Complete Streets Connections
Over time, at the focal points that terminate the key perpendicular connections from the neighborhood, the existing asphalt trail may incorporate more inviting materials. The focal points will be marked by the use of interesting patterns of stone or concrete pavers, as well as wood decking at the overlooks.
Site furnishings at these focal points should be selected to reflect the unique material palette established for the site, and should be clustered to create social seating for the public.
Many of these focal points also offer the opportunity to step or ramp down closer to the water’s edge, giving users multiple experiences of the riverfront and, in some cases, enabling water access.
Each of these perpendicular connections correlates with streets that fall under the City of Pittsburgh’s Complete Streets executive order. The Complete Streets policy requires planning of public streets, sidewalks, and other critical infrastructure to meet the daily needs of users of all ages, incomes, and abilities, and accommodate a mix of pedestrian and transportation uses.