Become an Advocate

Your voice is important

While BikePGH works on better biking and walking full time, we still need your voice. We are only one piece of the puzzle. While we have members in every 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.

Join or start a neighborhood bike/ped committee

Several neighborhood residents and organizations have begun to work toward making their streets better for biking and walking, while building a local community of bicyclists. Below are some contacts.

Northside: Northside Leadership Conference Walk Ride Northside

Lawrenceville: Better Streets Lawrenceville

Eastern Suburbs: Share the Road East, Contact: Mike Boyd

South Hills: Economic Development South Bike/Ped Committee

Millvale: Millvale Borough Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee

Oakland: Oakland Planning and Development Green Team

Bloomfield: Bloomfield Livable Streets Committee

Regent Square: RSCA Bike/Ped Committee

South Side: South Side Smart Streets

Polish Hill: Polish Hill Civic Association Traffic Calming Committee: Contact Kalie

Highland Park and East Liberty: HP-EL Bike-Ped Committee: Contact Anne Marie

Squirrel Hill: Squirrel Hill Bike Ped Committee

Walk Bike Ross: Contact: Jeremy Shaffer

Shaler: Walk Bike Shaler Contact: Chris Chirdon

Region: SPC Bike/Ped Committee

Don’t see your neighborhood on the list? Consider starting your own Neighborhood Bike/Ped Committee.

Calendar of public meetings, bike/ped committees, etc

October 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Highland Park/East Liberty Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee
  • South Side Smart Streets
  • City-Wide Public Safety Meeting
  • Oakland Green Team
  • Manchester-Chateau Community Plan Public Meeting
  • Regent Square Bike/Ped Committee
  • Bloomfield Livable Streets
  • South Dallas Ave Road Safety Meeting
  • Allegheny Bike/Ped Corridor Committee
  • Ross Township Bike/Ped Committee

 Talk to decision makers

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 of on-street markings such as: bike lanes and shared lane markings whenever possible
  • Calm traffic using speed humps, “your speed is” signs, better crosswalks, and pedestrian signals
  • Install bike route signs
  • Installing bike racks in your business district
  • Pass Complete Streets legislation
  • Repair potholes and other dangerous road hazards
  • 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.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Report Dangerous Road Conditions

Is there a sewer grate, pot hole or sink hole that’s threatening to eat your wheel? Have you noticed a bike lane where the lines are are nearly or completely faded? Report it!

If the road or bridge hazard is in the City of Pittsburgh…
CALL 3-1-1
Or WRITE your report using the online form

If the road or bridge hazard is elsewhere in Allegheny County…
Use the County’s online feedback form