- To see Pittsburgh’s latest commuting statistics from the US Census’ American Commuting Survey CLICK HERE
- To see the mile by mile breakdown of Pittsburgh’s bike lane and sharrow development (1980-present): CLICK HERE
- Pittsburgh was added to 2014 Benchmarking Report, the premier source for data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics, safety, funding, policies, infrastructure, education, public health indicators, and economic impacts.
- To see the History of BikePGH in the news CLICK HERE
February 2002 Bike Pittsburgh began in the Winter of 2002 when David Hoffman was hit by a car at the intersection of Negley and Penn Avenues on his bicycle commute home from work. Hoffman decided to use the exposure to bring attention to bicycle safety by starting a local website dedicated to it.
June 2002 The site attracted thousands of visitors. Scott Bricker who had a strong interest in advocacy, and Lou Fineberg who had just written and published 3 Rivers on 2 Wheels, a bicycle guide book to Pittsburgh contacted Hoffman to see how they could get involved. Hoffman’s commitment to safety, Bricker’s emphasis on advocacy, and Fineberg’s interest in community building laid the foundation for Bike Pittsburgh’s core values; the purpose of which is to make Pittsburgh bicycle commuter friendly and promote and encourage bicycling as viable form of transportation.
August 2002 David invited his employer at the time Ed Engler, and George Schmidt, a stalwart of the local bicycling community to join them in starting Bike Pittsburgh as its initial Board members.
December 2002 Bike Pittsburgh files articles of incorporation
January 2003 Filed for and received 501(c)3 non-profit status
February 2003 Bike Pittsburgh’s first Meet and Greet was held in February of 2003 at The Sharp Edge and drew about 60 interested people.
May 2003 Bike Pittsburgh started establishing a strong working relationship with Free Ride, a fledging bicycle recyclery based out of Wilkinsburg.
Fall 2003 Free Ride became a project of Bike Pittsburgh and the two have since been essential for each other’s growth and success. Besides close collaborations Bike Pittsburgh is Free Ride’s fiscal sponsor, but it is run independently. It is this role that Bike Pittsburgh has since started to play for another bicycle organization, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group(PTAG), now known as Trail Pittsburgh.
February 2004 The second Meet and Greet was held at Free Ride and drew well over 100 people. At that event people were asked to sign up for working groups such as the Infrastructure Working Group, which would lay the foundation for the bike routes that the city will start marking and adding lanes to in 2007.
Spring 2004 It was clear at around this time that Bike Pittsburgh should assume the leadership of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Urban Cycling Committee especially after so many Bike Pittsburgh members came out to a Penn Dot open house to insist on bicycle improvements to the West End Circle. One of Bike Pittsburgh’s strengths is its proven ability to motivate people to attend public meetings making sure that bicyclists are being considered.
Spring 2004 continued Bike Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the Sprout Fund collaborate on installing Three Rivers “Public Art” Bike Racks around the city. This proved to be a major early victory that helped garner Bike Pittsburgh a great deal of attention. The racks were manufactured by Red Star Studios and designed by Wall to Wall Studios thus keeping the whole process local. The project demonstrated that bike advocacy was more than just infrastructure and education, but also that art and good design would play a key role.
Spring 2004 continued It was becoming obvious is that the demand for bicycle advocacy and a sense of community among bicyclists was great. David Hoffman quits his full-time job to become acting Executive Director on a volunteer basis.
June 2005 Eric “Erok” Boerer conceives of and chairs the planning effort of the first BikeFest. It was a huge success with over 40 events over the course of a week and a half. Thousands participated. BikeFest has really become Bike Pittsburgh’s signature event. It also benefited from a Sprout Fund grant.
August 2005 Through Sustainable Pittsburgh’s outdoor amenities program Bike Pittsburgh was funded by Richard King Mellon Foundation to assist the city in determining the most desirable bicycle routes for including bike lanes and share the road markings.
August 2005 continued This grant enabled Bike Pittsburgh to hire its first full time Executive Director and a part-time staff member. Scott Bricker was hired to take the helm as the organizations first full-time Executive Director and Eric Boerer was enlisted as part-time staff.
Fall of 2005 Lou Fineberg becomes Board president.
January 2006 continued Bike Pittsburgh establishes a monthly meeting with Pittsburgh City Planning.
June 2006 BikeFest II a resounding success despite some bad weather. Bike Pittsburgh attracts 50 brand new members and raises $5,000 to pursue its mission.
