(PITTSBURGH) June 4, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has begun the installation of 50 additional bike racks in downtown Pittsburgh. The new racks are being installed as part of a larger strategy to include more bike racks in Pittsburgh’s business districts in an effort to provide access for cyclists and spur neighborhood economic activity. To date, more than 150 racks have been installed in other neighborhoods, ranging from South Side to Bloomfield, as a result of this strategy - bringing the total number of City-installed bike racks to over 500.
“From installing green bike lanes and launching a citywide bike share system, to increasing the number of bike racks, lanes and on-street corrals - we continue to work to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city,” Ravenstahl said.
Additional inverted “U” racks will be installed downtown based on supply and demand. Installation began today and will be completed by the month's end. The racks cost approximately $100 each and will continue to be installed across the city in neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville and Squirrel Hill.
"More people than ever are riding bikes Downtown, yet supply of secure bike parking has not kept up with demand," said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH. "With this commitment from the City of Pittsburgh, it will be even easier to stop for a bite to eat, go to a meeting, or go shopping with peace of mind that your vehicle will be there when it's time to leave."
"With more and more people living and working downtown, these new bike racks will add to Pittsburgh's vibrancy, providing more transportation options and allowing cyclists to easily enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment offered in our city's expanding golden triangle," said Yarone Zober, chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and chairman of the Board of Directors for the URA.
Since introducing new bike and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl has worked with organizations such as BikePGH to make Pittsburgh a an even more bike-friendly city. Currently, the city boasts 500 bike racks and 75 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes, and bike commuting has increased by nearly 300 percent over the last decade. Additionally, Pittsburgh is recognized as a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine, and was chosen as the host city for the 2014 Pro Walk/Bike Conference - which will welcome nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals to our City. Earlier this year, Mayor Ravenstahl also announced a new citywide bike share system.
Projects scheduled for 2013 include the recent installation of the City’s first green bike lane on Liberty Avenue thanks to a generous $23,000 grant from Bikes Belong. The lane will is painted green in an effort to increase the lane’s visibility and improve safety. Additionally, the City will contribute $25,000 this year toward a $100,000 educational campaign sponsored by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) to help ensure that both drivers and bicyclists are lawful, cautions and respectful of one another. This campaign will provide information and tips to drivers on how to safely share City streets with pedestrians and cyclists in dense urban areas.
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