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Bike Parking Ordinance Mtg
Action Alert: Contact Our Senators
National Bike Summit Recap
Basic Bike Mechanic Classes
New Trail Volunteer Fund Established
Complete Streets Coming to Penn Ave
BikeFest '08 Announced
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March 2008 
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Public Meeting: Liberty Ave Shared Lane Markings and the proposed Bike Parking Ordinance
You are invited! Your input is important!

The Pittsburgh Department of City Planning will lead a public presentation regarding the Liberty Avenue SBook Adhared Lane Markings experiment and introduce Bicycle Parking Ordinances for the City of Pittsburgh.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of the survey regarding the Liberty Avenue markings, present the Bicycle Parking Ordinances and gather feedback from the community. The markings are located along Liberty Avenue between the Bloomfield Bridge and Baum Boulevard. The parking ordinance projects will set requirements for bicycle parking in new developments and change in use, and facilitate the installations of bike parking racks in sidewalks throughout the City of Pittsburgh.
Monday 3/24   6:30 to 8PM
West Penn Hospital (Bloomfield)
Winter Garden Room
4800 Friendship Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

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Action Alert: Complete Streets Bill Introduced to Congress

complete streets Take action and get it passed!

US Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa introduced "The Complete Streets Act of 2008," a bill "to promote the design of streets that are safe for all of those using the street - including motorists, bus riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians, including people with disabilities."

The legislation will require states and Metropolitain Planning Organizations to establish complete streets policies and apply them to federally-funded projects.

We expect both bills to be introduced early in the 2nd session of the 110th Congress.

Find out more and urge senators Casey and Specter to support the bill
Bike Pittsburgh Attends National Bike Summit in D.C.
Mike Doyle, Pittsburgh's congressional representative,  signs National Bike Bill

Book AdFrom March 4th through 6th, Bike Pittsburgh attended the League of American Bicyclists' Annual National Bike Summit.  The summit provides a chance for bicycle activists, industry leaders, and retailers "to forge a new national consensus on the value of getting more people riding bikes more often."  The National Bike Summit provides us with a unique opportunity to workshop with other bike advocacy organizations, inform our members of Congress of the importance of bicycling, and educate them on specific bicycling issues.  After meeting with us, Pittsburgh's congressional representative, Mike Doyle (D-PA, Dist. 14), signed onto a national bike bill (HCRes 305) presented by congressman Earl Blumenthaur's (D-OR).  The bill urges lawmakers to ensure "wise use of the considerable Federal investment in transportation infrastructure, and that expanded funding for bicycling and walking programs is desirable and important."

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Free Ride Adult Basic Mechanic Classes Now Available
Full Summer 2008 Schedule

The Free Ride Bike Coop is offering Basic Adult Mechanics Classes on Sunday evenings throughout the summer months.  This is a great opportunity to pick up some basic repair and maintenance skills in a hands-on learning environment. 

Free RideClass size is limited (and usually fills up), so make sure to sign up for a session today. 

The first class session begins Sunday March 30 and continues through the summer.

Read more and see the complete Summer 2008 schedule
"They Working" Trail Volunteer Fund
they working New funds available for small trail projects

Trail Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide grants to purchase tools, materials, and supplies to be used by volunteer trail projects that create, maintain, or enhance the trails.  In this way the Fund celebrates and encourages the volunteers whose work has made such valuable contributions to western Pennsylvania's growing network of motor-free trails.

The Fund is designed for projects of a few hundred to perhaps a few thousand dollars. 

They are currentely seeking tax-deductable donations to help grow the Fund.  It is a goal that the Fund's endowment will grow large enough to provide this kind of support for the indefinite future and to enable larger grants. 

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Complete Streets Coming to Penn Ave

City Presentation Balances All Modes and Users

Penn Ave
A public meeting was held on Tuesday, March 11th to continue the community dialogue to determine the priorities for the $4-5M phase I design and reconstruction of Penn Ave from Doughboy Square to Negley Ave.

Patrick Hassett, the Assitant Director of DPW's Bureau for Transportation and Engineering gave a presentation about the corridor and the importance of keeping all users in mind: residents, employers, motorists, pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists (to learn more about Complete Streets, click here.)

After the Presentation there were breakout sessions so the community could discuss priorities for the corridor as a whole, and the three main sections of the street. Subjects talked about were public safety, beautification, utilities, traffic (including transit and bike/ped issues), parking (car and bike), and attracting new business to name a handful.

We will keep you up to date on future public meetings and how this important transportation, employment, shopping, and residential center is shaping up.

Click here to view the project boundaries.

BikeFest '08 Call for Events and Sponsors
BikeFest 08

BikeFest 08 is in the works!  Mark your calendars, June 27 to July 6th is the fourth annual Bike Pittsburgh BikeFest!

We are currently looking for people to spearhead and organize some events for the celebration on two wheels.

Click here To find out about BikeFest and what it means to organize an event

Click here to join the discussion on BikeFest 08

Email us to find out about sponsorship and silent auction opportunities. This is Bike Pittsburgh's flagship event and fundraiser and we need your help to make it a success!
Bike Pittsburgh Now Accepts Donations Via Google
Google Checkout Another way to give

Now donors have a choice about how they make online donations to Bike Pittsburgh. We still accept online donations via PayPal, however, unlike PayPal, Google Checkout is fee-free for nonprofits until 2009. That means if you donate $100, we receive the full $100 instead of being charged a hefty transaction fee.

If you would like to donate to us and become a member, please give it a shot!

Thanks in advance!

Pittsburgh Cycling Calendar

All Things Cycling and More!

calendarClick here to view the Pittsburgh Cycling Events Calendar For details click on the individual events. If you have a Google Calendar you can easily subscribe to our events listing.

If you have a bike event or ride you'd like to submit, simply contact us. Be sure to answer all the typical questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how much.

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