What We're Talking About

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has helped local businesses extend into the public right-of-way and Pittsburgh residents to use streets for physically distant recreation and traffic calming. Below are some examples.

DOMI Wants to Hear from You.

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) began opening streets, parking lanes, and sidewalks for outdoor commerce and recreation in late Spring 2020.

DOMI's COVID-19 Streets Response is made up of two programs:

1. Neighborhood Slow Streets Pilot Program:

This program permits the designation of certain low volume residential streets as neighborhood slow streets to permit safe outdoor activity close to home while allowing for the physical distancing necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19. By discouraging all non-local traffic and encouraging very low speeds for all vehicles on a limited number of streets, the City has created more places for our community to safely walk, run, bike, scoot, and roll.

Please take a moment to take the short survey about Neighborhood Slow Streets below:

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2. Temporary Outdoor Dining & Retail Program:

(formerly "Commercial Street Modification for Outdoor Operations")

This program offers four primary types of street modification requests to commercial businesses based on their level of impact to the existing design of the street:

1. Curb Side Pick-Up/Delivery Zones have the lowest impact, allowing businesses to share parking spots for delivery orders and customers who opt for take-out.

2. Sidewalk Cafes allow businesses to use existing sidewalk space.

3. Parking Lane Cafes allow businesses (mostly restaurants) to expand into parking lanes.

4. Full Street Closures are large block-long parking lane modification or even full street closures.

Please take a moment to take the short survey about the Temporary Outdoor Dining & Retail Program (Commercial Street Modification for Outdoor Operations Program) below:

Temporary Outdoor Dining & Curbside Pickup Locations

As DOMI looks to improve Neighborhood Slow Streets and Temporary Outdoor Dining & Retail, the department wants to hear what Pittsburgh residents and businesses have to say about the programs. Are they helpful? What would you change?

Please take a moment to explore this page and offer your honest feedback. The COVID-19 Streets Response website is also linked here.

17 June, 2021

ds says:

“Create more curbside pick-up/temporary parking spots in busy areas, or free Parkmobile zones for 5 minute or less parking.”

14 May, 2021

AT says:

“Better signage and more flexibilty with how streets could be used. Like allow to use parking spaces.”

4 March, 2021

Johnnywalker says:

“Get rid of them. Waste of tax payers money especially when the cones and signs disappear. ”

15 February, 2021

Jerrod says:

“Speed bumps unless the cops want to get off their butts and actually write a ticket or two.”

15 February, 2021

jaytingwalker says:

“More streets without cars! Walnut St. Murray Ave. Butler St.”

3 February, 2021

Kimberly.Reding says:

“What about using parking lots for outdoor dining? It may give off food festival vibes but I think it would help a lot of small businesses.”

31 January, 2021

Clara says:

“Sidewalks and streets are public goods. Don't divert them to support Clive Bundy-style restauranteurs.”

31 January, 2021

Clara says:

“Don't allow private business to use public sidewalks or streets for their own profit. These are public goods. ”

28 January, 2021

Scott says:

“Slow Streets: 1. Signs need to be easier to read (bigger symbols/fewer words) 2. Should use saw horses, not just easily moved A-frames/cones”

25 January, 2021

bonbon says:

“Expand requirements for streets to qualify. streets in Beechview where people speed all the time and trucks do not obey NO TRUCK sign.”

21 January, 2021

RB says:

“More enforcement of slow streets from authority. Even with signs and adults watching kids, I saw many cars speed past our slow street signs.”

21 January, 2021

Toni says:

“Go away with them”