May OpenStreetsPGH Route Expected to Break Records on Saturday, May 25th

OpenStreetsPGH Celebrating 5th Anniversary

OpenStreetsPGH will be kicking of the summer season on Saturday, May 25th visiting Pittsburgh’s East End community. Explore the longest OpenStreetsPGH route ever with a 4.4 mile loop connecting Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside, and North Point Breeze.

“OpenStreetsPGH invites the community to get outside and be active, providing an opportunity to reimagine our streets as places for people, not just cars,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh.

The event is organized by BikePGH, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, who works on behalf of the Pittsburgh community to make the city safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk. BikePGH is committed to improving the health and quality of life of Pittsburgh through increased access to safe bicycling and walking facilities, and by creating opportunities to bike and walk for all.

Presented by UPMC Health Plan, OpenStreetsPGH is Pittsburgh’s fastest growing free event series that opens miles of streets to people of all ages and abilities. After 5 years, this event series has grown from 44,000 participants in 2015 to 113,000 participants in 2018.

OpenStreetsPGH offers something for everyone, from fitness workshops, to kids activities, shopping, brunch, community arts, and special promotions presented by over 100 local businesses and organizations. There are three event hubs along the route: two hubs will feature free fitness classes by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and a brand new BikePGH Kids Hub where kids can learn to ride.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, May 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where to go: Mellon Park Hub, East Liberty BikePGH Kids Hub at Center Ave., Peoples Hub in Homewood at Kelly St.
Traffic alert: Car traffic will be prohibited on a 4.4 mile stretch in the East EndVisit OpenStreetsPGH.org/route for more information

Unlike other events, OpenStreetsPGH does not necessitate a completely continuous street closure. At each event, car drivers will be able to cross the route at a dozen intersections.

OpenStreetsPGH is inspired by the open streets movement – a global phenomenon promoting healthy outdoor activity and community engagement using city streets. Pittsburgh is one of hundreds of cities worldwide (over 100 in North America alone) that hold open streets events.

Media and the public are encouraged to visit http://openstreetspgh.org/media/, or follow OpenStreetsPGH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for updates and details on event happenings. For more information on how to get to OpenStreetsPGH, visit https://openstreetspgh.org/getting-here/.


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