Bike Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-peduto-touts-alternative-transportation-calls-ride-share-dispute-dysfunctional <p>Right now, most Pittsburghers use their car to get around, but that may change in the near future. First of all, the city lacks sufficient parking, especially downtown. But new transportation options backed by the mayor will make it easier to get around “tahn” without owning a car. Mayor Peduto stopped by Essential Pittsburgh to focus on the city’s transportation goals going forward.</p><p>The most immediate issue the mayor has been dealing with was the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/07/State-representative-files-resolution-supporting-ride-share-companies/stories/201407070130">Uber/Lyft dispute</a>. Peduto said he is behind the two ride sharing companies and calls the ongoing dispute with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission "dysfunctional." Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:42:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32331 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes http://wesa.fm/post/bike-pittsburgh-starts-cycling-classes <p>Pittsburgh is the 35<sup>th</sup> most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine.</p><p>Now, Bike Pittsburgh is introducing cycling classes in an effort to make the city be even more bike-able.</p><p>The “Fundamentals of City Cycling” class is taught indoors at The Wheel Mill in Homewood. Participants will learn about the basics of bicycling including techniques to maneuver obstacles such as curbs and potholes; using hand signals; how to start and stop in traffic; and, how to perform a pre-ride safety check.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 32176 at http://wesa.fm Bike Pittsburgh Starts Cycling Classes Dedicated, Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh Before Summer’s End http://wesa.fm/post/dedicated-protected-bike-lanes-coming-pittsburgh-summer-s-end <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other city officials announced the construction of three protected bike lanes in the city. The lanes will be built from Schenley Plaza to Anderson Playground in Schenley Park, along Saline Street between Greenfield Avenue and Swinburne Street (Panther Hollow Trail) in Greenfield, and on Penn Avenue from 11th Street to Stanwix Avenue Downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:19:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32035 at http://wesa.fm Dedicated, Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Pittsburgh Before Summer’s End Bike Event Remembers Cyclists Injured, Killed While Riding http://wesa.fm/post/bike-event-remembers-cyclists-injured-killed-while-riding <p>Two children were hospitalized in Pittsburgh this past Sunday after separate bicycle collisions with cars. To honor them, and the many others who have been injured while riding, Bike Pittsburgh organized a local Ride of Silence for Wed May 28<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The Ride of Silence is a national event to honor and remember people who’ve been killed or seriously injured while riding bikes on our streets. So we help put this on locally,” said Scott Bricker, Executive Director for Bike Pittsburgh.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:47:44 +0000 Jess Lasky 29984 at http://wesa.fm Grab a Bike and Head to Work Friday http://wesa.fm/post/grab-bike-and-head-work-friday <p>On Friday May 16<sup>th</sup> don’t be too surprised if you see a decrease in the amount of wheels on the road as people leave their cars at home for the day and bust out of their garages on two wheels.</p><p>It’s the 11<sup>th</sup> annual Bike to Work Day, which is part of National Bike Month. As part of the day, <a href="http://bikepgh.org/bike-to-work-day-2014/">Bike Pittsburgh</a> will be giving away breakfast and coffee to riders.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 09:50:44 +0000 Jess Lasky 29083 at http://wesa.fm Cyclists Map Pittsburgh’s Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/cyclists-map-pittsburgh-s-air-quality <p>The Bicycle Air Monitoring <a href="http://gasp-pgh.org/maps.html">website</a> is a new effort that will show air quality in areas throughout the city. Volunteers on bicycles were equipped with a laser particle counter and GPS system to collect the data.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:49:08 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22885 at http://wesa.fm PARK(ing) Day Returns to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/parking-day-returns-pittsburgh <p>If you’re noticing parking spaces around the city being taken up by art installations, sitting areas and small “parklets,” it’s because Friday is international PARK(ing) Day.</p><p>This is Pittsburgh’s sixth year celebrating the day, which highlights how public spaces and parks improve the community. The installations are meant to turn urban spaces designed for vehicle use into communal space.</p><p>This year there are 20 registered spaces throughout downtown, the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Oakland, and the South Side, compared to 19 in 2008.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:27:20 +0000 Tim Camerato 16890 at http://wesa.fm PARK(ing) Day Returns to Pittsburgh New Public Awareness Program Reminds Motorists to Share the Road With Cyclists http://wesa.fm/post/new-public-awareness-program-reminds-motorists-share-road-cyclists <p>On July 20, 17-year-old Emily Jancart of Moon Township was struck and killed while riding her bike in that community.</p><p>This most recent bike-related death is the fifth in the Pittsburgh area in the last two years, prompting Bike Pittsburgh to sponsor advertisements around the city as part of a public awareness program to protect cyclists.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker, they just want to remind motorists to be more alert while sharing the road with cyclists.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 15960 at http://wesa.fm BikeFest: Celebrating the Culture of Cycling http://wesa.fm/post/bikefest-celebrating-culture-cycling <p>Bike Pittsburgh’s annual <a href="http://bikepgh.org/campaigns/bikefest/">Bike Fest</a> is back with over 100 events, celebrating the bike community and the city.