Summer 2006 Bike Pittsburgh encourages City Planning to form a number of Bike Infrastructure working groups to tackle problems related to trails, road maintenance, bike lanes, bike parking, and bridges.
September 2007 Ed Engler takes over as Board President
November 2006 Bike Pittsburgh launches new website
Spring 2007 Bike PGH’s work gave the city our first commuter-oriented bike lanes and shared lane markings on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield/Lawrenceville
September 2007 Bike Pittsburgh and PennDOT work together to install bike lanes on the popular Birmingham Bridge. This is also the first use in the City of Pittsburgh of the “blue” bike lane, a method used in many bicycle-friendly cities to help cyclists cross intersections.
September 2007 US Census ACS data
October 2007 Bike Pittsburgh releases first on-street Pittsburgh bike map in fifteen years. In only a few months, we gave away almost 20,000 copies.
December 2007 Bike Pittsburgh launches the Corporate Sponsorship and Employer Program.
May 2008 Bike Pittsburgh releases the Pittsburgh Bike Map, online. This is one of the most comprehensive bicycle maps of any U.S. city.
August 2008 Bike Pittsburgh and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announce the creation and hiring of a new city position, the Bike/Ped Coordinator. This is the first one in the State of Pennsylvania.
August 2008 The Port Authority, working with Bike Pittsburgh, announces the lifting of some restrictions regarding bicycles. There are no more peak restrictions on the incline, and folding bikes can be brought onto the T and aboard buses (provided there’s no rack) at any time.
September 2008 According to the US Census, Pittsburgh increases its bicycle commuters by 37% from the year before.
October 2008 Bike Pittsburgh launches the 2009 version of our popular Pittsburgh Bike Map. This time we increased the number of copies and made some changes and updates.
October 2008 Bike Pittsburgh and the City work together to give East Liberty Blvd Pittsburgh’s first safety-improving “road diet.” One lane of car traffic was removed to allow for a bicycle-only lane.
November 2008 Launched bikethestrike.org to help cyclists out in the event of an impending Port Authority Transit Strike. Fortunately, the strike was averted, but a concise “how to bike to work” guide was created.
December 2008 Our Pittsburgh Bike Map wins Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual Award
January 2009 New bike rack installation ordinance unanimously passes City Council making it easy for businesses to install bike racks in the public right of way. Municipal Code 419.05 (b)
April 2009 Prevention Magazine ranks Pittsburgh 10th Best Walking City. The Reason: Hiring Bike/Ped Coordinator (see August 2008). Also that week, Good Magazine ranks Pittsburgh as one of the “7 Best Burgeoning Bike Scenes in North America.”
June 2009 We launch the ambitious Car Free Fridays campaign. It’s a program designed to reward people for not using a car.
August 2009 Sharrows installed on Pittsburgh’s most famous road, Penn Ave through the Strip District connecting to the Liberty Ave bike lanes
September 2009 Bike lanes and sharrows installed on Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill. This needed “backbone” connects S Braddock Ave to Carnegie Mellon University.
September 2009 US Census ACS data
October 2009 We release our Bike Commuting 101 Guide, available in both print and online formats in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the Sprout Fund. This comic book style educational guide makes reading about urban cycling almost as fun as actually riding!
October 2009 200 new bike racks to be installed when the City launches bike rack program including a rack request form
November 2009 We reached the milestone of having 1,000 full-paid members
January 2010 We moved to a new storefront office space in Lawrenceville’s Doughboy Square, at 3410 Penn Ave
March 2010 Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passes the Bike Parking Ordinance, an amendment to the Zoning Code that requires all new or “change-in-use” buildings to install secure bike parking Link to ordinance (pdf) here
April 2010 We release the third printing of our award-winning Pittsburgh Bike Map
May 2010 The League of American Cyclists awards Pittsburgh a Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Community status. At the awards ceremony, Mayor Ravenstahl announced that the City will add 25 miles of new bike lanes and shared lane markings in two years
June 2010 We hired our fourth paid staffer
September 2010 US Census ACS data shows Pittsburgh had the 4th largest increase in bike commuters, nationwidde
November 2010 Bike lanes, sharrows get installed on Dallas Ave and Hamilton Ave expanding the East End Bike Network
November 2010 Port Authority announces that they will “complete the fleet” of buses with bike racks by the end of 2011
March 2011 The Alliance for Biking and Walking, the national organization that helps strengthen and support local advocacy groups, awards BikePGH the nationally recognized, “2010 Advocacy Organization of the Year” during the National Bike Summit
May 2011 BikePGH releases the Car Free Calculator, an online tool to help you track your biking and walking miles, savings, CO2 reduction, and calories burned.
