The discussion draft of this Master Plan is presented as an interactive annotated Google Map.
Area of interest
Our focus is on routes in and through Squirrel Hill that form a useful transportation network. Routes in adjacent neighborhoods are included where our plans need to mesh with theirs. Mostly this means nearby routes we might connect to, but the routes along the Mon are important because they connect the SW and SE corners of Squirrel Hill and provide connection to the GAP. We recognize that there are other recreational mountain biking routes in Schenley and Frick Parks, but we omit those in the interest of simplicity. If someone wants to create a new layer for recreational mountain biking, we can add that
Planners recognize four kinds of bicycle riders: “strong and fearless”, “enthused and confident”, “interested but concerned”, and “no way no how”. This plan identifies routes that will appeal to the enthused and confident and (especially) will attract the interested and concerned to bike more.
Key to the map
The plan is built in layers on a Google map. Each line on the map matches an entry in the left column. Clicking on either a line or a left-column entry brings up a prose explanation. Navigate like you would in Google Maps, turn layers off and on with the check box next to the layer name on the left. The layers are:
- Sq Hill boundary: a thin black line around Squirrel Hill.
- Outside Squirrel Hill: tints areas outside Squirrel Hill to make it easier to see our area of interest; you’ll probably want this off most of the time to make it easier to click on lines (thanks, Roy)
- Existing bike routes (green): the principal paved routes (I didn’t try to get absolutely every block or routes on campuses, just the main routes)
- Existing unpaved main routes (blue): the trails that are useful for getting from place to place (I did not include mountain biking trails in parks, for example)
- Bike routes in planning or design (red): This is from my memory; let me know what’s missing
- Missing links (purple): places we really should have routes to complete the network
- Hot spots (red-orange markers): high-priority problems, often safety issues, that need specific attention — these should be checked against the list of issues we collected a year ago last fall.