Schenley Drive protected bike lanes provide real benefit to cyclists

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I’m writing with a follow-up on an article from about six weeks ago (“Pittsburgh Ready to Roll With Bike Lanes,” July 3) on the creation of several protected bike lanes in Pittsburgh.

I am a bicycle commuter who rides to work through Schenley Park; I have used the new protected bike lane on Schenley Drive (roughly a half-mile stretch, I believe) daily since its installation. I am delighted by the presence of this bike lane and the impact it has had on my morning commute; the delineation of “bicyclist space” vs. “motorist space” makes it easier for all vehicles on that stretch of road.

While I’ve rarely felt “threatened” on the roads as a cyclist, I am pleased to see Pittsburgh taking steps to make the city more bicycle-friendly where possible, and I believe that the installation of dedicated bike lanes where possible is a benefit for both cyclists and motorists.


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