August 2011 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl honors our own Eric Boerer for his “volunteerism and dedication to the City of Pittsburgh” and was given a Citizen Service Award that named a whole day named after him. The Mayor did “hereby declare August 26, 2011…’Mr. Eric Boerer Day‘ here in our most livable City of Pittsburgh”
August 2011 We release the fourth version of our award-winning Pittsburgh Bike Map
September 2011 With the help from BikePGH, the City installs legit bike lanes on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield, where there were once only sharrows (see Spring 2007 above)
September 2011 The Port Authority announces that 100% of buses how have bike racks. Here is the 10 year history of how they went from zero to Completing the Fleet.
September 2011 The Port Authority announces that there will no longer be peak-hour restrictions on bringing bikes aboard the T light rail system or the incline. Bikes can board at any time.
September 2011 The US Census ACS data shows a 269% increase in Pittsburgh bike commuters in 10 years
November 2011 The Northside neighborhood sees their first on-street bike lanes and sharrows
December 2011 The popular Liberty Ave bike lanes branch off to markings on Millvale Ave, Friendship Ave, Neville St, and Ellsworth making connections between Bloomfield and East Liberty, Oakland, and Shadyside.
December 2011 We take over hosting the iconic local event, Pedal Pittsburgh from CDCP and hire an Events Coordinator
February 2012 Governor Corbett signs the Safe Passing Bill into law, making it, among other things, illegal to pass a bicyclist with less than 4′ of clearance. Along with our partners around the state, we have been lobbying for this for years.
May 2012 We worked with the City of Pittsburgh and OTB Bike Cafe to install the City’s first on-street bike corral
May 2012 Bike lanes are installed in the Northside, Bloomfield, and Oakland finishing up the projects that were started in November 2011
July 2012 Bike lanes and sharrows installed on East Carson St in the South Side, and Butler St in Lawrenceville
September 2012 Pittsburgh picked to host the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference – the largest active transportation conference of engineers, planners, and advocates in the world
September 2012 US Census ACS Data says Pittsburgh has the 5th highest biking+walking commuter rate in the nation
November 2012 Bike lanes installed on Thomas Blvd in Point Breeze beginning the clearly marked Penn Ave Alternative
April 2013 Liberty Ave bike lanes go green
May 2013 In addition to getting every Mayoral Candidate to answer our survey, most Council Candidates completed it (the ones who didn’t lose), we managed to collect over 2,500 signatures to make biking and walking a priority issue in the primary election, during our We Walk We Bike We Vote Campaign
June 2013 City adds dozens of bike racks to the Downtown business district
June 2013 Two more bike corrals open for business, in front of Kaya in the Strip District, and the Double Wide Grill in the South Side.
July 2013 Central Oakland, Polish Hill get first bike lanes. Park Place, Squirrel Hill connections made
August 2013 We launch the Drive With Care Campaign, our first PSA directed toward motorists, featuring local cyclists including the likes of Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver, Antonio Brown
September 2013 Launched our Better Bikeways Vision, a document that introduces innovative bike infrastructure and what it would look like in Pittsburgh
November 2013 City’s first bicycle boulevard and speed humps are installed on Gold Way in Polish Hill
January 2014 The Pocusset St “road shift,” ie a street that was converted to the exclusive use of bikes and peds, opens for business
March 2014 Pittsburgh gets selected for the Green Lane Project 2.0, a project of People For Bikes to help cities install protected and next level bike lanes.
March 2014 The 1st Annual Women and Biking Forum attracts a sold-out crowd.
April 2014 Negley Run Blvd goes on a road diet, adding bike lanes to get you close to the Bud Harris Cycling Oval
May 2014 BikePGH launches its very first in-the-saddle bicycling education course called City Cycling
July 2014 Mayor Peduto announces plans for three protected bike lanes
August 2014 Pittsburgh’s first protected bike lane adds a needed connection on Saline St between two popular trails
September 2014 The international Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference comes to Pittsburgh drawing a record crowd as well as Obama’s Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, to the Convention Center
September 2014 Pittsburgh’s census numbers show a doubling of bike commuter rates since the city started earnestly installing bike lanes in 2007. Also, largest increase in the nation since Y2K
October 2014 First year of City Cycling classes concludes. All told, nearly 170 people took our courses.
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