2019 Business Member Awards Night & Winners

High spirits and higher hopes for 2020 at Pittsburgh’s newest rooftop bar

In spite of record-low temperatures outside, the vibe at Tryp Hotel’s Over Eden restaurant was warm and inviting on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, as BikePGH hosted its 5th Annual Business Member Awards. 

BikePGH Business Members and guests enjoyed a selection of drinks and appetizers while taking in the incredible city view from Lawrenceville’s newest rooftop hot spot. Together, we celebrated all that BikePGH accomplished in 2019 and hosted a sneak preview of what’s to come in 2020. (PSA: Make sure to reserve your spot at our 2019 Members Meeting for the full scoop!)

We were proud to honor four bike-friendly businesses with awards for their contributions to cycling and pedestrian advocacy in 2019:

Business Member of the Year: Port Authority

Port Authority has been working with us and supporting our shared mission since we first began our advocacy work in 2002. This past year they invited us to host safety awareness trainings for transit drivers, improving their interactions with cyclists on the road. They hosted a bike/bus lane demonstration at OpenStreetsPGH, and introduced new messaging on their fleet of vehicles that now reminds riders to “Be aware of other vehicles *and bicycles* when exiting the bus.”

Small Business Champion: Global Wordsmiths

Global Wordsmiths graciously helped BikePGH complete the ambitious task of translating our Biking 101 Guide to Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic in 2019. This organization dedicated hours of their time and resources to helping us improve our reach, expanding and strengthening the level of community outreach we are able to do moving forward.

Bike Industry Member of the Year: SweetWater Bicycle Shop

SweetWater Bike Shop has been supplying those in and around Pittsburgh with quality bikes for 40 years. Don and Laura McKee bought the shop in 2016 and have since renovated and created a community space that’s helping to revitalize Ambridge. This past February, Sweetwater Bike Shop hosted an Open Mic night, the proceeds of which generously benefitted BikePGH.

New Business Member of the Year: PNC

PNC signed on for the first time this year as a sponsor of OpenStreetsPGH and distinguished themselves immediately by consistently creating a joyful presence for themselves and others at the events. Their staff volunteers were always enthusiastic and committed – and smiles from their team brightened the days of everyone through their intersection.

Special thanks to our Business Members

Thanks to these and all our other business partners for ensuring BikePGH has the resources necessary to fight for safer streets for everyone. We look forward to a bigger, brighter 2020, but we can’t make that happen without YOU. Email Christine to schedule a meeting to talk about how your business can get involved!

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