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
10/16/2017 @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!
10/18/2017 @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm St Pamphilus Church, 1000 Tropical Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Join the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and Public Safety Zone Councils
Receive safety resources and learn how to prepare for potential disasters and threats to your quality of life.
Special presentation by Barbara Arroyo, Office of Emergency Management, CERT Program.
CERT focuses on readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people CERT is a positive approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens' actions, and ability to respond to the needs of their neighborhoods can make an incredible difference.
10/19/2017 @ 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.
10/19/2017 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Manchester Academic Charter School, 1214 Liverpool St, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, USA
The City of Pittsburgh and the Manchester Citizens Corporation invite you to help develp a vision for the future of Manchester-Chateau.
Come share your story and give your ideas for what you would like to see next in the neighborhood.
You can also visit their website and provide feedback online at manchesterchateauplan.com
10/24/2017 @ 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.
10/24/2017 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm The Children's Institute, 1405 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
You are invited to discuss the challenges related to vehicle speed, pedestrian safety, and bicyclist safety along South Dallas Ave and learn more about the City's complete streets efforts.
Hosted by Councilman Dan Gilman, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Director Karina Ricks, and the Zone 4 Police Commander Daniel Herrmann.
10/24/2017 @ 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.
10/26/2017 @ 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, email@example.com
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.