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Your voice is important
While BikePGH works on better biking and walking full time, we are only one piece of the puzzle. We still need your voice. Although we have members in every city neighborhood, it’s necessary for residents to contact their elected officials with problems, praises, and making sure that they are aware of your desire to live in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood. Our message is amplified when citizens take the time to contact decision makers.
Walk Ride Northside, the bike/ped committee of the Northside Leadership Conference, is hosting the Northside Bicycle Summit at the Carnegie Science Center Science Stage on Thursday, December 12, at 6PM. The evening will consist of keynote speakers highlighting the current and future state of important bike issues in the Northside.
Admission is free and there will be a Q&A session at the end.
The speakers are:
Former Mayor Tom Murphy
Bike Pittsburgh: Eric Boerer, Advocacy Director
Allegheny County: Darla Cravotta, Director, Community Relations and Special Projects
City of Pittsburgh: Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, Karina Ricks, Director
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee
12/12/2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Room 202
SQUIRREL HILL URBAN COALITION BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) has created a neighborhood Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee to ensure that our streets, sidewalks, and paths are safe and mutually respectful for all users – pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. We also want to ensure that Squirrel Hill is an integral participant, along with the Greater Pittsburgh bicycling-pedestrian community, in all planning and policy considerations regarding street safety, usage, and accessibility undertaken by authorities in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the region.
The Committee’s goals are to:
• Enhance infrastructure so as to Improve safety, visibility, and accessibility
• Support the “Complete Streets” initiative of the City of Pittsburgh
• Recognize and strengthen the multimodal character of transportation in and through Squirrel Hill
• Celebrate, preserve, and promote the great walkability of our neighborhood, including healthful usage and accessibility of Frick and Schenley Parks
• Review and develop ideas for improving and adding to the bicycle and pedestrian routes in and through Squirrel Hill from eastern parts of Pittsburgh, connecting to Oakland, the Eliza Furnace Trail, and points to the north and south
• Communicate with residents and business owners to identify common concerns and to discuss and develop pertinent strategies and action plans
• Reach out to, and collaborate with, other neighborhood organizations, advocacy groups, and City, County, and regional authorities in pursuit of these goals.
The SHUC Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee meets the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 PM, in Room 202 of the Squirrel Hill Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue.
Committee Coordinator: Marshall A. Hershberg, email@example.com, 412-709-8052
Committee Co-Chair: Richard Feder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Location varies. Please email SSSmartStreets@gmail.com or the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SSSmartStreets/ to find the meeting.
Description: SSSS meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at a different neighborhood location, in order to get to know our neighborhood and its needs and assets! Our mission is to achieve safer streets, walkways, steps, and infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, improving the quality of life of residents, employees, and guests of Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Please contact us with any questions, concerns, and ideas. And, please join us!!
12/23/2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm Sharpsburg Borough Hall, 1611 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, USA
The Allegheny Bike/Ped Corridor Committee is a citizen-led advocacy initiative to create Allegheny River communities with healthy, safe and accessible non-motorized connections for all ages. Current membership is from Aspinwall, Sharpsburg, and O'Hara and we are seeking participation from adjoining communities along the Allegheny River.
12/24/2019 @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, United States
Our group came together because we care about Bloomfield. We wanted to make the most of Bloomfield’s great characteristics as a walkable and vibrant neighborhood. Though, we were also concerned about the challenges that come from so many people traveling throughout Bloomfield everyday. We decided that our group would work to make the most of these unique characteristics by advocating for infrastructure enhancements to Bloomfield streets that balances all the ways people get around--whether they are on a bike, on a bus, in a car, or on foot.
If you want to learn more, come to our meetings! We meet at 6:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the East End Book Exchange (4754 Liberty Ave).
You can also email us at BloomfieldStreets@gmail.com.
Please join us at our next meeting and help us ensure that Bloomfield is an accessible place for all people – no matter their form of transportation.
12/25/2019 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm Ross Township Community Center Board Room, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive; Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
Our meetings are the 4th Wednesday of every month. The Committee is working on ways to make Ross Township residents more connected to our numerous amenities and the entire region via improved sidewalks, trails, and bike routes.
Contact: Joe Brandt email@example.com
The key people to focus on are your elected officials, your employer, and government agencies.
Locally, the most important individuals to connect with are Mayor Bill Peduto (click here to email him) and Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald (click here to email him). Call their office, send a letter, or email them stating that you’re a voter and that it’s important to you to make our region’s streets, business districts, and places of employment more bike friendly.
Next, in order of importance, is your city councilperson. It’s the councilperson’s job to represent the interests of the specific neighborhood(s) in which they got elected. They can’t represent those interests if they don’t know what matters to their constituents (i.e. you). So, if you care about making Pittsburgh a better place to ride a bike please take a second to find out who your councilperson is, and write him or her and tell them that you’d like your neighborhood to be made more bike-friendly! Most likely, you’ll be surprised at how engaged they are and the response you’ll receive.
Here are some talking points:
Implement the City of Pittsburgh Bicycle Plan
Install bike lanes whenever possible
Calm traffic using speed humps, “your speed is” signs, pedestrian bump outs better crosswalks, and pedestrian signals
THANK THEM!!!! If you see something you like, let them know! They get a lot of complaints, so praises go really far!
Write a Letter to the Editor
Anyone who’s read the comments section of our local newspapers know that we have a long way to go for people to accept biking on city streets. That’s why it’s crucial that we write to our papers when issues arise, or if new infrastructure that you like has been installed. Otherwise, only the voices of opposition are being heard.