The second golden age of Pittsburgh bicycling is coming. We’ve got a mayor who’s committed to making Pittsburgh a top ten bicycling city, a strong and effective advocacy organization, and multiple infrastructure projects underway, including protected bike lanes and bike share. It’s a pretty exciting time to be a Pittsburgh cyclist.
I just got a request to attend the Pittsburgh ‘Green Team’ meeting to make Oakland more bike-friendly. Is there any Oakland resident interested in attending? The next meeting is Thursday, March 20th from 6:00-7:15PM at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street.
The city and the neighborhoods are actively engaging with cyclists to improve things. Now is the time to get involved.
The invitation says “especially if they live or work in Oakland.” So, you’re invited. I myself don’t live or work there, which is why I’m posting the invitation. I got it because I attended the Louisa Street meeting.
Don’t want to be a wet blanket, but I think depending on the part of the city we’re looking at bronze age… maybe. Even that feels charitable. I think as more cities up their game we’ll have to up ours to even keep that level of recognition.
Superficially, I started in fall of 2012 and I think there’s been an increase in popularity since then. But it’s not something I can quantify. We should get that data, but more than anything else we need bike facilities more people want to use and the rest will take care of itself.
I’m not an Oakland resident, but this pretty much on my way home. Will try to finegal the time and make it.
@swalfoort has questioned the sacredness of those numbers a couple of times, particularly in regard to mode share percentages. I say ignore the numbers. Just work on breaking down barriers, be it knotweed or knot-headed drivers. Question every status quo, talk to everyone who will stand still, and keep on riding and setting a good example.
No one number tells the whole tale, but if I’m a lawmaker, or in some planning role, and have no stake in biking or tendency to think about things the way that’s common here, then I’d be hard pressed to figure out another top line number with which to rate the weight to give to cycling concerns. Which is to say, not highly. Not that 4% would be all that high either but it sure would be a lot better.
Also, strong growth suggests success, success that people want to put their name on. We can’t afford to stagnate or we very much risk what we do have.