Oakland Business District Pedestrian Count

Ped Count

To better understand the Oakland Business District’s market place, the OBID has requested the help of the University of Pittsburgh to do a pedestrian count in Central Oakland’s busiest corridor.  With the leadership and help of Mark Magalotti, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer and Codirector of the Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure at the University, PYRO-Box pedestrian counters made by Eco-terCouns have been set up to collect data on foot and cycling traffic in the business district.

The counters record the number of pedestrians by direction and data is summarized per hour. Magalotti’s team anticipates running the counters for about two weeks, and the 24/7 information will then be compared to the manual counts of pedestrians the team is collecting during the district’s busiest times – lunch and dinner hours.  Magalotti’s team consists of MD Shakir Mahmud, a graduate student in the transportation engineering program, and Nathaniel Dirks, a graduate student who installed the pedestrian counters.

“This project has provided an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in transportation engineering to gain experience in pedestrian data collection and understand the importance of measuring pedestrian activity levels as it related to urban business districts,” said Magalotti… “The project is being conducted as a public service project for OBID by the student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers,” Magalotti continued.

PennDOT Public Meeting – Forbes Avenue Betterment Project


Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration along with Carnegie Mellon University organized a Public meeting to share the design plans and schedule for the Forbes Avenue Betterment Project (Forbes Avenue from Birmingham Bridge to Beeler Street) and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project (Forbes Avenue from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets). Proposed project items include repaving of roadway, restriping of crosswalks, upgrading all pedestrian signals to audible signals, replacing up to three traffic signals in between Halket and South Bouquet streets, installing bike lanes on each side of the road from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets and placing six new traffic signals from South Craig Street to Margaret Morrison Street. The work is scheduled to be bid out in November 2017 with construction beginning in 2018. For more information go to: http://pedestrianstudy.otmapgh.org/

At this time, there are no proposed plans to change traffic patterns for the stretch spanning from the Birmingham Bridge to Bigelow Boulevard. OBID will continue to update our members on the project progress and we will work with our partners to organize future meeting opportunities and to gage OBID member feedback.