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Lower speeds, extra bike lanes possibly coming to improve cycling safety

PITTSBURGH — Lower speeds or extra bike lanes could be on the table in parts of Pittsburgh, part of an effort to improve safety for cyclists.

City officials said Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside is the second most-biked route in all of Pittsburgh, but there isn't much for bicyclists other than a few shared lane markings, many of which are hard to see.

That could soon change.

Officials are reviewing ways to connect an area stretching through East Liberty, Shadyside and Oakland.

Executives with Bike Pittsburgh said it’s a dangerous area for bikers, and they’re pleased to know something might be done.

“There is a trail system at one end. There's a business district at the other. There's a lot of people who live in this area and, like I said, some of the highest counts in the city in terms of people riding bikes, so we can make it a lot safer. There have been a number of crashes along this corridor according to our data,” Scott Bricker, Bike Pittsburgh executive director, said.

City officials said they are in the very early planning stages and nothing has been decided yet.

A public meeting during which officials will take feedback is scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Liberty K-5.