Advocacy in Action: Collecting signatures where the bike lane ends to #ExtendPenn

There are 14 lanes in the Strip District – surely 1 can keep people on bikes safe

This June’s OpenStreets marked the second year of collecting signatures for our #ExtendPenn Campaign, our effort to get a safe, clearly marked bike way to and through the Strip between the Penn Ave bike lane and the eastern neighborhoods using any of the available streets.

During the June OpenStreets event, we set up our Advocacy in Action tent at 16th and Penn, where the bike lane ends, to talk about the progress that has been made in this campaign, and to collect signatures.

While signing the petition, people wanted to discuss existing biking and walking options for the area and what it would take to get them, their family, and friends to start biking to work, to shop, or how they already get through the area on a bike. Many people said that they would like to see Penn Ave be shut down to cars and turned into a pedestrian mall because they feel unsafe as it is today.

We added about 200 signatures to the over 2000 folks who have already signed onto the campaign that we launched a year ago, with the goal of 3000 signatures by year’s end. You can help us by signing the petition and sharing it with your networks today!

Advocacy in Action poster to illustrate the #ExtendPenn campaign

Riding to the Strip Should be easy – like during OpenStreets

The goal of our #ExtendPenn campaign is to advocate for a safe, clearly marked bike way to and through the Strip between the Penn Ave bike lane and the eastern neighborhoods using any of the available streets. There are currently 14 lanes dedicated to cars, including car storage. We can find 12 feet to keep people on bikes safe.

BikePGH Volunteers collecting signatures to #ExtendPenn

As a result of our advocacy last year, the City is conducting a Strip District Study to to develop a parking and mobility plan for the area. Be sure to leave feedback on the City’s site, and be on the lookout for future public meetings.

A message from OpenStreets about #ExtendPenn

Stay Connected

Sign the petition and support our efforts to #ExtendPenn and connect to the bike ways and neighborhoods east of 16th Street. Help us get to 3000 signatures!

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