A How-To guide on starting and growing your Neighborhood Bike/Ped Committee
Over the past few years, several neighborhood-specific bike, ped, traffic calming committees have formed. These “mini-BikePGH’s” have been really useful to further our mission and to help bring local input and a neighborhood voice and legitimacy to biking and walking projects. Mostly, these groups do many of the same things that BikePGH does, only on a smaller neighborhood scale. They build community through organizing group rides, they spearhead infrastructure projects like bike lanes and crosswalks, as well as help build support and get ideas for biking and walking initiatives among their neighbors. Moving forward, these committees will be critical if we want to see real change to our streets, save lives, and reduce auto dependency.
This is why we are releasing our Neighborhood Bike and Pedestrian Committee Toolkit (pdf).
While our membership touches every neighborhood in the City and surrounding municipalities, and were integral in helping us accomplish what we have so far, the goal of this document is to help create “super-members” who will be empowered to act for change and continue this momentum. We are a small office in Lawrenceville, so any way that we can multiply our influence and effectiveness, will make our dream of a biking and walking friendly Pittsburgh that much closer to reality.
Neighborhoods across the county are looking to curb reckless driving and to make it an easy choice to ride a bike or walk. They know that these values create a more vibrant town and healthier citizenry. The thing is, many municipalities, neighborhoods and residents, know the solutions, but lack the technical know-how and political willpower to create change. This is where localized bike/ped committees can step in and offer knowledgeable and passionate advocates to build the neighborhoods we all want to live in.
We hope you’ll join our fight in making the region more livable, and start or join a neighborhood bike/ped committee. Our Toolkit combines the lessons that we’ve learned from the existing committees with our experience in working with the City of Pittsburgh as well as the national biking and walking movement. Through our experience and access to decision-makers, combined with your local knowledge and passion, we hope to expedite the changes we want to see.
So take a look and please contact uswith your ideas – we’re here to help!
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