We are proud to announce that BikePGH has won the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s “Advocacy Organization of the Year” award.
Here’s what the Alliance had to say:
On its face, Pittsburgh is a tough place to ride a bicycle. The streets are steep and twisting, and the winters are long and brutal. But bicycle mode share is up and the Steel City is charged up with new enthusiasm for active transportation. Why? Bike Pittsburgh. The advocates at BikePGH have been working hand-in-hand with government officials to get new infrastructure on the ground, partnered with the local companies to get the business community on board and created innovative programs, like Car Free Fridays, that are getting more people on bicycles. But BikePGH excels at more than the nuts and bolts of basic organizing. The members of their small staff are the best kind of ambassadors for the movement: They’re friendly, energetic and welcoming. The work and attitude of BikePGH are making Pittsburgh a mighty appealing place to ride… despite the tough terrain.
In the coming weeks, we’re expecting to see several miles of bike lanes and sharrows (shared lane markings) installed on Pittsburgh’s streets. There are about five miles that are ready to go, with another seven miles that are in design and are expected to be installed by the end of the painting season, according to Stephen Patchan, the City’s Bike/Ped Coordinator.
Read the entire article over at Bike-PGH.org.
All of Bike Pittsburgh’s staff is in Washington DC right now for the National Bike Summit - a few days where we get to trade strategies with over 700 other advocates from around the country, then storm the capitol building to talk with our Representatives and Senators about bicycling issues. One of the big news items (so far) at this year’s summit was Google’s announcement of a “bike there” option on their online maps.
In the quest to create the most maintenance-free commuter bike on the market, Torker has taken it upon themselves to try to broaden our horizons a bit with their brand new Graduate, available for 2010 for about $500. On quick glance, the bike appears to be a simple, no frills urban commuter—something that won’t stand out when locked to a parking meter. No derailleurs, no suspension, no visible brakes? Even the standard paint is gray with minimalist decals and black components. The overall look is basically what comes to mind when someone says “urban commuter.” It’s an upright bike whose clean lines and sloping geometry looks fast and spry enough to avoid the surprise pothole, yet tough enough to withstand one. Actually riding the bike lives up to the first impression where the balance between speed and sturdiness succeeds without compromising too much of either.
On closer inspection, there are some exciting things going on. Torker has hooked up the bike with beautiful alloy high-flange Sturmey Archer 5-speed internally geared hubs with drum brakes actuated by Avid Speed Dial levers. The All Rounder bars are a bit wide for my tastes, but do help put your body in a comfortable riding position that is still a bit aggressive. The standard fenders are a great addition that may help steer some undecided buyers into the saddle knowing that they won’t have to add them later. Also, the stock tires are a sturdy 32mm Tioga Gritty Slicker that give you the option to take this directly from the road to some light trails. Stripped down to the basics, the bike looks and rides what you’d expect and want from a versatile urban commuter. When compared to the current crop of single speed and fixed gear commuters, its 29.5 lbs is on the heavy side, but not so bad that it would turn a few flights of stairs into a chore. Compared to other multispeed bikes with fenders and city tires at the same price point, the Graduate is only marginally heavier, primarily due to the drum brakes.
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In a post on the Google Earth and Maps team blog, the ubiquitous company revealed plans to add the long awaited “Bike There” option to their maps.
They say that by integrating this [new] information, and working with specialized data sources like the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Boundaries and the US Geological Survey’s National Hydrography Dataset, we’ve been able to expand and improve features in our maps like parks and water bodies.
Read more at www.Bike-PGH.org.