Start this beautiful day (it’s supposed to be 64 and sunny) with a free breakfast at the downtown end of the Jail Trail (Ft Pitt Blvd & Grant St), talk to fellow members, and be part of the very first Streetfilms short film about Pittsburgh! If you like Facebook, you can RSVP to breakfast here.
Not a member? Not a problem. You can join online or on-site for an event special of $25 and you can support the work we’re doing to make Pittsburgh a safer place to ride. You can also register for our Barter Membership program and volunteer your time to making Pittsburgh a great place to live and ride.
New Bike Lanes Wednesday?
Did you know that BikePGH pays for much of the City’s bike lane engineering?
Over the past year, we worked diligently with the City of Pittsburgh to plan for and design over 12 miles of new bike lanes that we have been waiting patiently to see installed. The City’s contractor was supposed to install these markings last week, but didn’t. We are on the edge of our seats because the end of painting season is fast approaching.
Will we see these new bike lanes and sharrows go in before it’s too late? And will the City be able to get all 25 miles of new lanes in that the Mayor pledged by the end of next year?
We’ve received word from the City that bike lanes and sharrows are on schedule for the week of November 10 (weather permitting).
Streetfilms on Wednesday Night
We’re also planning a special event for Wednesday night to show some of the best Streetfilms and have a lively discussion on the possibilities for Pittsburgh. Save the date, location and more details announced.
There’s a chance that this could also turn into a celebration of our new bike lanes, if they are installed. If not, we can frame the discussion on the future and how we’d like it to look.
If you’re not familiar with the work of Streetfilms, I recommend you check out some of their ~200 videos documenting livable streets around the world. Their work has been instrumental in persuading city official to make major changes in favor of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure around the country.
According to Leah Shahum, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition:
“Streetfilms’ Ciclovia was critical in our efforts to engage city leaders to start our own Sunday Streets program. Showing the video to our Mayor was the next best thing to flying him to Bogota to witness the joys of Ciclovia firsthand. The success of San Francisco’s Sunday Streets owes a great debt to Streetfilms’ pioneering work.”