Bill Peduto praised for prioritizing safe streets, bike infrastructure
Mayor Bill Peduto has been a fantastic supporter of biking and people around the country are taking note. Our mayor’s leadership style has proven just how much work can get done when working in collaboration with local bicycle advocacy groups, rather than resisting a the rise of bicycling which is unmistakably occurring across the country.
By Michael Grass | GovernmentExecutive.com
Even in the nation’s most bicycle-friendly cities, frosty relations sometimes exist between bicycling advocates and public officials.
But that’s not necessarily the case in Pittsburgh, where Mayor Bill Peduto (pictured below) has made expansion of bicycle infrastructure a top priority on his agenda to improve quality of life and drive economic development downtown and across the city.
While Pittsburgh has roughly 25 miles of bike trails—many of them along the city’s riverfronts—there wasn’t really any substantial bicycle infrastructure downtown until recently, when a two-way protected bike lane opened along a portion of one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Penn Avenue, late in the summer.