By Moriah Balingit / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
People don’t often draw parallels between Pittsburgh and London, two cities that sit an ocean and 3,000 miles apart.
But when Peter Murray, the chairman of New London Architecture, saw the Steel City from his bicycle, its narrow streets — built for a pre-automobile era — instantly brought him back to London.
“There’s quite a lot of similarities to London,” he said. “We think there are quite a lot of similar problems.”
The cyclists gathered Saturday at Bike Pittsburgh, whose Lawrenceville office is on one of those very streets — a narrow passageway flanked by parked cars — that may have reminded Mr. Murray of London. There, they talked shop with city officials — including bicycle/pedestrian coordinator Stephen Patchan and Councilman Bill Peduto’s policy director — and Bike Pittsburgh co-founders Scott Bricker and Louis Fineberg.