Neighborways are low-traffic streets that prioritize pedestrians, bicycles, and other non-vehicular traffic and offer a safer, more comfortable alternative to busy arterial streets. Neighborways typically run through residential neighborhoods and use context-appropriate traffic calming tools to keep speeds slow and safe for all users. They aim to connect neighborhoods and feature clear signs and pavement markings to help people easily navigate through Pittsburgh.
Through its planning efforts, the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has identified streets that meet the requirements to be a Neighborway. These streets are:
- Owned by the City of Pittsburgh
- Have a maximum of two travel lanes
- Have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour
- Have maximum vehicle volumes of 1000 vehicles per day.
Example of a Traffic Circle on a Neighborway Route.
Like the streets and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh every Neighborway is different. To achieve our goals of reducing speeds and increasing safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, each block and intersection along the route may require different design solutions. These designs respond to the local conditions of the route. For example, a neighborhood street with a high rate of speeding may receive speed humps while a four-way, stop-controlled intersection may get a traffic circle to reduce chances of collisions and keep already slow traffic moving.
Wayfinding Signage & Shared-Lane Markings
Neighborways will be easy to identify and navigate because of signage and pavement markings throughout the corridor. Shared-lane pavement markings, otherwise known as “sharrows”, will guide bicyclists through the corridor and remind motorists to share the road.
Painted Bump Outs
Using line striping paint and sometimes including vertical flex posts, Painted Bump Outs reinforce the distance from an intersection where parking is not allowed, increasing safety and visibility for all modes in our roads’ most dangerous areas, the intersections. Throughout Pittsburgh it is already illegal to park within 30 feet of any intersection. Keeping this space clear is important to preserve sightlines for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians approaching the intersection.
Traffic circles are often an improvement to an existing four-way stop featuring a painted or concrete circle at the center of an intersection. This circle prevents bikes and vehicles from traveling straight through the intersection. Instead, anyone entering the intersection must yield then turn right around the circle until they exit the intersection. This turning movement improves safety by encouraging slower speeds and reduces potential conflicts by making everyone travel in the same direction.
Four Way Stop Intersection Movement:
Traffic Circle Movement:
Wider and less jarring than the more commonly know speed bumps, these speed humps encourage slower speeds and discourage unnecessary non-local traffic. They are comfortable for all modes to travel over when travelling at appropriate speeds.
Critical Gap Solutions
Sometimes there are opportunities to connect Neighborways for bicyclists and pedestrians with ramps, trails, stairways with runnels, and other creative solutions. An example of this is the shared-use ramp that was installed in the South Side Neighborway underneath the Birmingham Bridge.
For more informatation about current and upcoming Neighborway projects please see our Current Projects Page.