Pedestrian & Bicycle Amenities
There are several aspects of the Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor Improvement Project that address the concerns for increased safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists. The construction plan includes a pedestrian bridge, enhanced street level cross walks at all intersections, completion of missing trail connections on the waterfront side of the parkway, bike lanes on State Street, and traffic calming measures throughout the corridor.
Below is a video of the planned pedestrian and bicycle improvements planned along the Bayfront Parkway.
Below is a video of the planned pedestrian and bicycle updates on State Street
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information about the pedesterian and bicylist aspects of the project. More questions and answers can be found by clicking on the FAQ tile below.
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Yes, there are several aspects of the selected alternative that address the concerns for increased safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists. The plan includes three pedestrian bridges, enhanced street level cross walks at all intersections, completion of missing trail connections on the waterfront side of the parkway, bike lanes on State Street, and traffic calming measures throughout the corridor.
The Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor Project includes the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that the intersection with Holland Street. This bridge will feature a cable-stay design with a gradual switch-back design on the waterfront side for accessibility. On the bluff side, it will start partially up the hill, eliminating the need for pedestrians to travel the steep incline and increase ease of crossing for those with disabilities. For renderings of the bridge, go to the Holland Street page of the project website.
Among the safety enhancements of roundabouts is slower traffic speeds and pedestrian crossings with refuge areas. The Bayfront Parkway Project proposes two roundabouts, one at Holland Street and the other at Sassafras Street Extension. At each of these locations, pedestrians will be directed to cross in areas where traffic will be headed in a single direction. Pedestrians will cross the one direction of traffic and stop at a refuge area and then cross the other direction of traffic. This will eliminate the need for pedestrians to cross traffic heading in opposing directions. Cyclists will have the option to maneuver through the roundabout as a pedestrian or in the travel lanes. More information about Roundabouts and their safety enhancements in available on the PennDOT website.
Yes, the grade separated intersection to be constructed at State Street will enhance pedestrian safety in two major ways:
- First, the current plans create a smaller intersection at current street level that will decrease the length of the pedestrian crosswalk from 86 feet to 31 feet.
- Second, a traffic analysis of the intersection determined that once the grade separation is in place, average daily traffic at the street level intersection will decrease significantly.
- These improvements mean the pedestrians wanting to walk across the Bayfront Parkway at State Street will only have to cover nearly half the distance with less than a third of the traffic, which will be a substantial improvement to safety there.