CMU, PennDOT Working On Plan For Safety Improvements On Forbes Ave.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hundreds of people gathered on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University Wednesday night for a meeting on planned improvements on Forbes Avenue.

The project would stretch from the Birmingham Bridge to Beeler Street, at the end of the CMU campus in Squirrel Hill.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to start next year and continue until 2018.

It includes the resurfacing of Forbes Avenue, updating traffic signals, improving intersections, and the main concern of many people at the CMU meeting, a bike lane around the area of Morewood and Forbes Avenues.

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PennDOT Executive Dan Cessna said, “Carnegie Mellon has been working on a strategic planning process for more than five years, looking at maybe reformulating lanes through the Carnegie Mellon campus to enhance pedestrian access and enhance bicyclists.”

Jessica Medenback is a CMU graduate student who is originally from Woodstock, New York.

She told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “They definitely need a bike lane, mainly because it doesn’t feel safe, because of the flow of traffic.”

Cyclist Andy Fortna, of Regent Square, commutes to work daily on his bike.

“Why shouldn’t bikes be safe?” Fortna said. “They make roads safer for cars, but they don’t make them safer for bikers.”

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  1. paulheckbert says:

    The bike lanes need to be protected. That is, not just paint on the road, but plastic poles, bollards, curbs, or planters to deter cars from veering into the bike lane and injuring or killing a cyclist.

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