Alta led the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan component of the overall Transportation Master Plan project for the City of Pittsburgh.

Alta staff utilized unique modeling techniques, including Cycle Zone Analysis, Bikeway Quality Index, and StreetPlan, to develop a city-wide network of bike facilities, new riverfront trails, connections to bridges, priority locations for sidewalks, and intersection enhancements to enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

These efforts were supported by a robust public outreach effort that includes a project website, social networking applications, and stakeholder and neighborhood meetings and workshops.

One of the critical challenges in developing a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly environment in Pittsburgh was the steep topography that surrounds downtown on three sides. Connectivity to the neighborhoods at the tops of the hill or the other side will be met with a combination of bike facilities and way-finding that allow bicyclists to bypass the most steeply-sloped streets. With seamless connections in the future, Pittsburgh will have one of the world’s great inner-city greenway networks.

A year into the planning process, the City and a non-profit brought in Alta to plan a bike share system. Alta developed the 50-station plan, wrote a business plan and created the fully-permitted bid package. The program was launched in early 2015 and has experienced great success.