While BikePGH works on better biking and walking full time, we still need your voice. We are only one piece of the puzzle. While we have members in every neighborhood, it’s necessary for residents to contact their elected officials with problems, praises, and making sure that they are aware of your desire to live in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood. Our message is amplified when citizens take the time to contact decision makers.
Join or start a neighborhood bike/ped committee
Several neighborhood residents and organizations have begun to work toward making their streets better for biking and walking, while building a local community of bicyclists. Below are some contacts.
Calendar of public meetings, bike/ped committees, etc
Highland Park/East Liberty Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee
Highland Park/East Liberty Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee
01/15/2018 @ 8:00pm - 9:00pm TBA
The Highland Park/East Liberty Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee is a group of residents dedicated to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing infrastructural improvements that make our streets safer for everyone. The group meets the third Monday of each month.
For location details, or questions, contact: Anne Marie email@example.com
Where: Location varies. Please email SSSmartStreets@gmail.com or the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SSSmartStreets/ to find the meeting.
Description: SSSS meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at a different neighborhood location, in order to get to know our neighborhood and its needs and assets! Our mission is to achieve safer streets, walkways, steps, and infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, improving the quality of life of residents, employees, and guests of Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Please contact us with any questions, concerns, and ideas. And, please join us!!
01/17/2018 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm 544 Miltenberger Street Wednesday, January 17th
On November 29th, the Department of City Planning (DCP) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) hosted a public design charrette to reimagine the publicly owned properties surrounding the intersection of Fifth and Dinwiddie. Over 50 attendees spent their morning working together in groups to develop designs consistent with the recently adopted Uptown / West Oakland EcoInnovation District Plan.
At the January open house you can review and comment on those designs and examples from other cities to determine what aspects are best suited for Uptown. Your input will help shape a request for proposals the URA will release for development on this land. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Join us at:
01/18/2018 @ 5:00pm - 8:00pm Magee Recreation Center, 745 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
Please join us to continue the discussion about how to better connect our neighborhoods, and what that connection might look like.
Consider potential alternative connections between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland.
Have an open dialogue about the best way to solve a mobility challenge.
Consider the mobility solutions as they relate to the green infrastructure solutions that have already been proposed.
Provide your feedback on the potential alternatives.
When: January 18, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
5:00- 6:00pm: Open house & one-on-one/small group discussions 6:00-7:00pm: – Agency presentation on alternatives – Neighborhood presentation of principles – Large group discussion 7:00-8:00pm: Open house & one-on-one/small group discussions
Snacks will be provided. Kids are welcome.
Where: Magee Recreation Center, 745 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Presented By: City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility, PWSA, URA, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
01/18/2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:15pm Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St
The Oakland Green Team seeks to “put the oak back in Oakland,” serving as a bicycle/pedestrian committee for Oakland, improving trail connections and creating attractive open spaces. The team will identify, guide and implement greening activities throughout Oakland.
01/23/2018 @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, United States
Our group came together because we care about Bloomfield. We wanted to make the most of Bloomfield’s great characteristics as a walkable and vibrant neighborhood. Though, we were also concerned about the challenges that come from so many people traveling throughout Bloomfield everyday. We decided that our group would work to make the most of these unique characteristics by advocating for infrastructure enhancements to Bloomfield streets that balances all the ways people get around--whether they are on a bike, on a bus, in a car, or on foot.
If you want to learn more, come to our meetings! We meet at 6:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the East End Book Exchange (4754 Liberty Ave).
You can also email us at BloomfieldStreets@gmail.com.
Please join us at our next meeting and help us ensure that Bloomfield is an accessible place for all people – no matter their form of transportation.
01/23/2018 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm Sharpsburg Borough Hall, 1611 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, USA
The Allegheny Bike/Ped Corridor Committee is a citizen-led advocacy initiative to create Allegheny River communities with healthy, safe and accessible non-motorized connections for all ages. Current membership is from Aspinwall, Sharpsburg, and O'Hara and we are seeking participation from adjoining communities along the Allegheny River.
01/24/2018 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm University Club Conference Room A (123 University Pl)
Wednesday 1/24 6p-8p at the University Club Conference Room A (123 University Pl): Plan to join @PittCGR for the next community meeting to discuss @PittTweet Master Plan. Learn updates from the project team + continue to share your thoughts. Visit http://fm.pitt.edu/master-plan-2018
01/25/2018 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm Ross Township Community Center Board Room, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive; Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
Our meetings are the 4th Wednesday of every month. The Committee is working on ways to make Ross Township residents more connected to our numerous amenities and the entire region via improved sidewalks, trails, and bike routes.
Contact: Jeremy Shaffer, 412-837-9003, firstname.lastname@example.org
The key people to focus on are your elected officials, your employer, and government agencies.
Locally, the most important individuals to connect with are Mayor Bill Peduto (click here to email him) and Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald (click here to email him). Call their office, send a letter, or email them stating that you’re a voter and that it’s important to you to make our region’s streets, business districts, and places of employment more bike friendly.
Next, in order of importance, is your city councilperson. It’s the councilperson’s job to represent the interests of the specific neighborhood(s) in which they got elected. They can’t represent those interests if they don’t know what matters to their constituents (i.e. you). So, if you care about making Pittsburgh a better place to ride a bike please take a second to find out who your councilperson is, and write him or her and tell them that you’d like your neighborhood to be made more bike-friendly! Most likely, you’ll be surprised at how engaged they are and the response you’ll receive.
THANK THEM!!!! If you see something you like, let them know! They get a lot of complaints, so praises go really far!
Write a Letter to the Editor
Anyone who’s read the comments section of our local newspapers know that we have a long way to go for people to accept biking on city streets. That’s why it’s crucial that we write to our papers when issues arise, or if new infrastructure that you like has been installed. Otherwise, only the voices of opposition are being heard.