MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Neighborhood Slow Street Program

Review & Approval Process

Approved Neighborhood Slow Streets typically:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria
  • Demonstrate support from local residents and property owners
  • Meet one or more of the priority criteria
  • Demonstrate that signage and traffic materials can be monitored and maintained by residents

Eligible Streets
Designated Slow Streets should be both low volume and residential. Streets with higher vehicle volumes, fixed route transit service, or designated emergency routes are ineligible.

Priority Criteria
DOMI will give preference to applications that demonstrate support from residents and community organizations of the local neighborhood. 


Priority will also be given to streets that: 

  • Form a connected network with existing Slow Streets
  • Are potential routes in the draft Pittsburgh Bike(+) Plan. 
  • Are in higher density areas.
  • Lead to parks, groceries, transit stations, or other commonly used public areas. 
  • Lack significant park or open space areas. 
  • Lack sidewalks or safe, accessible pedestrian networks. 
  • Are in census tracts with lower auto ownership rates. 

 

Signage & Barriers

DOMI will provide the applicant with the appropriate signage and barriers to indicate the designated Slow Street. DOMI staff will also provide guidance to indicate the correct placement for the slow street materials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure barriers are in safe condition and in the designated location each day.

 

FAQ

What happens during the review process?
The review and approval process includes: 

  1. Technical review for eligibility using available street classifications, draft or adopted plans, available data, and field visits if necessary. 
  2. Qualitative review for quality and robustness of outreach, level of demonstrated support, capacity to post and maintain signage and barriers, and the location’s alignment with articulated preferences and priorities.
  3. Agreement - If approved, DOMI will issue an agreement document for the applicant to review. This agreement will outline the terms and conditions of the program, including maintenance requirements.

 

What types of signage & barriers will be provided?
DOMI will provide sandwich-board barriers and traffic cones, as well as slow street signage to attach to the barriers.

 

How long does it typically take for an application to be reviewed once it is submitted?
Once the application is submitted, DOMI will typically notify the applicant within 3 - 5 weeks if the application was approved or denied.

If the application was approved, it typically takes 2 - 3 weeks before signage and barriers can be created and installed.

We appreciate your patience as we implement this popular program!

 

How do I indicate support for a Slow Street submitted by someone else?
If you’re able, coordinate with the original applicant to include in the notes section that you’re in support of the slow street application. If the application has already been submitted, feel free to email slow.street@pittsburghpa.gov to indicate your support for a given street.

 

Why would my application for a Slow Street be denied?
An application may be denied if it does not meet the eligibility criteria or does not align with priority criteria. If there is not sufficient support or reasoning indicated on the application, the application may be denied. If there is already a Slow Street in the immediate vicinity of a proposed Slow Street, it may be denied to ensure that all areas of the city get to benefit from this program.

 

Can I make my Slow Street permit permanent?
If you would like to see more permanent traffic calming measures on your street, consider applying to DOMI’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.

 

Can my Slow Street permit be cancelled?
The Neighborhood Slow Streets pilot is an initiative to support community health and well-being. If at any time DOMI deems the initiative or any block or street designated as a Neighborhood Slow Street as not producing the intended results, it may be cancelled, without notice, and the street returned to prior operations. 

 

Which streets in Pittsburgh are designated Neighborhood Slow Streets?
You can see a full list of active Neighborhood Slow Streets here:

 

Contact

For more information, please contact slow.street@pittsburghpa.gov