2017: Top 10 Best of the Blog

We cover the issues that matter to you most

…from pedestrian and bicycling safety to affordable housing and everything in between. Here are some of our most popular blog posts (in no particular order) from 2017, in case you missed them.

1. Finally the fundamental purpose of a road is to move people, not just vehicles

Four big wins in U.S. DOT’s new rule including: 1. States will measure the movement of people, not just vehicles, 2. State DOTS will have to track their impact on carbon emissions, 3. People who walk, bike, or ride transit will be counted, and 4. Free-flowing rush hour car traffic isn’t the goal.

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2. BikePGH Releases Autonomous Vehicle Survey Results

How do Pittsburgh Bicyclists and Pedestrians Feel about Sharing the Road With Autonomous Vehicles? Autonomous Vehicle (AV) companies have been testing autonomous vehicles, and picking up passengers on Pittsburgh streets since September 2016 without any high profile incidents…

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3. Race, Public Space, and Public Safety

“Traffic Safety” is not a colorblind term. As we advocate for streets and communities that are safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk, we must address the barriers that disproportionately affect communities of color in public spaces. The barriers rise from a web of factors…

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4. How to use a 2-Stage Bike Turn Box: Video

Making a left turn is often reported by cyclists to be one of the most challenging parts of city cycling…

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5. BikePGH’s Position on the Bus Rapid Transit Project (BRT)

Benefits Abound for Bicyclists and Pedestrians with BRT, but the devil is in the details. The City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and Allegheny County are looking to dramatically change the transportation system between the East End and Downtown. There is a proposal…

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6. Don’t Get Caught in the Dark + Stay Safe, Be Seen with Operation Illumination

Bike lights come in many different shapes and sizes.BikePGH’s Operation Illumination program helps bicyclists obtain lights by giving them away for free. If you are new to cycling, the choices can be overwhelming. Read on to find out more about types of lights, brightnesses, and power sources.

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7. BikePGH partners with GASP to set up air quality monitors on youth bikes during Positive Spin

Brianna and 15 of her classmates were about to learn about air pollution from a local organization called the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP). Nine other children from Schiller STEAM 6-8 would get the same opportunity the following day…

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8. One third of vehicles on Penn Ave were bicycles during peak morning commute

Penn Ave is arguably the most studied City street, with the bike lanes benefiting more than just people on bikes.Since the Penn Ave Bike Lanes were installed, on Bike to Work Day (2015, 2016) we’ve been counting bikes and cars at the intersection of Penn Ave and 10th St to capture a snapshot of the protected bike lanes…

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9. You can now access Healthy Ride with your ConnectCard

In a bold move, Pittsburgh became the first US City to offer free bike share rides for transit users. Healthy Ride and the Allegheny County Port Authority have partnered to offer this service and help make the needed connection between public transit and bike share…

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10. Forbes Ave changes explained: contra-flow bike lanes, two-stage turns, and more

Fifth/Forbes in Oakland has long been a target for safe streets advocates, who have been pushing for traffic calming and bike lanes in this University District for years. The neighborhood has a large numbers of students, workers, and people with disabilities who need to get to their classes, jobs and myriad facilities, often without a car. However, the streets of Oakland are notoriously fast and dangerous…

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