200 free bike racks to be distributed around the city. Want one for your business? Read on!
Mayor Ravenstahl speaks about cycling initiatives while State Sen. Jim Ferlo, State Sen. Wayne Fontana, Councilman Patrick Dowd, and BikePGH’s Scott Bricker look on.
The City installed the first of 200 new bike racks in front of Enrico’s Biscotti Co in the Strip District this morning. The racks, in the iconic Three Rivers Bike rack design, are to go to business districts and small businesses as part of the Mayor’s Taking Care of Business Districts program. BikePGH donated one hundred of the racks to the city (for small businesses, made possible through the Richard King Mellon Foundation and William Benter Foundation), while the City matched them with another 100 that will go into business districts.
The event drew an impressive crowd of cyclists, media and movers and shakers who were greeted with delicious baked goods from Enrico’s. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl introduced the program, followed by speeches from BikePGH’s Scott Bricker, State Senator Jim Ferlo, State Senator Wayne Fontana, and Councilman Patrick Dowd.
The next step is placing the racks around town. Many businesses throughout the city have already requested racks, and will get first dibs. The rest of the racks will be distributed using a new online request form. Once a business requests a rack, the location will be assessed to make sure it complies with ADA and other right-of-way standards. If the site is in compliance, public works will then install a rack. As they are in the public right-of-way, the City assumes liability on the racks thereafter.
If you own a business that is located in a City business district and/or you are a small business owner, you are eligible for a bicycle rack.
Not a member of Bike Pittsburgh? Join today! We need you to add your voice! Bike Pittsburgh works to protect cyclist’s rights and promote the vision of making Pittsburgh a safer and more enjoyable place to live and to ride. For more info, check out: www.bike-pgh.org/membership