investigate the use of permeable paving materials
- Use lighting that enhances safety, without increasing light pollution
Install wayfinding measures to make it easy to navigate the route
For more details on the recommendations, view the Mobility Plan.