(PITTSBURGH) June 11, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that Downtown Pittsburgh will be even more bike-friendly with the opening of the new Third Avenue Bike Station, which offers more than 50 new parking spaces for cyclists. This project transformed an unused space on the ground level of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s Third Avenue Garage – located only a block from Market Square – into a much-needed bike parking facility for cyclists. The bike station includes two areas: a free, public area that offers a bike fix-it area and space for approximately 30 bikes, as well as a premium parking area available by annual lease ($100/year) that offers secure, weather-protected storage lockers and parking for up to 24 bikes.
“Providing cyclists with safe, secure parking for their bikes is another step forward in making Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city,” Ravenstahl said. “Project Pop Up: Downtown has made great strides in increasing Downtown’s vibrancy and bringing more people into the heart of our city. This collaborative project will make shopping, dining and entertainment amenities more accessible to cyclists as we continue to make Pittsburgh an even more livable city for everyone.”
Led by BikePGH, this project was made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Mayor’s Project Pop Up: Downtown program, $7,200 from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, and the donation of parts and labor by the PSX Group, one of the Parking Authority's systems contractors, worth $4,200.
“We’ve loved working on this project. Not only does it stay true to the spirit of the Mayor’s Project Pop Up program by taking an underutilized space and making it vibrant and interesting, it addresses a true need in the heart of Downtown,” says Scott Bricker BikePGH Executive Director. “The Third Avenue Bike Station shows off the City’s dedication to bike transportation and sustainability, while helping Pittsburghers save a few bucks and stay healthy.”
The Third Avenue Bike Station provides the city’s growing cyclist population with a protected and safe space to park their bikes. Bicyclists may choose from two parking options:
Free Bicycle Parking:
Premium Bicycle Parking:
“This is a much-needed amenity and we appreciate Mayor Ravenstahl, the Parking Authority and Bike Pittsburgh for working collaboratively and hope to see more of these projects in public and private garages throughout Downtown to meet the demand of our growing cycling community”, states Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
Since introducing new bike and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl has worked with organizations such as BikePGH to make Pittsburgh 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.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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