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Green Lane Project bringing five miles of bike lanes to Pittsburgh

After getting its first real green lanes in Bloomfield last summer, Pittsburgh is one of six American cities that will receive funding and assistance toward establishing safer, dedicated bicycle lanes under the cycling advocacy group PeopleForBikesGreen Lane Project.

Over the next two years, the project will help Pittsburgh establish five miles of protected bicycle lanes on city streets.

“It means we’re one step closer to making our vision a reality,” says Bike PGH Executive Director Scott Bricker, whose organization last year launched its Better Bikeways vision for improving Pittsburgh’s cycling infrastructure. “It’s our vision to provide more safe and comfortable bikeways with 21st century design standards to Pittsburgh.”

Pittsburgh’s participation in the Green Lane Project will net the city a grant of $25,000 for bike lane improvement, which includes tools such as paint, signage, curbs, planters and landscaping. Pittsburgh will also receive $250,000 in engineering, training, outreach and support, which will help give city planners and elected officials the help they need to implement best practices.

“There are some technical things we have to figure out,” Bricker says. “It’s not just protected bikeways but other innovative design.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto addressing the opening plenary of the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., last week, during which he nominated Bricker for a seat on the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

“Our goal is to become a top-10 bike-friendly city,” Peduto said during his address.

Other cities selected for the Green Lanes Project include Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis and Seattle. Previous participants have included Memphis, Portland, Austin and San Francisco — all cities which Bricker has cited as aspirational models for increasing Pittsburgh’s bike-friendliness.

“Without a doubt, it’s a huge boost,” Bricker says. “Green lanes and bike share really go hand-in-hand. With the bike share we’re launching toward the end of summer, we’re going to see many more people riding bikes in Pittsburgh.”

Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Scott Bricker
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