Transportation Exploration Celebrates Sustainable Commuting Options

Port Authority to make the long awaited announcement that their fleet is now complete with bus-mounted bike racks. 

You’re invited to Transportation Exploration, an event celebrating sustainable transportation, on Friday, September 23 from 7:30 – 9:30 AM in Market Square.  All are encouraged to bike, bus, carpool, or simply walk downtown to celebrate and show support for sustainable transportation. Our decision makers need to know that biking, walking, transit, and other transportation alternatives are worth investing in and prioritizing. Participating organizations will be on hand to answer commuters’ questions about how to get around Pittsburgh without defaulting to getting behind a wheel of a car for each and every trip.

 The Port Authority will use the event to officially announce that their entire fleet, ie 100% of their buses are now outfitted with bus-mounted bike racks – a very important development for people who want to combine transportation options. A Port Authority bus will be parked in Market Square to allow people to practice racking their bikes. The crowd will be welcomed and addressed by BikePGH Executive Director Scott Bricker, Port Authority CEO Steve Bland, GBA Director of Innovation, Aurora Sharrard, and others.

Immediately following the speakers, all attendees are strongly encouraged to join a group photo to show the Pittsburgh region’s support of this worldwide effort to go beyond fossil fuels, so please show up and be counted. “Pittsburgh Climate Initiative is elated to be able to co-sponsor Transportation Exploration with Pittsburgh region organizations that work to increase and make information available about transportation options that save people money and reduce air pollution. This regional collaboration is elevating the discourse about air emissions and providing viable alternatives for commuters,” said Aurora Sharrard, Director of Innovation of Green Building Alliance, the convening organization of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative.

A Port Authority bus will be parked in Market Square to allow people to practice racking their bikes, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about commuting options with CommuteInfo, a program of Southwest PA Commission. BikePGH and Zipcar will also make available bike commuting and car sharing resources.

Transportation Exploration is a part of Moving Planet Day, an international campaign by to promote sustainable transportation options. Numerous events worldwide will raise awareness for sustainable transportation and help the planet to “move beyond fossil fuels”.

This event is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, BikePGH, Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Mattress Factory, and Group Against Smog and Pollution.

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