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Transportation: Pedestrian-Bicycle Committee

[ About ] [ Meeting Minutes & Agendas ] [ Bicycle Suitability Evaluation Project ] [ 2014 Activities ]

About

Encouraging safe, efficient travel for pedestrians and cyclists is an important part of SPC's role as a regional transportation agency. Bicycling and walking offer excellent commuter options that support our overall mission to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Communities that are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly are also “livable,” providing residents with opportunities for recreation and community-enhancing economic development.

SPC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee addresses issues of concern and pursues priority improvements of regional significance. This committee is composed of representatives from SPC-member counties, the City of Pittsburgh, transit agencies, PENNDOT, trail organizations, and advocates for pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons with disabilities.

Bike Rider, with helmet, in Shadyside, Allegheny CountyMeeting Minutes & Agendas

To maintain ongoing discussions with the pedestrian and bicycle community, SPC holds quarterly meetings of the its Pedestrian-Bicycle Advisory Committee to bring together regional planning partners, funding agencies, advocates and local representatives to discuss issues and opportunities in the non-motorized transportation sector.  Topics of recent interest included PennDOT’s assessment of the rail corridor preservation process known as “railbanking” and the recent announcement of the rescission of several railbanked corridors, which will result in the elimination of existing hiking and biking trails in Armstrong and Centre Counties; information on the funding opportunity presented by the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program; and, the standardization and growth of the SPC bicycle counting program.

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August 14, 2013 Agenda Minutes
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August 8, 2012 Agenda Minutes
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October 12, 2011 Agenda Minutes
August 10, 2011 Agenda Minutes
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October 13, 2010 Agenda Minutes
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March 10, 2010 Agenda Minutes
October 14, 2009 Agenda Minutes
August 12, 2009 Agenda Minutes
May 13, 2009 Agenda Minutes
November 12, 2008 Agenda Minutes

Bicycle Suitability Evaluation Project

SPC’s transportation planners have undertaken a project to evaluate the cycling conditions of the regional state highway network.  Based on the evaluation of a combination of traffic volumes, roadway geometry, and field observations, maps will periodically be created that can be

Did You Know?

People around the world recognize southwestern Pennsylvania as a model of trail development. In a few years, with the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage and related trail development, Pittsburgh will be the northern terminus of a continuous, off-road trail extending from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

used as a reference tool by cyclists and cycling commuters. The maps indicate the roadways as being above average, average or below average for cycling, as well as other features relevant to cyclists such as significant hills, trails, park-n-ride lots, and bicycle parking.  These maps are intended to connect with and build out from the existing Bike-Pittsburgh Bike Map.

Note: The suitability ratings of the roadways apply to cyclists experienced in operating on the roadway network with other motorized vehicles.  Inexperienced cyclists looking for facilities free of motorized vehicles should view the SPC bike trail maps.

The preliminary bicycle suitability maps are available for Allegheny County and Greene County.  These maps were recently presented to the SPC Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and are available here for review and comment by cycling stakeholders.  Through this process the maps are available to everyone, however, please understand the maps are in their preliminary form and they will be evolving as we strive to improve them based on cyclist input.  Periodically, as the project moves forward, new maps will be posted for review for the other counties within the region.

View the preliminary maps and provide comment. 

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2014 Activities

Biker on Craig St., Allegheny County.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Community Planning
    • Economic Development South, Allegheny County
    • Northside Leadership Conference, Allegheny County
    • East Liberty Development, Inc., Allegheny County
    • East End Multi-Municipal Task Force, Allegheny County
    • County of Westmoreland
    • Borough of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County
  • SR 22 Pedestrian Accessibility Assessment, Borough of Blairsville, Westmoreland County
  • Pedestrian Connections Assessment, Borough of Latrobe, Westmoreland County

SPC also administers the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds on behalf of the region.  In 2014, more than two dozen applications were submitted for funding, with 9 projects being awarded $3.45 million:

Pedestrian and bicycle "traffic" on Forbes Ave, Oakland, Allegheny County.

SPC recommendations were also instrumental in the allocation of an additional $3 million in TAP funds awarded by PennDOT to projects in the SPC region.  Projects recommended by SPC and funded by PennDOT include:

SPC holds quarterly meetings of its Pedestrian-Bicycle Advisory Committee to bring together regional planning partners, funding agencies, advocates and local representatives to discuss issues and opportunities in the non-motorized transportation sector.

For more information about the Ped/Bike Committee, contact Sara Walfoort at (412) 391-5590 x339 or e-mail swalfoort@spcregion.org.

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