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2017 Highlights Include:
- Celebrated the organization’s 15th birthday, as well as the 10th birthday of the Liberty Ave Bike Lanes.
- Pittsburgh bucked the nationwide trend, and posted a significant increase in our bike commuter rate, placing us in the top ten nationwide, according to the US Census data for 2016.
- We release the first-ever survey of biking and walking alongside autonomous vehicles. Over 1,000 people participated in the survey.
Positive Spin expands to our third after school program site Obama Academy, now training ~70 Pittsburgh Public schools students every season.
- 90,000 people participated in our car-free OpenStreetsPGH series.
- During a Mayoral primary where bike lanes became a wedge-issue, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published our opinion piece.
Infrastructure and Planning
- The City installed several significant projects that expanded the bike network. Negley Ave in East Liberty/Friendship underwent a road diet, adding bike lanes and clarity to the chaotic street. Bike lanes were installed on Forbes Ave in Oakland, the first phase of a lengthy project that will connect Pitt and CMU with bike lanes. A two-way cycle track was also added to Allegheny Circle in the Northside, in the first phase of a street redesign for the urban renewal-era roadway. Total bike infrastructure projects for the year total over 6.5 miles, bringing the city’s total to over 83 miles of on-street bike markings.
- A number of infrastructure “firsts”: A Bike Signal, a contra-flow bike lane, super “Green backed” sharrows, a permanent “Bikes may use full lane” signs as well as a few two-stage “copenhagen left” turn boxes.
- Mayor Peduto creates the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, essentially a DOT for the City.
- We built out high-capacity bike room facilities at the Uber, Highwoods, and Peoples Gas headquarters.
- Added more than 1,000 bike parking spaces to Pittsburgh in 2017 alone through our bike rack consulting services and partnership with the City.
- Complete Streets policies spread to neighboring municipalities, with Sharpsburg passing the county’s first policy outside of Pittsburgh.
- Positive Spin expands to its third school to serve Pittsburgh Obama Academy, as well as assisting City High Charter to start their own cycling program.
- Enough riding was done with our summer students and staff to ride the equivalent distance from the equator to the north pole.
- Over 35 young people aging out of foster care graduated from our program and received commuter bikes and training on how to ride safely.
- Updated our illustrated Biking 101 Guide and printed another 10,000 copies for distribution with another 10,000 on their way for next year.
- Launched educational how-to videos that were watched by over 60,000 people.
- Over 100 unlit bicyclists were pleasantly surprised by our Operation Illumination light giveaways around Pittsburgh.
- Another record breaking year with nearly 90,000 OpenStreetsPGH participants, a doubling of the 2015 attendance.
- More than 30,000 people came out to our largest event of the summer, the OpenStreetsPGH “Tunnel to Town” route, featuring Uptown and the South Side.
- Open Streets are great for business with more than $1M spent by participants in 2017 with 94% of people buying something during the event.
- This year’s UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH Fundraiser attracted a record 2,776 riders, raising $108,000 to support our efforts.
- From office help to event support, our volunteers donated 2,000 hours of their time, talent, and effort to furthering BikePGH’s mission – equal to a $48,000 savings.
- Along with Healthy Ride and Riverlife, we co-hosted 14 Lunch Loop rides getting people out during the lunch hour bringing healthy activity to the workplace.
- Our Outreach Associates worked over 85 events, in over 20 neighborhoods, engaging and educating thousands of Pittsburghers.
- Hosted our 4th Annual Women & Biking Forum that featured Victoria Robinson, an inspiring keynote speaker from Florida who is part of the Black Girls Do Bike movement.
- Our women and biking programs expanded with a monthly ride, bringing together women of all skill levels to build community and ride together.
- Nearly 800 people became first-time members of BikePGH this year. Become a member today.
- More than 200 members have chosen to become monthly sustaining members contributing $5 or more per month towards safe streets.
- BikePGH’s Business Member Network grows to over 100 businesses.
2018 At a Glance
- Women Biking Forum: April 7-8
- OpenStreetsPGH: May 27, June 24, July 29
- The 25th Anniversary of the UPMC Health Plan PedalPGH 2018: Sunday, Aug 26
- Extension of Forbes Ave bikes lanes all the way through CMU’s campus
- The City’s first “neighborhood street” traffic calming project in the South Side
- Allegheny Circle cycle track completion
- Penn Circle two-way conversion including protected bike lanes
- Look forward to the 7th edition of the Pittsburgh Bike Map
Become a Member
BikePGH offers memberships for individuals, seniors/students, households, and we also offer gift memberships. Add your voice to one of the fastest growing and most transformative organizations in Pittsburgh. Click here to become a member.
Keep our wheels turning by contributing monthly to BikePGH for year-round reliable revenue. We’ll charge your card automatically and your membership will never expire.
Good for one year from your membership dues date. We’ll let you know via email and mail when you’re up for renewal.
Commit to volunteering 10 hours within one year, and you’ll be eligible for an annual membership to BikePGH. Check out our volunteer opportunities here.