On a Roll, Growth of More Bike Lanes in Pittsburgh
City planners are focusing on making one of the city's busiest areas more bike-friendly, sooner rather than later.
photo courtesy peopleforbikes.org
Pittsburgh's biking movement is on a roll with more talk of expanding the network of bike lanes, this time in Oakland.
The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works is working on a plan, which would connect Oakland’s bike lanes to surrounding neighborhoods. If the initiative goes through, there will be protected bike lanes running along Roberto Clemente Drive to Bouquet Street, as well as from Bigelow Boulevard to Morewood Avenue and throughout Central Oakland.
Although it promises to steer bikers away from traffic-heavy Forbes and Fifth avenues, the plan will ax more than 100 parking spots and limit handicap access to some local businesses.
In addition the the bike lanes, the city also would designate shared lanes throughout Central Oakland.
The plan is far from a done deal, and city officials are seeking feedback, but at the same time, they hope to have a proposal ready by later this summer.
“Ultimately, the city can approve [the proposal] but it would like to do so in conjunction with the community,” Patrick Hassett, a public works director, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Scott Bricker, director of Bike Pittsburgh, called this student-populated area “one of the most important neighborhoods to figure out” as the city looks to become more bike-friendly.
“It’s a fantastic step in the right direction for connecting Oakland to the bike network and making it safer and more comfortable for riders [as well as] actually make bicycling a viable choice,” Bricker tells the paper.
photo courtesy of the delta foundation of pittsburgh
#PittsburghPride: Scrambling for New Headliner
Organizers of this weekend's Pittsburgh Pride events are rushing to book a new concert act to replace Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea, who on Monday canceled her appearance over complaints that she posted homophobic and racist tweets.
Azalea was set to perform Saturday at Liberty Avenue and 10th Street, downtown.
Her booking by the Delta Foundation, the main organizer of Pittsburgh Pride, triggered criticism from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates who accuse the foundation of excluding members of the LGBT community, particularly minorities, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
A spokeswoman for Delta says the group is working to book another act, but no replacement has been found yet.