This portion of S 18th Street serves as an important connection to the popular Three Rivers Heritage Trail for cyclists and pedestrians in the South Side Flats neighborhood. This project will improve safety and comfort for these users with the City's first-ever advisory bike lanes (ABLs). A street with ABLs operates similarly to the many existing narrow streets Pittsburgh called "yield streets" in that motor vehicles travelling bi-directionally must navigate around each by moving into adjacent parking lanes when they meet head-on in their shared travel lane. With advisory bike lanes, drivers must first yield to cyclists in the adjacent dashed bike lane before they are permitted to enter the advisory bike lane to navigate around on another.
This location is in a park like setting with large volumes of bi-directional multi-modal traffic coming from the trails. However, motor vehicles on this portion of S 18th St are only travelling to the parking lot and boat launch, which loops back and functions as a dead end for those not travelling along the SS Trail.
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