Pittsburgh as a Bicycle City

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Recently I spent a good bit of time in Portland, Oregon. If you’re unaware, they love bicycles and pedestrians very much (forget bike lanes, they even have skateboard lanes.)

I had always thought of Pittsburgh as being a relatively easy and fun place to ride a bike. I just assumed that dodging cars was part of the bicycle experience. I still think PGH is a fun place to ride, but after being spoiled in Portland, I can’t help but wonder why our bike culture is the way it is. Other aspects of this city are very progressive and cool, from our people to our ban on smoking bans to CMU building robots.

So why hasn’t bike culture, in the form of bike lanes and motorist appreciation, taken off here?

I always wrote a bit more about it on my blog, were anyone interested in reading more of my opinions on the matter…

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