League of American Bicyclists awards Pittsburgh a “Bronze Level” Bike-Friendly Community

BRONZE!

Pittsburgh’s cycling community got recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as Bronze!

Events, maps, education, organizations, and all of the fun things to do on a bike, whether it’s on a road, cycling oval, single track, or riverfront trail, as well as a commitment from the Mayor’s office to install bicycling infrastructure led to this momentous award.  We’ve certainly come a long way since 1990, when Pittsburgh was ranked one of the worst three cities in the country in which to ride a bike.  We’ve even come a long way since 2003, when this article was written in the Post-Gazette.

Notice at the time, BikePGH had 75 members.  Currently, we’re about to break 1,200 members.

We’ll have a more in depth analysis next week.  In the meantime, go out, ride and celebrate our Bronze!

The League of American Bicyclists, one of the oldest bicycling organizations in the world, bases their awards on the “five E’s,” and ranks communities as either Honorable Mention, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Here are the guidelines for Bronze:

Bronze
Communities exhibit a strong commitment to cycling that is still in its beginning stages.  There is certainly “room to grow” but notable steps are being made in the right direction.

  • Engineering Community recently implemented a policy to engineer streets with the consideration of bicyclists and/or is beginning to develop a trail network.  Facilities conform to the currently recognized safety standards.
  • Education Community holds bicycle safety events, provides opportunities for bicycle education.
  • Encouragement Community hosts a Bike to Work Day or community ride.
  • Enforcement Officers are familiar with laws relating to bicyclists.
  • Evaluation & Planning The community is familiar with and responsive to the needs of cyclists. A bicycle master plan or chapter in another document has been developed and approved. Bicycle mode share is above average for U.S. communities.

Not a member of BikePGH? 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

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