PGH Walks Kicks Off Advocacy Efforts With East End Tour

Jan 22, 2016
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After a number of incidents involving careless drivers last year, a new group called “Pittsburgh Walks” has formed with the focus of improving pedestrian safety and awareness.  This weekend they’re kicking off the organization with a walking tour of East End coffee and tea shops. Along the way, members will reach out to participants in an effort to start a conversation about how to make Pittsburgh a safer place to walk. Joining us to discuss the group’s mission are Pittsburgh Walks members Lilly Denhardt and Adrienne Jouver.

Pittsburgh has been ranked one of the nation’s most walkable cities for years, but a new study suggests if the city wants to attract young talent, it needs to be even more walkable.

According to a report released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Pittsburgh is a city of “moderate walkable urbanism,” meaning more than 70 percent of walkable urban office and retail space is located in the central city.

Wednesday is National Walking Day, and organizers in Pittsburgh are hoping to get people in the good habit of taking a daily constitutional as warmer spring weather begins in the region.

Sandy McCurdy, board member of the American Heart Association, said walking is the easiest way to reduce one's risk for heart disease and stroke — two diseases that account for a combined 870,000 deaths in the United States each year.