ACTION ALERT: Help us count bike lane blocking vehicles on October 16

Van parked in the Penn Ave. bike lane downtown.

Do you hate it when drivers park in bike lanes? Here is your chance to take action!

If you ever ride a bike in Pittsburgh, you know that unprotected bike lanes and even some protected bike lanes, like Penn Ave, are blocked by motorists is an urgent problem that puts cyclists lives at risk every day. How big of a problem is it?

On Wednesday, October 16, BikePGH, in collaboration with the How’s My Driving app, will host a day of collective action to help determine the size and scope of bike lane blockages in Pittsburgh coined the Data Protected Bike Lanes Project. There will also be a short training in on Monday, October 7, from 6-7pm.

We need at least 50 volunteers to monitor the assigned bike lanes in Downtown, the Northside and/or Oakland during the morning (7-9am), lunch (12-1pm) and/or evening (4-6pm). Please sign up for as many 30 minute shifts that you can and share it with your friends.

This event won’t be the same without you. The more people who join, the better snapshot we can generate about the bike lane violations bicyclists face every day. Please join us by signing up here:

How’s My Driving

Since January, How’s My Driving has been beta testing primarily in DC and has collected over 13,000 submissions for all kinds of street safety violations inclusive of bike lane blockages. On May 15, How’s My Driving hosted the first Data Protected Bike Lanes Project in DC where over 70 volunteers collected nearly 700 bike lane violations in one day!

Here is what a bike lane violation looks like in the app:

Become an advocate

Join your neighborhood’s bike/ped committee

Want to get more involved with making Pittsburgh better for biking and walking? Become a bike/ped advocate. There are over 20 neighborhood bike/ped committees across the City and surrounding municipalities.

You can find a complete list of them here. You can always start your own committee too! Email for more information.

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