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Mobility & Access

The Mobility and Access topic focuses on the safe, comfortable, equitable, and convenient movement of people within and beyond the community’s borders. It includes means of human-powered and vehicular mobility, such as walking, driving, transit use and cycling, as well as related matters like parking, emergency services, and accessibility. Considerations will be given to both how people travel through the community and access destinations.

Rank your top three modes of transportation in terms of how often you use them.

Driving alone


Driving (carpool, vanpool, riding with someone else)

Public transportation - T (light rail)


Bicycle or manual scooter

Public transportation - bus

Motorcycle or motor scooter

A stacked bar graph with 8 rows in descending order. The rows are split to show whether that mode of transportation was someone's first, second, or third choice. The first row is about 85%, and the last row is about 2%.

How many registered, functional motor vehicles do you have available for your household's use?

A pie chart with three sections. "One or two" takes up a little over 75%, "None" is a barely visible sliver, and "Three or more" makes up the rest.

Three or more

One or two


What type of fuel does your primary vehicle use?

A pie chart. "Gasoline" makes up about 85% of the circle, with "Hybrid electric - self-charging" coming in next with about 10%. From there, "Fully electric," "Hybrid electric - plug-in," and "Diesel" have respectively smaller and smaller pieces.

Hybrid electric - self-charging

Hybrid electric - plug-in


Fully electric


How should the following types of pedestrian improvements rank, in terms of investment priority?

Build sidewalks where they are missing on busy collector and arterial streets

Repair and maintain sidewalks in areas with the most people walking


Provide more safe ways to cross busy collector and arterial streets

Provide safe walking paths where they are missing on residential streets

Provide safer walking paths on neighborhood greenways

A stacked bar graph with six rows, each split into six sections representing which choice people put it as. They're sorted from most first-choice votes to fewest first-choice votes.

First choice

Second choice

Third choice

Fourth choice

Fifth choice

Sixth choice

Which destinations do you access by public transit?

Downtown cultural activities

North Shore stadiums and/or casino


Downtown restaurants

North Shore restaurants

Place of employment (via the T)

Other neighborhood business districts (Dormont, Beechview, etc.)

Place of employment (via the bus)

South Hills shopping and dining (i.e. South Hills Village)


A bar graph with 10 rows arranged in descending order, from about 50% to about 5%.

What are the drawbacks or barriers to using public transit more often?

Total time of travel

Destination is not accessible or convenient by transit

Home is not proximate to a transit stop

Stops are at inconvenient times

Vehicle is needed at destination


Cost of ridership

A bar chart with 7 rows arranged in descending order, from about 50% to about 10%.

What are your five most common destinations within Mt. Lebanon?

This survey included questions about mode choice for each top destination, as well as neighborhoods where survey takers live. This data provides incredibly rich insight as the planning process further explores route priorities and potential types of improvements. For one example, details are included below on Uptown, the most popular destination within Mt. Lebanon.

Uptown Business District

Grocery stores (Giant Eagle, Shop n Save, Fresh Market)


Main Park (Swim Center, Ice Center, Tennis Center, Ball Fields, Playgrounds, etc.)

Beverly Road Business District

Neighborhood elementary/middle school


Medical office or health care provider

High school

Castle Shannon Boulevard Business District

Natural park or green space (Bird, Robb Hollow, Twin Hills, McNeilly, Hoodridge)

Place of worship

Regular exercise location (gym, yoga studio, walk/cycle route)

T stops

Neighborhood park

Place of employment

Bus stops

Golf course


Other business destination

Other school

A bar chart with 21 rows arranged in descending order, from around 65% down to about 3%.

How often do you visit the Uptown Business District?

A pie chart. "At least once per week" and "A few times per month" each take up about 40% of the circle. "Daily" has around 20%, "Once every few months" has around 15%, and the remainder is filled by "A few times per year"

Once every few months

Daily (or most business days)

At least once per week

A few times per month

A few times per year

What mode of transportation do you most often use to travel to the Uptown Business District?

A pie chart. "Walk" has about 1/3 of the circle, "Private vehicle" has around 2/3 of the circle, and all other options have slivers.


Public transit

Private vehicle

Drive or walk

Carpool/rideshare (including Uber/Lyft)


When I visit the Uptown business district, I generally opt for:

Parking in a metered on-street space closest to my destination


Parking in a municipal garage

Parking in an off-street lot closest to my destination

Parking in a non-meter on-street space farther away

Riding a bicycle


Parking in a reserved accessible parking space

Taking public transportation

A bar graph with 9 rows arranged in descending order, from about 60% down to about 2%.

The following questions were asked of those who indicated that they typically use or prefer to use a private vehicle.

Is the Uptown Business District within a 20-minute walk from your house?

A pie chart. About 50% represents "Yes," 1/3 represents "No," and the remainder represents "Not sure"


Not sure


Is the Uptown Business District within a 20-minute bike ride from your house?

A pie chart. Around 80% represents "Yes," and the remainder is split evenly between "Not sure" and "No"


Not sure


Is the Uptown Business District accessible from your house by public transit?

A pie chart. About 2/3 represents "No," 25% represents "Not sure," and the remainder represents "Yes."


Not sure


Why do you generally choose not to walk/bike to the Uptown Business District?

Route is too hilly

Ease of vehicle access (including total travel time)

Safety concerns about vehicle traffic along route

Transporting too many items to walk/bike with (groceries, equipment, etc.)

Weather conditions

Lack of sidewalks or bike lanes on route

Destination is part of larger route that is too far to walk or bike

Transporting others who cannot walk/bike the route

Concerns about time of day/darkness


Disability, illness, or medical condition

Can't or don't know how to ride a bike

A bar graph with 12 rows arranged in descending order, from about 45% to about 5%.
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