&nbsp; Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Brinker says with the addition of more bright green lanes, miles of bike trails and a promising new bike share program for 2014, Pittsburghers are embracing the bicycle culture.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:44:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14449 at http://wesa.fm BikeFest: Celebrating the Culture of Cycling With More Pittsburghers Riding, BikeFest is Bigger Than Ever http://wesa.fm/post/more-pittsburghers-riding-bikefest-bigger-ever <p>With more people riding bikes in Pittsburgh, it seems only natural that the 9<sup>th</sup> annual BikeFest is longer than ever.</p><p>BikeFest, which begins Friday, is a fundraiser celebrating all things bicycling to create a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city.</p><p>Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, said a strong bicycle community will make the city more attractive to visitors.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:54:03 +0000 Michael Lynch 14465 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Installs New Bike Racks With Hopes of Boosting Local Economy http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-installs-new-bike-racks-hopes-boosting-local-economy <p>Fifty new bike racks will be installed throughout downtown by the end of this month, bringing the total of city-installed bike racks to more than 500.</p><p>Stephen Patchan, Pittsburgh’s bicycle-pedestrian coordinator, said adding more bike parking downtown is intended to spur business growth.</p><p>“The more bicycle-friendly business districts are, the higher customer capacity they generally have, which equates to more foot traffic for local businesses,” he said.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 11131 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburghers Celebrate Bike to Work Day, Kick Off 'Car Free Fridays' http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghers-celebrate-bike-work-day-kick-car-free-fridays <p>As part of National Bike Month, hundreds of Pittsburghers and cyclists from outlying areas commuted to work on two wheels Friday. It was the fifth year for Bike to Work Day in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Last year’s event saw about 550 people participate, numbers for Friday won’t be available until a later date. Russell Duff is from the Baldwin area and was at a relief station on the South Side for this year’s Bike to Work Day.</p><p>“I’ve been biking since I was 5-years-old," Duff said. "I’ve done BMX, freestyle, and I just can’t stay off a bike.”</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:08:08 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9734 at http://wesa.fm Construction on Ohio River Bike Trail Set for the Summer http://wesa.fm/post/construction-ohio-river-bike-trail-set-summer <p>In an ongoing effort to connect multiple bicycle trails and communities with one another, the plan for the Ohio River Trail has been completed.</p><p>Community leaders from around Allegheny County gathered at a Rite Aid store in McKees Rocks Thursday to outline the plan.</p><p>“This project is going to connect the City of Pittsburgh to McKees Rocks, along Route 51, along the McKees Rocks Bottoms, and finally connecting to the Montour Trail, which now has a spur to the airport,” said Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:04:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9681 at http://wesa.fm Construction on Ohio River Bike Trail Set for the Summer Plans for Bike Share Program Advance in Pittsburgh Council http://wesa.fm/post/plans-bike-share-program-advance-pittsburgh-council <p>Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to legislation that sets up an account for a bike-share program in the city slated for 2014, although no city funds would be used for the $3 million initiative.</p><p>The committee vote Wednesday advanced two bills regarding "Pittsburgh Bike Share" to a full Council vote on Tuesday, where final approval is expected.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:08:19 +0000 Noah Brode 6898 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Bicycle Film Festival to Roll Out Thursday http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-bicycle-film-festival-roll-out-thursday <p>The inaugural Pittsburgh Bicycle Film Festival will take place Thursday evening, with doors at the Regent Square Theater on South Braddock Avenue opening at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>Twenty five percent of ticket sales will go to Bike Pittsburgh to support their mission to make the city and the region safer for pedestrians and cyclists.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:55:05 +0000 Charlee Song 6109 at http://wesa.fm Bike Sharing Program in Pittsburgh's Future http://wesa.fm/post/bike-sharing-program-pittsburghs-future <p>Could a <a href="http://bikepgh.org/2013/03/11/mayor-ravenstahl-announces-bike-share-system-coming-to-pittsburgh/">bike sharing</a> program allow the Steel City to follow in the bike tracks of Washington, D.C. and London? We'll find out when we talk with <strong>Scott Bricker</strong>, Executive Director of <a href="http://bikepgh.org/">Bike Pittsburgh</a>. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:44:09 +0000 Heather McClain 4126 at http://wesa.fm Bike Sharing Program in Pittsburgh's Future Bike-Share Program Coming to Pittsburgh Next Year http://wesa.fm/post/bike-share-program-coming-pittsburgh-next-year <div class="field-item even"><p>Biking advocates gathered in Bakery Square on Monday to announce plans for a bike-share system to start in Pittsburgh next year that would feature 500 bicycles stationed at 50 special bike docks across the&nbsp;city.</p><p>Slated for a spring or summer 2014 opening, a subscriber could choose a short-term membership of one day or a long-term plan of one year. The user can then check out one of the sturdy bikes from one docking station and deposit it at any of the other 49&nbsp;destinations.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:46:34 +0000 Noah Brode 2621 at http://wesa.fm Bike-Share Program Coming to Pittsburgh Next Year