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PG: City Walkabout ranks Bike Parking Ordinance in top ten neighborhood stories of 2009

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Trees will be the real winners if City Council approves the Bicycle Parking Ordinance

Diana Nelson-Jones, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has a lovely blog on the PG website called City Walkabout.  Throughout the year she reports on neighborhood and livable streets stories from around Pittsburgh.

She just posted her Top Ten Neighborhood Stories from 2009.  The items on the list signify what she  considers “to be the most important neighborhood stories I knew about and reported on this year.”

Here’s what she says about the Bike Parking Ordinance, which topped the list (although we know there was no particular order):

Bike Parking Law: The city is low in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to green infrastructure, but we are light-years ahead of where we were when Portland started being the Yankees of green. The law requires sheltered and secure bike parking in commercial developments of 6,000 square feet or more and residential developments of 12 or more units.

The law hasn’t passed yet, but has been introduced into City Council and should get a vote within the next few weeks.  We’re fairly confident it will pass, but if you haven’t done so, there is still time to join the hundreds of emails into Council in support of this ordinance.


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